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City Celebrates the Grand Opening of Singing Arrow Community Center

New southeast community center provides more opportunities for youth and the community to come together.

February 8, 2022

Press release from Mayor Tim Keller's Office.

Today, the City celebrated the completion and grand opening of the new Singing Arrow Community Center in southeast Albuquerque. The 15,000 square foot facility is open and offers programming for the whole community, including before and after school programming.

Singing Arrow Community Center Grand Opening

“What a winner of a project for the community, our city as a whole, and Councilor Don Harris,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “After a lot of hard work and community investment, today we’re graduating this neighborhood’s community center from just three portables to a brand new first-class facility. We’re excited to have this new space open as a hub for social gatherings, youth enrichment, resource connections, and a point of pride as this community continues to grow.”

The new center has all the latest amenities needed to make this location a focal point of the community. The facility includes a fitness room, game room, multi-purpose rooms, computer lab, warming kitchen, and meeting space. It will give our youth, adult, and senior populations in the southeast an opportunity to be healthy and engaged.

“This community center is now a hub near east Central that creates a sense of place for the southeast community,” said former District 9 City Councilor Don Harris.

“This improved and expanded facility is a lovely addition to our neighborhood,” said District 9 City Councilor Renée Grout. “I can’t wait to see families using it and enjoying it.”

The City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services Department will run the new and previous facility to accommodate before and after school programs, fitness and art activities, and event programs in partnership with the local community. FCS did substantial outreach with the community before and during construction to ensure collaborative programming for residents.

“We’re really excited to have a more comprehensive community center in this beautiful location to really address the needs of the community, with programs now for adults and youth,” said Director of Family and Community Services, Carol Pierce. “This area has such a rich cultural background, and this center really is meant to play to the strengths and natural wonder of this part of Albuquerque.”

The project cost approximately $5.6 million and was completed on budget and on time. Improvements also included work to pay tribute to the Ranche De Carnue archaeological site just south of the community center that include self-guided educational tours.