PUEBLO, Colo. - After a bad storm caused over $500,000 worth of damage, the Rock Canyon Swim Beach is set to reopen.
As a way to celebrate, you are going to be able to get in free.
The celebration on July 27 will include games and refreshments.
Now that the beach is open and the renovations project is complete, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is excited for the public to see the new restrooms, outdoor showers and changing stations it added.
This was made possible thanks to a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, which is funded primarily from lottery funds.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 11 a.m. on July 27.
Prior to reopening and per standard beach protocols, the water at the beach has been tested according to Colorado Health Department rules.
In addition, special testing was conducted after an unknown and harmless protozoan was discovered in the water late last summer. Officials believe the protozoa in the water was caused by ditch water that fed into the lake.
On both counts, the water has tested fine and within health department regulations.
Info on the beach:
Officials want to remind the public that dogs are not allowed on the beach and glass is prohibited.
Typically, the beach is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays, until Labor Day. It is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There is no extra fee for the beach, but a $7 daily park pass is required on every vehicle that enters the park.
The park, which covers nearly 10,000 acres straddling the Arkansas River on the city’s west edge, also offers 400 camping sites to go with its two full-service marinas, miles of trails, bird watching, a visitor’s center and fish hatchery.