Pueblo Parks and Recreation will increase pool hours due to a state grant

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) — The City of Pueblo Parks and Recreation received the 2022 Pools Special Initiative Grant Award from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.

The city of Pueblo was the only city in southern Colorado to receive the maximum prize money of $25,000.

“We know this grant initiative is part of Governor Polis’ effort to support Colorado swimming and recreation statewide in many local communities like ours in Pueblo, and we are grateful for the award,” said Steven Meier, Director from Pueblo Parks and Recreation.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wanted to ensure communities could take immediate action to support summer pool recreation. This grant was awarded to 71 swimming pools in the state of Colorado. It provides retention, hiring, training and overtime pay assistance if required for staffing purposes.

Although Pueblo Parks and Recreation has had no issues hiring lifeguards or other recreational staff, this grant allows the City of Pueblo to continue providing services to Pueblo citizens during recovery from the pandemic. Pueblo Parks and Recreation plans to increase hours and service availability for the remainder of the summer with the use of this grant

“We take great pride in the services we offer with Pueblo Parks and Recreation and we know that residents look forward to the pools opening each summer as they plan their daily activities of swimming, parks, leagues and other activities that we offer for young people and adults alike,” said Meier.

Pueblo Parks and Recreation has four outdoor pools located throughout the city, including City Park Pool, Mineral Palace Park Pool, Mitchell Park Pool, and Ray Aguilera Park Pool. Opening times vary by location. City Park Pool and Mineral Palace Park Pool have two sessions with session one from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and session two from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Mitchell Park Pool and Ray Aguilera Park Pool are open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information and to view the water programs offered, click here or call 719-553-2790.