This is pretty cool news for county residents. And I mean “cool” in every sense of the word.

City outdoor pools won’t be the only places to get your splash on Memorial Day weekend. El Paso County Parks and Recreation just dropped the good news; county-run pools will also be making their summer debut this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, May 29, Ascarate Pool, located inside Ascarate Park, and the county pools in Fabens and Canutillo will open to the public for water fun in the hot El Paso sun.

All three were closed last summer because of COVID-19 safety concerns so I’m betting those who live outside the city limits are super-excited to finally have them reopen.

Ascarate, Gallegos Park, and Veteran Park Pools

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The Ascarate aquatic center houses an Olympic size outdoor pool as well as a small pool for children. Adding to the fun factor are slides for kids and adults, and an enclosed picnic area with shaded BBQ grills. Veterans Park Pool in Fabens and Canutillo Pool in Gallegos Park both feature a water slide, diving board, and a shaded pool deck.

Memorial Weekend Swim Hours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Swim sessions will be conducted in two sessions; 12pm - 2pm & 3pm-5pm.

Adults: $3
Youth (17 and under): $2
Seniors: $2

According to the El Paso County Parks website, there will be a park entrance fee at Ascarate Park of $2 per car on Saturday and Sunday, and a $5 fee on Memorial Day. Cash only. These fees apply to all vehicles entering the park, regardless of intended park use.

Covid Guidelines

The governor says no masks, so face masks are optional. All pools will still be following social distancing guidelines, though, and will be operating at 75% capacity per session.

How to Get There

Ascarate Pool / Veterans Park in Fabens / Canutillo Pool at Gallegos Park

Parks Switch Over to Summer Hours

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County Parks & Rec also announced all County parks will change over to summer hours starting Saturday. From May 29 until the fall, county parks will open to the public from 5:30 a.m. to11 p.m.

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