ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Rio Grande indoor pool in Albuquerque is about to get bigger, better, and safer; and the county is asking APS to help fund the project.
Most of the funding for the multimillion dollar project is coming from the county, but they are looking for $400,000 more to complete it. The county will present the funding plan for it at Wednesday’s APS board meeting.
School officials tell KRQE News 13 even though that is a lot of money, they support the cause.
The county and APS have been working together to maintain the pool, which is used by both the public and the school. Part of the facility master plan calls for protecting the health and safety of students and those who use the pool.
So when the pool started deteriorating it was shut down in the fall, drained and demolished.
The new plans for the pool would not only make it safer, but bigger – Olympic-size for competitions. Other additions include classrooms, a large slide and a wading pool for kids.
APS say the funding for these upgrades would come from the Capital Master Plan which has millions of dollars available for projects. While that’s no more money than in previous years, officials say helping out with the pool would not take away money from any existing projects.
“It certainly can come from Capital Master Plan. There may be some need to take it out of operational. There is carryover money they could use for this purpose as well,” said Analee Maestas, APS board president.
Students say they support the changes and hope it will give them something to look forward to.
“More kids would come to the pool and swim in it and we’ll spend more time in it,” said Rio Grande High School student Sapphire Martinez.
The meeting is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at APS headquarters, and it is open to the public.