ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Board of Bernalillo County Commissioners will be meeting on Tuesday night to approve over $500,000 to improve and expand the Paradise Hills Little League Park.
If it's approved, an area which has been used as a soccer field, could be turned into two new baseball diamonds.
The current three baseball fields and tee-ball area were constructed over a decade ago on the 16 and a half acre park. In that time, upkeep has been somewhat of a challenge and with little league teams expanding there isn't much room. The park serves kids living in Paradise Hills and surrounding Ventana Ranch neighborhoods.
According to the agenda notes for the Bernalillo County Commissioners Meeting for Tuesday night, money for the project is coming from several places with $450,000 in capital outlay money approved by the state last year, the city of Albuquerque will be putting in $225,476 and the Paradise Hills Little League teams are also contributing $52,000. The grand total for the project comes out to over $662,720.
"Probably any one entity could not do this project by itself," says Ed Chismar, Director of the Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department. "But coming together we're pulling our resources to make this happen."
If approved, construction is set to begin on June 17 right after the Spring season for little league wraps up and be complete by the middle of October.
Kids won't be the only ones coming out ahead on this deal, parents are expected to get some more parking out of it as well.
As for the kids who lost their soccer field, they have been moved to the Ventana Ranch Regional Park.
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