Posted at: 06/13/2014 4:36 PM
Updated at: 06/13/2014 5:26 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
As the old saying goes, "there is no such thing as a free lunch." That also applies to swim passes for city and county pools in Albuquerque.
Dezaree Vega-Garcia, the coordinator of the Ditch and Water Safety Task Force, says the program has been expanding every single year, and every year, she finds that there's more demand.
"It's great because it raises awareness about the program," he said.
The task force's goal is to keep kids out of ditches and arroyos, which is why swim passes are for kids 17 and younger.
The more swim passes there are, the less parents have to worry about their kids playing in those ditches and arroyos. There have been 50,000 printed so far this year, but they're almost out.
The sponsors include the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Fire Department, APD, Mechanical Concept, a local refrigeration and heating company, along with KOB.
Demand is high and the Albuquerque Fire Department has already run out.
"If we were able to obtain some sponsorship funds, it would be great to have some additional passes this summer," Vega-Garcia said.
The good news is that it only costs a couple of bucks to get into most city and county pools.