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New aquatics manager familiar with Roswell

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The Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center has a new aquatics manager who is no stranger to athletics and youth in the area.

Recreation Manager Marcus Gallegos introduced Mick Reeves as the new aquatic supervisor at Monday evening’s virtual meeting of the Roswell Parks and Recreation Commission.

Reeves was promoted to the position after Todd Fizer, who started in March, left for a position in his home state of West Virginia, Gallegos said. Reeves has been working for the recreation department for a little over a year and a half.

“He has a lot of years of experience managing sports so he was a perfect fit for what we need to do,” Gallegos said.

Reeves told the commission members he has spent most of his life in Roswell and played sports at Roswell High School. He played in the Chicago Cubs minor league system and football in Europe before returning to Roswell. He taught physical education and coached at Gateway Christian School.

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“The aquatic side is really new to me. I’ve been involved in a lot of sports and a lot of different activities. We really believe in helping out the youth and giving them things to do,” he said.

The indoor pool is open and offering what activities it can under the public health order, Reeves said. That includes lap swimming, a water aerobics class and swimming lessons. A swim team is also using the pool from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, he said.

“We get a lot of members that are coming in. When the doors are open, they’re ready to go,” Reeves said of lap swimming. The water aerobics class attracts six to 10 people per session, he said.

Gallegos said the recreation center is also getting good use despite the restrictions under the health order.

“We’re not allowed to do any kind of sports or anything with our kids yet, so that’s really hindering us. But one of the things that really has taken off is the new weight room and exercise room,” he said.

Gallegos said the center has seen about 36 new memberships since Jan. 1.

“We’re really excited about that and as the state relaxes things for us, we’ll open more,” he said.

He said for those who had memberships last year, the center extended them beyond the amount of time the center was actually closed.

“Like the two weeks that the governor shut us down for the reset, we actually extended everybody’s membership by a month,” he said.

With the health order restrictions, attendance at the Roswell Adult Center has been low, Gallegos said. The center is not able to rent rooms or have classes, so most of those coming in are playing pool, he said.

“We do have people go the hospitality room to sit and have coffee, but that’s still been very, very few. We have a few people using the cardio room right now but not very many,” Gallegos said.

Jim Burress, special services and parks director, reported on Saturday’s reopening of the Spring River Zoo and the progress of the new splash pad in Carpenter Park.

The cement for the splash pad has been poured and crews are getting ready to install fixtures, Burress said. The city is waiting on licenses from the state, but Burress said the splash pad should be completed by early May.

About 250 people have signed up for the zoo’s opening after the 10-month closure, Burress said. Due to the health order, reservations are needed to visit the zoo. The zoo’s grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday will include a scavenger hunt with prizes, gift shop and food truck.

The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission fees will not go into effect until March.

The pond is still closed at this time, Burress said. A city water line has been extended to fill the pond, but Burress said he is waiting for electrical lines to be installed so fountains and compressors can be hooked up. He didn’t give a timeline for when the pond will open.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.