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Rio Grande pool construction under way

Bernalillo County’s only indoor swimming pool is undergoing major reconstruction. It’s a project that will keep the pool out of order until June 2014.

The Rio Grande Pool, which is on the campus of Rio Grande High School, was built in 1976 and is the last aluminum pan pool still in use in the county, according to project manager Lisa Manwill.

“We know this (the full closure) is an inconvenience,” Manwill said. “But we decided to do it now to have it open for the heavy summer use.”

More than 20,000 swimmers used the pool in June, July and August in 2013.

Manwill said the pool had leaks and the filtration system was not working properly.

“We really got to the point where we were going to have to shut it down,” she said.

Working with a pool design firm, county officials settled on a design that is safe and attractive for the recreational and competitive swimmers who practice at the pool, and will meet building codes and requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Manwill said.


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Renovations will provide a completely new pool (and slide) designed to provide Rio Grande High School swim team with a home pool that meets competition standards. In addition to a new pool, the building will receive a new roof, heating, cooling and ventilation systems, Manwill said.

The plans call for replacing the existing aluminum pan pool with a competition-compliant, concrete-lined pool. The leisure pool area will be built where the current diving well is located.

The estimated cost of the project is $2.9 million.

Additional improvements that include a multipurpose room and an enhanced building exterior are now being designed and will be built in 2014, according to the county’s website.