Free swimming passes will be available for Albuquerque families to pick up starting May 27th. These passes have proven to be extremely popular in past years and run out very fast, so you'll have to act quickly if you're looking to pick one up. This is part of a city effort to deter kids from playing in ditches and arroyos, and instead go swimming at a public pool. The Ditch and Water Safety Task Force warns us that ditches and arroyos are extremely dangerous and can even be deadly. In addition. the task force also encourages youth to skateboard in the free skate parks around the city, rather than in the ditches and arroyos.
Swimming passes will be handed out starting May 27th, following the Memorial Day holiday, and will be given away until they run out. There are several locations to choose from, including KOB TV Studios, Albuquerque Police Area Commands, Bernalillo County Fire Department locations, Albuquerque Fire Department locations and Mechanical Concepts (505-345-9400). If you miss the May 27th opening day, it might be a good idea to contact the location you're planning on picking up tickets from to see if they still have passes available. The great thing about these passes is that they're valid at both city and county pools, giving families a wide range of location options to choose from.
Albuquerque residents know that June is monsoon season for our great city, resulting in flooding of the arroyos. Its important that parents talk with their kids about the dangers of ditches so that they will not go near them. While it may not seem like a big deal, ditches have been a catalyst for many injuries and deaths, including those of children. Visit the Kids Corner on the Ditch and Water Safety Task Force website to learn creative ways to discuss ditch safety. Additionally, its equally important to talk about water safety before swimming in the public pools. The City of Albuquerque also provides swim lessons for children of all levels for the cost of $25 each. Summer classes start June 2nd so be sure to call quickly to reserve a spot.