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Parks and Recreation Installs New Lighting at Roadrunner Little League Field

With youth sports returning this summer, new lighting welcomes athletes back

June 15, 2021

Today, the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department announced improvements to the Roadrunner Little League field, located near Montgomery and Juan Tabo. After being closed for a full year due to COVID-19 concerns, the field now features upgraded lighting that will conserve energy and illuminate more of the park, improving safety and playability.

“After a long year, young athletes in the Duke City are finally back with their teams this summer. With this investment in new, high-efficiency lighting at Roadrunner Field, we’re making sure their fields and facilities are safe and ready for a great season,” said Mayor Keller. 

“Our kids deserve great recreation facilities,” said Dave Simon, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “This project is lighting the way toward a better future as we return to youth sports.”

New, high-efficiency LED fixtures were installed on existing light poles around the Junior/Senior Field. This nearly $253,000 investment, made possible by State Capital Outlay funding from 2016, 2018, and 2019, will light up portions of the field that were previously left in the dark, increase security, conserve electricity, and result in a lower energy bill for the team. Former State Senator Bill Payne, former State Representative Jimmie Hall and current State Representative Bill Rehm all made contributions to this project.

“Our kids have been enjoying being back on the field this summer,” said John Dellalonga, Board President of the Road Runner Little League. “Not only will these new lights increase visibility during our games, but we’ll also save on our energy bill so more of our funds can be focused on our athletes.”