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Phil Chacon Park to Make its Mark

Construction begins on park renovation and expansion in the International District.
January 15, 2024

Today Mayor Tim Keller and the Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) announced that the next phase of construction is beginning at Phil Chacon Park. This major project will completely renovate and increase the size of the park. The project will bring new turf/playing fields, playgrounds, basketball and futsal courts, community garden, BMX bike area, dog park, disc golf course, girls fast-pitch softball fields, and add elements that reflect the International District’s multi-cultural heritage.

“This park will serve as tremendous resource for the International District, bringing this diverse community together and reinforcing existing assets like the community center and middle school,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Our strong investments into Albuquerque parks and facilities continue to improve quality of life for residents across our city.”

Funding for this project is coming from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (APRA), the federal Community Development Block Grant program, Council set-aside funds, City General Obligation Bonds, Impact Fees, State Capital Outlay Funds, and City General Fund.

“Green spaces and parks offer more than the opportunity for exercise and entertainment. Improved green spaces reduce crime and increase community-unity,” said State Rep. Janelle Anyanonu. “The work being done by the City will have long-running positive effects on our local community and overall city.”

The community helped PRD develop plans for this park, part of a multi-year input process. This project is expected to be complete by late spring 2025 and represents a $9.7 million investment in Phil Chacon Park. The design consultant is Pland Collaborative and the contractor for this project is Accent Landscape.

“Phil Chacon Park is really going to be a shining new gem in the International District,” said PRD Director Dave Simon. “When finished, this will be a vibrant space that honors the area’s rich culture.”