County Council Takes Action On Recreation Projects

A crowd packs Los Alamos County Council Chambers Tuesday evening, many weighing in on the discussion of a recreation project list up for consideration by Los Alamos County voters in a May 2017 bond election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary, and
County Councilor James Chrobocinski

We’re pleased to share that the County Council voted Tuesday to finalize a list of recreation projects for consideration by Los Alamos County voters in a May 2017 bond election. If approved by voters, the bond election will raise $20 million that, combined with county capital improvement funds, will be used to fund both new recreation facilities and a major infrastructure upgrade to an existing facility.

Creating this final list was an important milestone for the County and our community. It culminates a 16 month process that involved a series of citizen input sessions and the development of project cost assessments. With this vote, the County Council has endorsed a variety of projects that can significantly expand the breadth and quality of County recreation amenities.

From the beginning, citizen feedback made it very clear to us that investing in improved recreation facilities is the right next priority for county capital improvement funds. Packaging projects together in a bond election gives voters the opportunity to decide whether they want to fund this kind of investment; if approved, bond funding allows projects to be completed within the next few years.

The approved projects are:

  • Recreation Center that contains two multi-activity gymnasiums with an indoor walking track and a multi-use arena that will house a six month indoor ice rink and six month arena space;
  • Multi-generational recreation swimming pool added to the existing Aquatic Center;
  • Golf Course infrastructure improvements to replace the irrigation system and upgrade turf;
  • Splash Pad for toddlers and young children at Pinon Park in White Rock; and
  • Ballfield Improvements at Overlook Park.

We thank the many people that have participated in this process and encourage folks to stay involved as we move forward. There has been strong participation from members of recreation leagues, The Family YMCA, community organizations, and people who just wanted to share their ideas. We also thank County staff and the County Council for staying focused on citizen priorities and doing a thorough job of vetting projects.

Moving forward, the County and citizen groups will work together to share with you the details of the bond election and specific projects. If you have any questions about this process or the projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at our county emails (james.chrobocinski@lacnm.us; susan.oleary@lacnm.us).

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