Closed since the summer of 2004, Tucumcari’s city swimming pool could possibly be open by the dog days of summer, said city officials.
The city has received a conditional permit to begin repairs and hopes to solicit bids for repairs bids this coming week, said Doug Powers, director of the city’s Community Development.
There are leaks in the pipes and the equipment needs to be upgraded to meet current regulations, Powers said.
Initially, the city asked the state for $650,000 so that the entire pool complex, including the pool house, could be renovated and updated. But, the city only received a $100,000 grant from the state legislature for the project. It’s expected that the city could contribute between $25,000 and $30,000 towards the repairs, he said.
Design work on the repair and updating of the pool began last fall and since that time construction material costs have risen, Powers said. So, he says he’s is hoping that those increases will not affect the project.
Scott Simpson, city recreation director, said the Elks and other civic groups have offered to contribute to the project
Meanwhile, Simpson and Powers met earlier this week with a designer of Aquatics of New Mexico in Rio Rancho to iron some of the final details for the repair and updating plan for the pool.
“We’re hoping that it will be open for a few weeks at the end of the summer,” Simpson said.