Lake Pueblo swim beach won't open for Memorial Day

PUEBLO, Colo. - Visions of swimming at Lake Pueblo this Memorial Day weekend will have to be through a chain-link fence.
"We really appreciate how disappointing it is to not have the swim beach, it's a big key to the park," said Monique Mullis, the manager at Lake Pueblo.
It's all because a half-a-million dollar renovation of the facilities that was delayed by wet and wild weather this spring.
Just this week, a cottonwood tree at the swim beach fell onto the picnic shelter. The estimated price tag for the fix is $200,000. Park managers aren't sure when the popular beach will reopen.
"Hopefully it's going to be worth the wait and I'm sure it will be," Mullis said.
As for the visitor impact to Lake Pueblo, Mullis said for the swim beach it all depends on the weather. She doesn't expect a hit to camping and boating numbers.
Lake Pueblo officials said they expect five to six thousand people camping here this Memorial Day weekend and thousands more out on the water.
"I can't wait. I've been waiting six months for this now, ever since we pulled it out of the water," said Andrew Sargent, a boater at Lake Pueblo.
It hasn't been an easy stretch for boaters though.  Destructive winds in March caused a half-a-million dollars in damage to the North Shore Marina.

The good news, is that most of Lake Pueblo is open for business just in time.


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