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Diving Into Summer

City opens pools offer to help residents beat the heat and learn water safety

May 27, 2022

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, the Parks and Recreation Department will fully open 11 of their 12 outdoor pools for the summer season. The last to open, Montgomery Pool, is scheduled to open on June 27 following the completion of facility upgrades that include an improved water circulation system to enhance water quality and conservation, new tile and plaster, and an all new gutter system.

“Memorial Day weekend and re-opening City outdoor swimming pools mark the unofficial start of summer,” said Dave Simon, Director of the Parks and Recreation. “City pools are the best place for families to cool off, have fun, and learn to swim.”

Albuquerque public pools have been a community favorite since the City opened its first pool in 1926. City pools see nearly 350,000 visits per year, hosting recreational use and aquatic programming. Swimming lessons are available for all ages, including lessons for parents with infants. In addition to the public outdoor pools, the City also operates three splashpads. Splashpads at Wells Park, Cesar Chavez and Manzano Mesa will be open from June 13 through July 29.

“Our goal is that every child learns to swim,” said Josh Herbert, Aquatics Division Manager.  “We encourage parents and guardians to put their children in our excellent learn-to-swim program so kids can learn this vital life-skill.”

There are plenty of swim lesson spots available for June. Registration for July lessons opens on June 18th.  Registration is online at or in-person at any of the pool locations. Swim lesson scholarships are also available.

For more information about public pools and splashpads, including locations and hours of operation, visit

The City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining nearly 300 parks, 143 miles of multi-use trails, more than 29,000 acres of Major Public Open Space, four municipal golf courses, and numerous aquatics and recreation facilities throughout Albuquerque. Hundreds of employees across six divisions within the Department take pride in ensuring Albuquerque residents have great facilities to foster a vibrant and healthy community.