ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque swimming pools allow recreational swimming for the first time in over a year. Saturday was the opening day for recreational swimming and the turnout was high.
The city of Albuquerque’s outdoor pools reopen at 75%, with indoor pools at half-capacity. People are required to allow time for swimming during the three swimming sessions available in the city. Between these sessions, the staff cleans and disinfects parts of the pool. Even with these new Covid security measures in place, families are thrilled to be back, just in time for the unofficial start of summer.
“I think it’s important for them to spend time outside in the summer and in Albuquerque it’s so hot it’s just one of the biggest options we have so water safety for the kids. children, ”said Kayla Lyall. “Teaching them how to swim and feel comfortable in the water from an early age is important.”
Families weren’t the only ones excited about recreational swimming being allowed again, pool staff were too. Even though lap swimming was allowed last year, staff said there was nothing quite like having families by the pool again.
“It meant a lot to me, I’ve been a lifeguard for almost five years now, so seeing space with the family come together again after a whole year of chaos, who knows what’s going to happen next, that was really cool. to see the whole family and swim and have fun, ”said Danielle Wyatt, head lifeguard at the Rio Grande Pool.
The only outdoor pool not open at the moment is the Wilson Pool in eastern Albuquerque, while it’s undergoing renovations. It should reopen in June.