Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center
When the warm weather rolls around, everyone is quick to grab their bathing suits and towels and head for the pool. That’s because, not only does the water cool down our bodies, it helps us stay in shape to look good for the rest of summer. Luckily, there’s no need to wait around for the weather to warm up enough to go swimming and get in shape, the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center is at your service year round.
It’s the beautiful new building that sits erect on the corner of Hadley and Solano. As the largest indoor public recreation facility of its kind in the Las Cruces region, this new recreation and aquatic center is part of the existing Hadley Sports Complex that includes basketball, soccer, inline skating, skateboarding, BMX, baseball, softball and playground facilities. The building’s aesthetic, contemporary exterior is only a sample of what can be found within the 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art interior.
The center features an indoor aquatic area with a therapeutic pool, a leisure pool for swimming lessons, a lazy river for play and exercise, and a three-lane pool for lap swimming. For young children, there is a water slide and a zero-depth entry pool with brightly colored water play equipment like cascades, bubblers, dumping buckets and fan sprays. All together, the aquatic area boasts 5,000 square feet of pristine water surface at an average temperature of 86° and is an excellent place to rent for events such as birthday parties.
The aquatic area may sound like a whole lot of fun, but in reality it is so much more than that. The health benefits of swimming are astronomical for people of all ages and fitness levels. For young children, playing in water involves most body parts and muscles, therefore stimulating their growth. For athletes recovering from injuries, or simply trying to avoid them, working out in the water provides the ability to work out the entire body without the harsh impact to the skeletal system. Because swimming is a low impact workout and isn’t weight bearing, it helps relax stiff muscles and joints. It is also known to build flexibility as swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion that helps joints and ligaments stay loose and flexible.
If weight loss is your goal, swimming is recognized as one of the biggest calorie burners around and it is great for maintaining a healthy weight. However, the fitness area on the second floor of the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center has many other tools to help you achieve you fitness goals in an open inviting space. It features state-of-the-art equipment such as free weights as well as elliptical machines, treadmills and indoor cycles that all have a personal television and iPod dock. There are also a variety of fitness classes including yoga, aerobics, spinning, various Zumba classes and Pilates as well as the aquatic fitness classes held in the pool area.
Until the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center opened, public access to swimming was restricted to seasonal outdoor pools or a waning fabric-enclosed lap pool. With affordable admission fees this beautiful new facility is a welcomed addition to recreation and fitness in Las Cruces.
For more information on operating hours, class description, dates and times, or to book an event, please call the aquatic center at 541-2782.