Park renamed after former NM Rep.

Park renamed after former NM Rep.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque park now has a new name.

The former Carlos Rey Park near Carlos Rey Elementary in the southwest, is now known as Benny J Aragon Park, named after the former state representative.

The City Council president was at the park Sunday to honor the man.

The district’s senator says Aragon helped bring attention and much-needed funds to southwest Albuquerque.

“One of the things I’ve learned from Mr. Aragon is the Westside is just as important as any other community here in Albuquerque, and he made it so,” said Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque.

Supporters say Aragon managed to help bring money to the area to help provide community centers and parks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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