'Ditch the Ditches' campaign kicks off with free swim passes, new mascots

Created: 05/27/2014 6:27 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You can now pick up free swim passes for your kids to use at the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County pools.

It’s part of the Ditch the Ditches program and this year it’s getting a new look and mascots.        

The program is also handing out more than 50,000 free swim passes with the goal of keeping kids out of drainage ditches that can turn deadly if a flash flood hits.

“It's a good program,” said Michael Barth. “It's been around since I was a kid.”

The annual summer Swim Pass program is aimed at teaching kids about the dangers of swimming in ditches and arroyos and providing them with safe alternate swimming options.

“Although the arroyos and ditches seem harmless it is important to remember that flash flooding is New Mexico's number one natural disaster,” said Chief David Downey, with the Albuquerque Fire Department. “They can happen any moment and you can be washed away in just seconds.”

The passes are for children under 17 and are good for a free one-day admission at specific City of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County Pools.

KOB is one of the sponsors of Ditch the Ditches this year.

For more information about the program and where to pick up passes, click the following link:

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