New acreage to be used for recreational facilities
The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that it has recently acquired 81 acres of land on Albuquerque’s west side from Western Albuquerque Land Holdings. This land – adjacent to the newly completed APS Football Stadium – is an ideal location for additional recreational facilities. The 2.8 million dollar purchase was made possible through the 2011 G.O. Bond Program and contributions from City Council President Ken Sanchez and City Councilor Dan Lewis. The Parks and Recreation Department received $150,000 from the 2013 G.O. Bond Program for site master planning.
Although the new Regional Sports Complex is not yet designed, this newly acquired land may include soccer and softball fields, a tennis facility, or other recreational facilities. Working with recreation groups, neighborhoods, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA), the Parks Department will assist in pinpointing the best use for the land. For the first four months of 2014, the Parks and Recreation Department served 279,743 youth sports participants at various facilities and fields across the city. That number is expected to reach half a million by the end of 2014, highlighting the need for additional fields and facilities to accommodate the demand.
“Considering that we live in a very active community with great weather for much of the year, folks in Albuquerque truly value sports and recreational opportunities,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “While we already have excellent venues for these activities, the demand still exists for additional sites. We’re excited about this land purchase and eager to get started with the next phase of the plan.”
“Today is a great day for Albuquerque. It is because of the tax payers and their vision for the Westside and the City of Albuquerque as a whole that this great family venue is coming to fruition”, said City Council President Ken Sanchez. “We have to thank our taxpayers for supporting the bonds in 2011 and 2013 for this jewel on Albuquerque’s Westside that will also be complimented by schools for our children.”
“This new park will not only provide badly needed recreational fields, but it will also bring new dollars into the City from throughout the region and will be an anchor amenity for the west side.” said Councilor Dan Lewis.
Due to the size of the project, development will occur in phases. Master planning for the new facilities with major stakeholders will begin sometime in Fall 2014.