New parks to open this summer in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Just in time for summer, the city of Albuquerque is about to open new parks.

Neighbors said they’ve been waiting years for the new playgrounds.

From land on Albuquerque’s west side, to a nearly finished plot in the Four Hills area, city crews are hard at work. “I hope it’s gonna be great,” said Alexander Urban.

“It’s a longtime coming and needed,” Kevin Urban told KRQE News 13.

Workers are adding final touches to brand new parks around the metro.

“I think it’s going to be awesome, it’s going to be good for the neighborhood, because like I said there’s nothing up here,” said Gabrielle Beard.

Neighbors in Four Hills are watching the $1.2 million addition come to life. “We never had a park nearby,” said Kevin Urban, who’s lived in the area for 10 years.

“It’s nice to have anything in Albuquerque that’s within walking distance, because you usually have to drive everywhere you go,” Urban explained.

There’s also Sierra Sunset Park, a $1.3 million project between Gibson and 98th. Playground equipment looks ready to go, as workers prep the grounds.

“It’s good to have places for people to be and enjoy themselves,” said Keith Larkin.

On the northwest side, there’s brand new tennis courts at the Ventana Ranch Community Center. And across the way, there’s a new dog park coming soon.

City officials hope to have the projects done within the next couple of months. It’s something residents nearby said they’ve been waiting years for.

“Not a lot of kids have stuff to do in the summer that’s close by them,” said Alexander Urban.

In southeast Albuquerque, kids can soon cool off at a splash park behind the Cesar Chavez Community Center.

Neighbors said the best part about the new places is convenience. Albuquerque Parks and Recreation officials said it won’t be long before the public can enjoy the new playgrounds.

In all, the new projects cost nearly $6.3 million, mostly from voter-approved G-O bonds. According to city officials, State Senator Tim Keller contributed $510,000 to the Cesar Chavez Spray Pad.

A spokesperson for the Parks and Recreation Department said the new places should open within the next couple months.

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