Brushing the bottom of the pool for any surface debris are, from left, Rich Encinias and Curtis Simpson, who are lifeguards. Getting their first look at the new pool are lifeguards, from left, Jessica Rey, Kadi Powers, Carmen Alarcon, Cydnie Rich, R
It's pool time – almost.
With its new pump, diving boards, tile, lights kiddie pool and resurfacing Tucumcari's city pool is nearly ready for opening day. Hopefully, it will be next week, said Scott Simpson, city recreation director.
"The first day will be a free day," said Simpson.
The pool can accommodate 175 people, Simpson said, "and we'll probably have someone at the gate counting on that day."
However, the pool’s opening date has been pushed back several times, Simpson said. And now, he said he’s hesitant to set an exact date.
Some of the reasons include permitting inspections and making sure the pool's surface is cured and cleaned properly so that its pumps will also operate efficiently, Simpson said.
Meanwhile, the pool manager, Kim Garcia, and eight lifeguards were given a brief introduction and tour of the facility on Tuesday.
Today, the new lifeguard staff is to be at the pool to assist outside in the pool's clean up and inside at the pool house, where there are bathrooms and offices to be spruced up.
The pool will be open through Labor Day and closed only for the Fourth of July, Simpson said.
There will be swim classes, family nights and other activities. Hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Costs will be:
l $1.50 for children to 17
l $3 for adults, 18 and up
l $60, swim pass for children
l $80, swim pass for adults
l $40 per night rental.
Simpson said the passes offered families a good price, with the daily cost coming out to about 75 cents.