Despite battling an early afternoon rainstorm that cut festivities short, the 2019 Summer Bash at Sedillo Park kicked off the post-school spring semesters on June 1 with the official opening of the community pool. Recreation Director Cindy Rivera was on hand overseeing the variety of activities.
“This is a great way for people to see what Socorro has to offer,” she said. “Plus we want to get kids out and motivated all summer long instead of just sitting at home. Today is an introduction to a fun part of the community for families. Letting parents know that there’s a place like this for the young ones is very important. Days such as this make all of the hard work worth it.”
Several local vendors such as Breakfast Burritos ’N’ More and the Socorro Public Library were on hand as well as traveling vendors from Albuquerque which included Bstyleinit Apparel and Optic Guard Glass & Plastic cleaner offering a complementary shine for your glasses or goggles.
“Our department sent out an email and got a nice response from vendors,” Rivera said. “We have seven total planned to come throughout the day from Socorro county alone.”
Kids were hitting the pool with adults playing beach volleyball. A classic car and bike show also took place in the Sedillo parking lot with travelers from all over the state showing off their whips. Born and raised in San Antonio, Casey Masterson brought his 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon.
“I’ve been a car guy my whole life,” he said. “This vehicle here is still a work in progress because I’ve only had it a few months after purchasing it in Bernaillo. But I was able to give it a nice paint job and throw in a new 289 V-8 engine out of a 1965 Ford Mustang. Being a car guy and knowing how to fix things always keeps me busy.”
As of press time the price for attending the Sedillo Park Pool is $2 per person but could potentially fluctuate depending on weather and special events. The pool is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. All children 12 and under are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Youth baseball is starting up as well and will be a fee of $15 for the summer season. The Stingray Youth Swim Team is also beginning practice and will be going on a series of nine meets in June and July, mainly traveling to Albuquerque and Belen.
The Sedillo Pool and Outdoor Center will be focusing this summer on various upcoming activities for both kids and adults alike.