Mayor Keller, city officials provide update on youth summer programs

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque officials gave additional details about the city’s preparation of phase one reopening as well as child, youth, and summer programs. Phase one can only be implemented if Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham lifts restrictions on the public health order Friday.

According to Mayor Keller, programs are ready to be offered this summer, but modified to operate following social distancing procedures. In an typical year, the city provides summer programs to over 30,000 kids. This year, the summer programs will be operating at only 20% capacity.

The city is planning to kick off the summer programs like the Explora Education Camp, Open Space Summer Youth Corps and Camp BioPark. However, some of the activities typically available for those programs are going to be on hold. For example, some of the things for Camp BioPark are not going to be available since indoor facilities at the like the Penguin Exhibit, the reptiles and amphibian enclosures are closed until at least phase three.

The BioPark and zoo will reopen to the general public in phase two. The city says they’re putting this off so they can avoid big crowds until it’s safe. Also when they do reopen the parks, they will be operating at 50% capacity.

Programs and facilities available during phase one

  • Child Development Centers
  • Virtual Library Summer Reading
  • Community Center youth programs
  • Multi-Generational Center youth programs
  • BioPark programs at the Zoo, Botanic Gardens and Heritage Farm
  • Playground Recreation Programs (pending APS approval)
  • Public pool lap swim and swim teams
  • Explora education program
  • Museum school
  • Most libraries (for basic services only)
  • Summer meals (limited sites, grab-and-go style)
  • Therapeutic recreation programs
  • Open Space Summer Youth Corps
  • Mayor’s Creative Youth Corps
  • Playgrounds to open with disinfecting protocols in place

Registration and lottery for summer programs

Program details and registration and lottery processes for summer youth programs vary depending on the department offering the program. Registration for community center programs this summer will be conducted through a lottery system. The lottery will take place from May 11 to May 20. Parents will then be notified May 26 to May 29.

Registration information for programs can be found online at www.play.cabq.gov

Virtual Programs

The following events and programs have been modified to be virtual-only:

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Bilingual Open Space Family Nature Clubs
  • Mayor’s Creative Youth Corps
  • ABQtoDo – Centralized Family and Youth Activities on City Website
  • Community Center High Five a Hero
  • Water Safety Demonstrations
  • Training and New Employee Orientation for Summer Program Staff

Aquatics programs registration details

Pending the public health order, registration for private lessons at West Mesa and Los Altos will open up June 1 for a start on June 15. Swimming lesson classes will also start on July 6 with a registration date of June 15.

Recreation programs registration details

The Recreation Division will be offering tennis lessons and pickleball lessons this summer. Tennis lessons will be offered at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center and the Sierra Vista Tennis Facility. Pickleball lessons will take place at the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex.

Registration will take place in person at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center, the date has not yet been released. Also, a full schedule for lessons will soon be posted at www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation.

Open Space programs registration details

Reservations for Summer Series hikes and events will begin on May 15 by email and telephone. More details are expected to be released.

Canceled Programs

The City of Albuquerque announced a number of summer events and programs that are canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those events and programs include:

  • Teen Nights
  • Downtown Summerfest
  • Westside Summerfest
  • Nob Hill Summerfest
  • Heights Summerfest
  • Open Swim at least until July
  • Swim Meets
  • All Special Events at Pools
  • All Birthday Parties at Pools
  • Water Polo Meets
  • Water Polo Team Practices
  • Softball Leagues at least until July
  • Baseball Leagues at least until July
  • All summer tournaments
  • Festivals/Large Events
  • Metro Swim Program
  • Rail Yard Growers Market at least until July
  • Downtown Growers Market
  • Community Center Talent Show
  • Zoo Music
  • Garden Music
  • Old Town Concerts
  • Summer Concert Series
  • All Events at KiMo Theatre
  • Events at Golf Courses

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