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BernCo Ballfields and Community Centers Open for Limited Use

11:39 AM
Tom Thorpe, O (505) 314-0403, C (505) 414-0485 - tthorpe@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – Recent changes in the state public health order have allowed Bernalillo County to open some recreation facilities on a limited basis.

Bernalillo County emphasizes that any teams or individuals, with an approved use agreement for use of county facilities, must follow health safety guidelines that are still in place, such as social distancing (six feet), mandatory use of masks (even at outdoor facilities), and no more than 10 people, to include coaches or instructors, allowed to gather for practice or training. There is still no competition allowed at any facilities, per the state mandate.

Four community centers are open and offering grab-n-go lunches Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunches are available for anyone under the age of 18. Each of the community centers is also offering all-day care for school-aged children. Each center can accommodate 25 kids and spaces are still available for all-day care as follows:

Program cost: $60.00 per week

Westside Community Center – 9 registered – 14 slots available
(505) 314-0176
1250 Isleta Blvd. SW 87105

Paradise Hills Community Center – 18 registered – 6 slots available but maximum is expected week of 9-28
(505) 314-0245
5901 Paradise Hills Blvd. NW 87114

Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center – 8 registered – 19 slots available
(505) 468-7800
9800 4th St. NW 87114

Los Vecinos Community Center – 21 registered – 4 slots available but maximum is expected week of 9-28
(505) 314-0240
478 ½ Old Hwy. 66, Tijeras NM, 87059

The health order changes have allowed the county to open ball fields and teams interested in using county facilities must call and register with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department. The number is 505-314-0400.

All county outdoor pools and splash pads will remain closed for the season. Rio Grande indoor pool is open as follows:

Rio Grande Pool - By reservation only, reservations must be made 24 hours in advance at (505) 314-0169

  • Limited swimmers in facilities
  • No spectators
  • Social distancing will be observed
  • M – F: 6 – 9 a.m., 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

County information is available on the BernCo website at www.bernco.gov.

Up-to-date information about state coronavirus mandates and information is at www.newmexico.gov.

Information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.cdc.gov.

The New Mexico Health Department COVID-19 information line is: 855-600-3453.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.

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