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City Offers New Opportunities to Weigh In on Future of Walker Property

Community vision will serve as foundation for future development

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department has created new opportunities for people to offer input on the future of the Walker Property in the Wells Park neighborhood. The site, located between 5th Street and 6th Street NW and Summer Ave and Rosemont Ave NW, has been referred to as “the Walker Property” for many years as it was previously owned by the Walker family. The 2.2-acre site is just north of the Wells Park Community Center and was recently purchased by the City of Albuquerque to spur revitalization in the area.

“There is so much potential for this property in the middle of one of Albuquerque’s historic neighborhoods,” stated Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Participating in these activities and providing us with feedback will help us capture the vision of the people who live and work here.”

The first two of several opportunities have been scheduled to allow the public to engage with planners and offer feedback on what they’d like to see in future development plans. On Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, City staff will be at the Walker Property site (507 Rosemont Ave NW) with a giant chalkboard seeking feedback from neighbors. The public is invited to come enjoy refreshments and share your vision on a giant chalkboard built by ACE High School students. All participants must wear masks and practice social distancing.

A virtual public meeting will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The public meeting is open to anyone would like to participate and will include a discussion on the potential uses of the Walker Property site. Participants will be invited to share their vision for future development plans. Details on how to participate will be posted on the project website closer to the date.

Additionally, members of the public can still visit The Wells Park Redevelopment site to complete a two-question survey regarding priorities and uses for the property, sign up for updates, and email the project team.

The planning and public engagement process is being conducted in partnership with MRWM Landscape Architects and Groundwork Studio.