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BernCo Opens Rio Grande Pool and Fitness Centers for Limited Use


Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is slowly re-opening some of its facilities that closed in March due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions.

All Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space facilities, such as ballfields, courts, rodeo arenas, swimming pools, playgrounds, open space buildings, and community centers remain closed until further notice for any organized activity, including traditional summer camp, sports team practices and games, little leagues, or rodeos, and special events at county facilities.

BernCo Parks, Recreation and Open Space facility availabilities are limited and as follows:


Rio Grande Pool – Open 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. by reservation only

  • Limited swimmers in facility – 4 lanes open, 4 lanes closed as separation between swimmers
  • No spectators
  • Social distancing will be observed
  • Lap swim only
  • No open recreational swim

Community Centers – Closed (Except for fitness centers)

  • Fitness centers are open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. by reservation only
  • Virtual summer camp via Facebook and YouTube
  • Special events are not being scheduled but requests for late summer or fall events are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must meet Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order
  • Ed Chismar mobile recreation unit making appearances

Summer lunch grab-n-go continues Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • ALL outdoor swimming pools and splash pads
  • Community centers
  • Summer sports leagues (Youth basketball and adult softball)
  • Play areas in county parks
  • All ballfields and athletic facilities (Limited use for organizations with approved user agreements in place)
  • Rodeo and equestrian arenas
  • Jimmy Nieto Softball Tournament
  • Gutierrez/Hubbell House Museum
  • Bachechi environmental building and bathrooms

Bernalillo County management is in talks regarding after school programming as kids head back to class in mid-August. No determinations have been made at this time.

Any resident who has already paid for a summer program or camp is entitled to a refund or credit toward another program/season. Information about refunds/credits is at: https://www.bernco.gov/uploads/files/ParksRecreation/CREDIT%20or%20REFUND.pdf.

Information about available summer programming opportunities through Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and

Open Space can be found at: https://www.bernco.gov/community-services/parks-recreation.aspx.

Facebook: @berncoparks

Rio Grande Pool information: https://www.bernco.gov/community-services/swimming-pools-spray-parks.aspx

County information is available on the BernCo website at www.bernco.gov.

Up-to-date information about state mandates and information is at www.newmexico.gov.

Information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.cdc.gov.

The New Mexico Health Department COVID-19 information line is: 855-600-3453.

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