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Posted on: June 26, 2019

New recreation center opens Saturday, June 29

Recreation and Aquatic Center entrance

The residents of Roswell and visitors to the community will be able to dive into the city’s newest recreational facility Saturday, June 29, during the grand opening of the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. and a ceremony is planned to begin at 10:15 a.m., featuring a variety of speakers representing entities that had a hand in the creation of this modern, multi-use recreation center at 1402 W. College Blvd. The ceremony will also include city councilors and kids who are part of the city’s youth recreation programs commemorating the opening with a hoop shoot in the gymnasium and Mayor Dennis Kintigh joining youngsters to take the first trip down the slide into the outdoor pool. Any youth who have participated in the city’s recreation programs are asked to wear their recreation-program shirts when attending Saturday’s grand opening.

Free tours of the facility will be available throughout the day, and those coming to the center Saturday will receive giveaway items of beach balls and commemorative wristbands while supplies last. Also, free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided by radio stations Hot 92.9 and Fierro 106.1 to the first 500 people. Those two stations, as well as Hot 97.1 will be broadcasting live from the center Saturday.

Representatives of Keep Roswell Beautiful will be at the grand opening to provide information about its efforts and welcome any new volunteers wishing to help with its programs. During Saturday’s event, people can also sign up at the Keep Roswell Beautiful table for a city raffle that will give away a Recreation and Aquatic Center one-year membership for a family of up to six people.

Beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 8 p.m., the public will be able to use the new facility’s amenities, which include an indoor pool featuring lap swimming and a climbing wall above the water and an outdoor pool complete with a two-story slide and other water amusements. On the other side of the center is a gymnasium, as well as multi-purpose rooms – one of which has ping pong tables – and fitness rooms featuring on-demand fitness class videos. The Recreation and Aquatic Center can host group exercise classes, youth and adult sports, art classes and birthday parties while also offering activities in the pools such as water aerobics and swim lessons.

Attending the grand-opening festivities is free. Regular admission fees will apply Saturday for people using the facility following the opening ceremony. Information about daily-use fees and membership options, as well as various classes and programs that will be offered at the center, are found online at roswell-nm.gov/Recreation-Aquatic-Center. Memberships can be purchased at Saturday’s event or online at roswellconnect.com. The Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center will be able to be reached by phone at (575) 624-6719.

The approximately $20 million facility, which began construction in November 2017, was designed by the architects at Huitt-Zollars, with the aquatic designs done by Counsilman-Hunsaker. Both are national firms doing work throughout the country. The general contractor for construction of the center was Waide Construction of Roswell.

Here is the schedule for Saturday’s opening ceremony that will begin in the mezzanine of the center:

10 a.m. Doors open to the community

10:15 a.m. Welcome from Mayor Dennis Kintigh

10:20 a.m. Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troops 72 and 7 and Pack 7, National Anthem, Prayer by City Councilor Savino Sanchez

10:25 a.m. Introduction of staff by Center Recreation Manager Marcus Gallegos and Parks and Recreation Director Jim Burress

10:30 a.m. Center Aquatic Manager Jessica Walker of United Pool Management

10:35 a.m. Joe Gallegos of Huitt-Zollars (architectural firm that designed the facility)

10:40 a.m. Hoop shoot to christen gymnasium

10:45 a.m. “Slide into Summer Celebration” at outdoor pool

11 a.m. Pool, gymnasium and other areas of the center open for public use (regular fees apply)

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