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Gallup swim, recreation facilities to re-open next week

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Gallup's swimming and recreational facilities will reopen next week, but only at half the normal operating capacity due to the pandemic, the city announced in a news release posted on its website.


The Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center will open on April 12 and the Gallup Aquatic Center will open the following day.


In the announcement, the city spelled out rules for each facility, bound by the governor's public health order.


The aquatic center will be limited to single lane laps only, with 11 lanes and 11 swimmers at a time. Swim blocks will be scheduled 45 minutes at a time, beginning on the hour. Swimmers are limited to two reservations per week. Reservations to swim will be online at https://www.gallupnm.gov/200/Aquatic-Center. Masks are required at all times, except while in the water. Additionally, water fountains, lockers and showers will not be available for use.  Swimmers are encouraged to come showered and in their swimsuits ready to swim, but will be allowed to spray down before swimming.


The only portions of the recreation center available for public use will be the weight and cardio rooms. Hand Sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be placed throughout the facility, masks are always required and members will be reminded to socially distance.


Call (505) 722-2619 with questions about the recreation center or call (505) 726-5460 with questions about the aquatic center.


Hours for the Gallup Aquatic Center:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hours for the recreation center:


  • Monday to Friday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed