Pool open for summer

William Thompson

Tucumcari Municipal Pool opened June 2, and will be open seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until school starts again in late August.

Amber Martin, the head lifeguard at the pool, said the first week of the pool’s operation was especially busy. “It’s always busy the first week because the kids are so excited,” said Martin. “Then it will tend to taper off a bit, but we still get a lot of kids throughout the summer.” Martin said around 80 or so people, mostly youths, come by the pool on a daily basis. “We get a lot of regulars,” she said, “but also there are traveling youth groups and athletic teams that stop by to use the pool during the summer.” Martin noted that the number of customers has slacked off a little because there is no longer a high dive at the pool. “The high dive was really popular,” she said. “It’s not as fun for some kids without the high dive.”

Lorraine Medford, a grandmother of two, brought her grandchildren to the pool Tuesday shortly after 1 p.m., and the pool was already beginning to get crowded.
“Jasmine is 7 and Devon is six,” said Medford. “They are visiting me from Clovis for two weeks, and they love coming to the pool everyday. They love diving off the diving board.”
Marciano Acosta, 14, said the pool is the place to be on a summer afternoon. “It’s a nice pool,” said Acosta. “My friends come here. I think the price is a little high, but my parents give me money to come here.” Martin said there are always at least five lifeguards on hand daily. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the pool holds “Family Night” which gives families a chance to enjoy the pool with less children around.

Martin also noted that the pool can be rented out after 6 p.m. The cost is $40 and lifeguards can be hired at $7 per hour per lifeguard. The pool does a have a cookout patio for parties. The city’s Director of Recreation, Scott Simpson, was at the pool Monday and he said the pool is in need of improvements. “We are trying to get grant money so we can redo the filtration system and the concrete,” said Simpson. The pool is 28 years old.” Cost of admission to the pool is $1.05.