Today, the Albuquerque City Department of Parks and Recreation announced that all eight outdoor pools are officially reopening for recreational swimming Saturday 29th May 2021. In the past, outdoor pools always opened on Memorial Day weekend, but the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant the gates stayed closed for the past year.
“During the pandemic, we asked people to do the hard work of social distancing and wearing masks so we could do our favorite things again,” he said Mayor Tim Keller. “Now – we’re starting to see that hard work pays off. We look forward to a summer of safe family gatherings at our pools and splash areas across town. “
Under current New Mexico state reopening guidelines, outdoor pools are limited to 75% capacity and indoor pools are limited to 50% capacity. To limit capacity, all indoor and outdoor city pool visits must be reserved online at play.cabq.gov or by calling the facility and are limited to steps of two hours each. Reservations can be made up to two days in advance. Registration starts at 7 a.m. every day. No spectators are currently allowed. As New Mexico public health regulations change due to vaccination rates and CDC guidelines, the Parks and Recreation Department will continue to review and update pool procedures.
“Our employees were ready and waiting to reopen our water sports facilities,” he said Josh Herbert, Head of Aquatics. “We can’t wait to welcome the community back in a few weeks.”
Many splash pads are also expected to open in Albuquerque in the coming weeks that follow the community center’s schedule, which is closest to each location. The Splash Pad in Civic Plaza will be the first to reopen on May 29, 2021.
The following secure COVID-19 logs are present in each pool:
- Masks are required at all times for non-vaccinated persons in the changing rooms and on the pool deck, but are not permitted in the pool.
- The temperature check is carried out by a receptionist using a digital thermometer. Entry will be refused to anyone with a temperature above 100.4 ° F.
- Reception staff can no longer store personal items.
- A waterproof pouch for placing face coverings in is recommended.
The hygiene measures at each pool include:
- Continued advanced water tests; Full water test on opening and closing and testing of chlorine and pH every hour
- All pools are maintained using standard pool water disinfection methods to include UV systems in all indoor pools.
- Disinfection of shared equipment (kickboards, pull buoys, etc.) after each use.
- The changing rooms, showers and the shift on the pool deck are disinfected for 30 minutes between every hour.
- Soap / shampoo is provided in the showers and rules for showering before entering the pool are strictly observed.
- All users of the facility should not shower after swimming to limit the number of people in the locker rooms.
The city is still hiring seasonal water sports personnel – from lifeguards to water workers and instructors. Positions fill up quickly. Apply at cabq.gov/jobs.