Policy Goals and Achievements
Councilor Trudy Jones’ efforts emphasize public safety and quality governmental services. She continues to work hard to build on past successes for a better Albuquerque future.
Councilor Jones is committed to providing funds to protect Albuquerque citizens and honoring those who help to protect Albuquerque and the United States as a whole. She has also helped to pass resolutions providing for a Party Patrol Program, Forensic Science and Investigatory Programs, and a Veterans Memorial to honor New Mexico’s fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq . She continues to be very active in Veterans Memorial Park because of her strong belief in honoring those who protect the public safety of the community.
Councilor Jones has been involved in numerous community-enhancing projects. She worked closely with others on the Council to encourage Community Gardens. She has made it a focus to improve the services at the Bear Canyon Senior Center and Holiday Park Community Center and will focus on the Juan Tabo Library next. These facilities provide important services to the residents of District 8. Councilor Jones has prioritized these important community and governmental services that improve the quality of life for taxpayers in District 8.
Councilor Jones has worked with others in the Council to ensure that the City provides a high return on taxpayer investment and operates openly in all it does. Councilor Jones believes that the City should be operated in an efficient and open manner to ensure that citizen’s receive quality and efficient government services. As a council member she continues to work to guarantee that the City wisely uses its funds in providing services to District 8 and the City as a whole.
Councilor Jones has spearheaded many projects in District 8 that have had a positive impact on the community’s quality of life.
Bear Canyon Senior Center: Bear Canyon Senior Center is now open! The grand opening for the center was a huge success with more than 600 people in attendance for the day’s festivities. During the remodel the center was enlarged to include a new administrative office area and an enclosed atrium area. The HVAC system has been upgraded to refrigerated air and all of the bathrooms are now ADA compliant. The parking lot has been resurfaced while improving ADA parking and access along with creating a new drop-off plaza and entry drive. In addition, the irrigation system and landscaping have being upgraded. The centers fire suppression system was updated along with the electrical system and technology upgrades were added. To top it off the building received a fresh coat of stucco and paint along with all new furniture. This project was funded through General Obligation Bonds in the amount of 1 million dollars along with a state grant and District 8 set aside funds.
Holiday Park Community Center: Holiday Park Community Center has officially reopened! It was originally built in the 1970s as an open air shelter and enclosed and expanded in the 90s. It has now been renovated into a full service Community Center! The building is approximately 18,000 square feet with a game room, computer lab, a fitness room with state of the art equipment, exercise room for yoga and dance, craft room, mini gym with basketball facilities and two meeting rooms with kitchen access. Holiday Park currently provides the largest before and after school program in the City. The new facility will allow Family and Community Services to meet the expanding need to serve more children while being able to offer a wider range of services to all segments of the community. This facility was funded with 3.6 million dollars from general obligation bonds and District 8 set aside funds. All of the amenities in this facility are free so please come and visit this beautiful new facility.
Wyoming between Academy and Montgomery: The median landscaping improvements are complete. These improvements were funded by Councilor Winter and Councilor Jones’ set aside funds.
Juan Tabo south of Montgomery: Plans are underway for median improvements on Juan Tabo and the start date will be announced soon!
Eubank north of Academy: The median landscaping improvements on Eubank north to the County line are complete!! This project was funded by Councilor Jones’ set aside funds.
Academy Hills Park Improvements: Academy Hills Park officially re-opened on Friday September 12, 2014! The improvements include:
- a new 6-foot wide asphalt walking/jogging path around the perimeter of the park
- a shorter, natural surface path will parallel it at the upper end of the park.
- 2 additional picnic tables with benches & 11 additional benches.
- 5 of these benches are ‘Tribute Benches’ that have been sponsored by the public and the neighborhood.
- 27 new trash cans & 6 new ‘mutt mitt’ dispensers.
- New plantings that include 69 new trees and 213 shrubs.
Adjustments, upgrades, repairs and additions to the irrigation system were done to both help prevent water waste and allow us to irrigate properly when and where water is needed. We will be able to accurately track water use and eliminate the water runoff that plagued the old system. The slope across the concrete drainage will be heavily planted with drought resistant trees and the turf there will be over seeded with native grasses which require much less water than traditional park turf grass.
Canine Skyline Dog Park: The National non-profit park conservation organization, Trust for Public Lands, recently listed Albuquerque in the Top Ten Cities for dog parks; there are 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in Albuquerque. Canine Skyline Dog Park is District 8’s first dog park and Councilor Jones was proud to open it in December 2011. It is located at 12700 Montgomery Blvd NE at the intersection of Montgomery and Spanish Bit just one block east of Tramway. The park is approximately 2 acres.