New community center coming to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Westside Albuquerque is getting a new community center.

On Wednesday, the city officials gathered at Pat Hurley Park to break ground on the Joan Jones Community Center.

Jones was a neighborhood advocate who fought for a permanent place for summer and after school programs.

“She’s probably looking down from Heaven today, and she’s really excited that this community center is going to be built, and it will be in her honor,” said Ken Sanchez, Albuquerque City Council.

Officials say they’re hoping the center will help neighborhood kids stay out of trouble.

Just last year, a 14-year-old was shot and killed in a shooting at Pat Hurley Park. 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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