Michael Prieto, 9, on the shoulders of Anthony Ramirez, 10, takes one of the last flings in the city pool.
On Friday night about a dozen adults and children made the last summer splash in the city’s new pool.
The pool, which opened June 19 after being closed for two years, closed last night for the season – much earlier than anticpated.
Ten-year-old Anthony Ramirez said he comes to the pool twice a week. “I’ll miss it,” he said.
Paula Chavez, a mom who had come with her son Marcus Chavez, 11, said, it was a shame the pool was closing early.
“August is very hot,” she said.
In fact, today’s high is forecast to be 100.
Melissa Prieto, who was with her son, Michael, 9, said, “I’ll miss it. It gives the kids something to do. The lifeguards are all in sports.”
The city’s lifeguards are all athletes and they have to begin attending practices next week, said Carla Rey, administrative assistant with the city.
In addition, the city’s head lifeguard, Kim Garcia, works at the Tucumcari Elementary School.
Director of the city’s Youth and Recreation Department and pool manager Scott Simpson discussed the closure at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting.
Next year, Rey said the city plans to have a different hiring mix so that the pool can stay open until Labor Day as planned.