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Civic plaza to receive makeover

Joy Wang
March 18, 2017 10:42 PM

Big changes are coming to Downtown Albuquerque, the city plans to give civic plaza a 5-million dollar makeover.

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As of now, plans include adding shades, a playground, and replacing the fountain.

 “We worked too hard to try and salvage it over the years and it keeps breaking, keeps leaking, damaging the structure below,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “So we've kind of gotten to the point where it's caused more damage than we can sustain anymore.”

Instead, the city is looking at building a family-friendly splash pad.

“Put a dance light feature in, this could allow water to be controlled sometimes,” explained Mayor Berry. “Maybe your smart phones and it'll be lit up at night.”

Nearby is also a new playground to make downtown more family-friendly.

“We're just going off what we've heard from citizens,” said Mayor Berry. “They'd say gosh it'd be nice to have a little place to bring the little ones with us.”

Then there's the stage, a popular area for events and often times protests too.

“We also have a place where people can have their voices heard,” said Mayor Berry. “This is a place also for public discourse and we want to make sure it stays viable for that as well.”

The makeover could also include a large screen TV.

“Just giving people a platform to sort of speak their mind and peacefully protest I think would really enhance downtown,” said Keane Frady, a UNM student who walked through the plaza. “That sounds great.”

What's still in the works is also an iconic art piece, something the mayor says the arts board is working on

“Other cities around the country have done that, and I'm looking forward to being able to share what they're coming up with that,” said Mayor Berry.

“I'm excited for the possibility of a more healthy and thriving downtown and looking forward to the future like that,” expressed Frady.

Right now all of these projects are only in the design and planning phases, but the city plans to begin ground breaking this summer.

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