Significant Improvements at Piedras Marcadas Neighborhood Park Spearheaded by District 5 City Councilor Cynthia D. Borrego

District 5 Piedras Marcadas Neighborhood Park improvements.

August 28, 2020

Today, City Councilor Cynthia D. Borrego and the Parks and Recreation Director David Simon unveiled awaited improvements to Piedras Marcadas Park. Improvements include substantial updates to the parking lot for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, ensuring everyone in the neighborhood can access this amenity.

“Parks should be easy to get to and easy to access, for everyone,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “Today, Piedras Marcadas Park is getting better for families in the northwest.”

At the beginning of her term in 2018, City Councilor Cynthia Borrego was contacted by Rancho Sereno Neighborhood Association President Debra Cox to view Piedras Marcadas Park. The Councilor was pleased to meet with the local representative, then shocked by the park’s condition.  After some research with the City Parks and Recreation Department, it was determined that planned improvements for the park were to occur in two phases. The first phase to install playground equipment was smoothly completed. The second phase to construct a level, ADA accessible parking lot was permanently tabled due to rough topography and drainage issues at the parking level.  Councilor Borrego couldn’t accept the flat lined improvements and the Association President held to the original vision for this District 5 hidden park treasure. 

Piedras Marcadas Park

“I am always excited to work to improve our local District 5 Parks, especially during the Pandemic, since parks allow our residents an opportunity to enjoy their families in beautiful environmental settings, and give our kids a chance to play, and breathe fresh New Mexico air.” enthused Councilor Borrego.

Councilor Borrego pushed the neighborhood vision through to fund a viable new design for the ADA accessible parking lot. This design allows visitors to park on a lower level and take a long ramp to the playground for a view of the arroyo and surrounding mesas. Funded by District 5 set-aside, the park design cost $5,568. 

Neighborhood members voiced their support for funding Piedras Marcadas Park’s construction to their State Senator and Representative. Much to stakeholders delight, Senator Sander Rue, District 23 and Representative Daymon Ely, District 23 contributed 2019 Capital Outlay to the project.

“These needed improvements at Piedras Marcadas Park are another example of elected officials working together to recognize a need and to secure funding to improve the quality of life for our constituents.” explained Senator Sander Rue.

State funding in the amount of $86,000 made possible the substantial earth moving and construction necessary to create Piedras Marcadas Park’s  ADA accessible parking lot. The Park is complete today. It is another attractive Albuquerque District 5 amenity enjoyable by all community residents including those with special needs.