City Council President Cynthia D. Borrego And Parks and Recreation Director David Simon Announce Sierra Vista Pool Improvements

Improvements include restored slides.

July 8, 2021

Today, City Council President Cynthia D. Borrego and City Parks and Recreation Director David Simon presented new and planned amenities at Sierra Vista Pool and Tennis Facility.  In late 2019, Director Simon approached Council President Borrego with the matter of repair and possible replacement of the slide at Sierra Vista Pool, one of only two public pools on the City’s Westside.

Pool slide manufacturers recommend slide restoration occur every 10 years to help reduce the cost of potentially more expensive repairs. As discussions progressed, it was determined the slide could be effectively repaired, as opposed to replaced, at a reduced cost. Council President Borrego funded the slide’s repair at a cost of $70,669.  The funds were drawn from District 5 GO Bond Set-Aside Funds. 

The Department immediately applied the funds toward the needed repairs.  Caulking was replaced, leaks on both sides of the slide were sealed.  Patrons had been complaining that the slide was uneven and sometimes painful to play on.  Joints in the slide were smoothed for a smoother ride and since that time, no further complaints have been made.  The slides paint was refreshed and the slide waxed in all sections to provide a more vibrant and slippery ride. 

“Thanks to Councilor Borrego, Sierra Vista Pool’s super slides are as good as new,” said Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Come visit Sierra Vista to splash down, cool off, or learn to swim.”

Right when the Sierra Vista Pool slide was primed for fun, COVID conditions became the norm and all public pools were closed.  After more than a year, City of Albuquerque Pool facilities were reopened in the Spring of 2021 at limited capacity, and resumed full capacity offerings on July 1. Council President Borrego could not be more pleased to see the pool slide enjoyed by District 5 and Westside children.

“Improving recreational facilities during the summer for children gives them outlets to fun and healthy activities essential for our City’s families,” explained Council President Borrego, ‘Sierra Vista Tennis and Pool Facility has been and will grow to be even more central to Council District 5’s offerings and amenities.”

Sierra Vista Tennis Courts are also undergoing improvements.  Council President Borrego successfully lobbied the NM State Legislature in 2021 for $50,000 for improvements to the Sierra Vista Park Facility.  The $50,000 in new funding will be used to begin the process of light installation and some pickleball restriping at the Sierra Vista Tennis Courts, thereby extend the courts’ uses and hours of operation. 

The Parks and Recreation is also considering replacing the sand Volleyball pit with a shade structure and additional seating in the pool area.  Both Council President Borrego and Parks and Recreation Director Simon hold firmly to an expanded sport’s community vision for this long-standing recreational asset in District 5.