County: Albuquerque needs more swimming pools

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new study says the Albuquerque area should have twice the number of pools it has now.

There are 20 public swimming pools for the more than 650,000 people who live in Bernalillo County.

According to the county’s new parks, recreation and open space master plan there should be about 43 pools in and round the city.

“I don’t think that there are ever enough pools for kids in the city in the summer,” said Mike Boyce.

The master plan analyzed everything from the number of community parks, playgrounds and aquatic centers there should be around town based on national standards.

It shows there are major gaps in swimming facilities in the north, east and south part of the city and county.

Caryn Markfield lives in the Northeast Heights. She said she has to drive all the way to the Westside to find a pool to her liking.

“Like my daughter and grandchildren are going to be coming in about a week and we are trying to find where we can take them and go swim,” said Markfield.

One they get there, she said it’s hard to enjoy because there are so many people at one park.

People sat they want changes.

“We need more pools to swim and have fun,” said Ehud.

The city disagrees with the county’s study. A spokesperson said there are enough pools in city limits based on the population in Albuquerque.

In fact, the city claims it has more pools per person than places like Vegas and Colorado Springs.

The county’s master plan is still in the works.

If the county commission passes it, there could be a number of new pools and parks built in the next decade or so. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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