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BernCo Parks and Recreation Sets Summer Schedule

05/07/2020
2:45 PM

In an effort to keep Bernalillo County residents and county employees safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, most summer programs have been cancelled and outdoor swimming pools will not open.

“This is a very difficult decision to make,” says Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Debbie Jo Almager. “The safety of our citizens and staff is of the utmost importance and we want to drastically reduce any chance that this virus could spread through the use of county facilities.”

The following is a schedule of open and closed facilities and cancelled events and programs:

OPEN:

Rio Grande Pool (Opening date and operating hours to be determined)

  • Limited swimmers in facilities
  • No spectators
  • Social distancing will be observed
  • Modified adult swim programming:
  • Lap swim only (no congregating and social distancing must be maintained
  • Adult water exercise
  • NO OPEN RECREATIONAL SWIM

Grab-n-go lunches continues

CLOSED AND CANCELLED:

  • ALL outdoor swimming pools
  • Community centers
  • Summer sports leagues (Youth basketball and adult softball)
  • Jimmy Nieto Softball Tournament
  • New Mexico Recreation & Park Association state conference in Albuquerque

The county Parks and Recreation Department is rebranding for the summer of 2020 with the slogan, “Recreating Recreation to Virtual Involvement for a Healthier and Safer Community Experience.”

While the county is not offering traditional summer camps, “virtual camps” are being set up to offer zoom classes for exercise, art instruction, music classes and more. The county will also offer grab-n-go art kits that kids can use at home.

Almager notes that the county is making every effort to help homebound families.

“We’re encouraging everyone to keep in touch, via the county Parks and Rec website for program offerings that families can enjoy,” says Almager.

Any resident who has already paid for a summer program or camp is entitled to a refund or credit toward another program/season. Information about refunds/credits is at: https://www.bernco.gov/uploads/files/ParksRecreation/CREDIT%20or%20REFUND.pdf.

Information about available summer programming opportunities through Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space can be found at: https://www.bernco.gov/community-services/parks-recreation.aspx.

Rio Grande Pool information: https://www.bernco.gov/community-services/swimming-pools-spray-parks.aspx.

County information is available on the BernCo website at www.bernco.gov.

Up-to-date information about state mandates and information is at www.newmexico.gov.

Information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.cdc.gov.

The New Mexico Health Department COVID-19 information line is: 855-600-3453.

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