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City Adjusts Pool Schedules, Adapts to Later School Times

Parks and Recreation announces adjustment for evening swimming programs.
October 16, 2023

The City of Albuquerque Aquatics Division is shifting schedules to accommodate the new high school bell schedule established by Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). The changes will be in effect November 6, 2023 – February 23, 2024 and will affect schedules for APS high school swim team practices, non-profit swim team practice, water aerobics programs, lap swimming, and recreational swimming.

"We appreciate the community’s patience and realize these adjustments may affect regular routines,” said David Simon, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “The Parks and Recreation Department and APS worked to minimize disruptions and all aquatic user groups will see some changes so everyone can fairly share access to our popular City pools.”

APS moved the high school release time to 3:40 p.m. for the 2023-2024 school year. This required high school swim team practice start times to start later, which also affected other afternoon and evening aquatic programs. The adjusted evening swimming schedule, effective from November 6, 2023 – February 23, 2024, is as follows:

West Mesa Aquatic Center

  • Lap Swim: 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Limited Lanes)
  • Recreational Swim: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Indoor Slide Pool only)

Highland Pool

Lap and Recreational Swim: 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Los Altos Pool

Lap Swim

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rec Swim

  • Friday Only: 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.


  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 7:25 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Betsy Patterson Pool at Sandia High School

Lap and Recreational Swim: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Valley Pool

  • Lap Swim, Monday through Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Water Aerobics: Monday through Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Rec Swim: Friday Only: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For further information and updates regarding the revised swimming schedule, please visit the City's Aquatics website or contact the City of Albuquerque Aquatics Division at 505-768-5368.