'It's about time': Residents won't miss park after closure
June 22, 2018 10:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Kimo Park, the sliver of land off I-40 and San Mateo, has seen better days. Soon the park will be just a memory, but neighbors said it’s not one they’ll hold on to.
“I’ve seen people urinating on the ground. We don’t need to have that,” nearby resident Don Jansson said.
Needles, trash and pieces of clothing litter the ground—left behind by the people who used to live in the park. The city fenced off the property Wednesday, more than two weeks after city councilors voted to deem the land surplus property.
“Kimo Park has its share of problems, particularly with (the) transient population there,” said Dave Simon, director of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation. “It was having some negative impacts on the park and I think causing some issues for the community and APD."
A couple things can happen now that the land is surplus property. For one, another city department can take it over. If that doesn’t happen, the city will put it up for sale.
The land has been valued at $90,000.
“I would say that this is an unusual circumstance," Simon said. "We’re not in the habit of disposing park lands often, but in this case it’s merited, and it’s actually the best move for the taxpayer."
The coming change is something neighbors said can’t come soon enough.
“It's about time," Jansson said. "I think it is, you know, it needs to go away."
Updated: June 22, 2018 10:20 PM
Created: June 22, 2018 09:22 PM
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