Text and photography: Alberto Torres
With the presence of hundred of athletes from different cities of the United States who competed in different aquatic disciplines over the weekend, municipal authorities inaugurated the Natatorium Aquatic Center, located at 650 Wallemberg Drive in the west of the city.
The first roofed Olympic swimming pool, with a length of 100 ft, heated, had an investment of $55.5 million dollars and was built with the Quality of Life Bond resources, authorized and voted in 2012. Mayor Dee Margo said that its start-up “is a dream come true for the El Paso community.”
The aquatic complex, which complies with American swimming standards, will bring enormous benefits to the community in the promotion of sports activity, massifications of aquatic disciplines, high performance and, in general, the physical activity of the entire population.
With its opening, regional and national tournaments will come and, at the same time, will bring an economic and tourist development to the city, said Enrique Valadez, regional parks coordinator.
The equipped facilities with giant screens, stands for 750 people and parking for more than 200 vehicles also has swimming and aerobics instructors.
The municipal government announced the opening of two recreational centers by 2019 and one which will have a similar complex in the east of the city equipped with a diving hole. The pool will be open to the public from Monday to Friday from 6 in the morning to 10 in the evening and weekends from 8 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon.