City of Albuquerque changes fireworks display site after community opposition

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the locations for the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County fireworks displays has been changed due to public feedback. The city received feedback and concerns about the proximity of one of the locations of firework displays next to the city’s Eastside Animal Shelter. Monday, The Parks and Recreation Department announced the change in location from Los Altos Golf Course to the Manzano Mesa Park.

“We want to commemorate the Fourth of July in a meaningful way while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We have heard the concerns about having fireworks at the Los Altos Golf Course and its proximity to the Eastside Animal Shelter. We are listening to the feedback and moving the display to another area in the Southeast quadrant,” said Parks and Recreation Director Dave Simon in a press release. 

People had also reached out to KRQE News 13 sharing their concerns before the city made the decision to relocate the Los Altos display. “I feel like there’s a lot of parks and a lot of places they could be that weren’t two miles away from an animal shelter. And I have not really been able to do the research to figure out, but I feel like, there’s probably been less interaction with these animals, to begin with, due to the pandemic and I feel like it’s probably not a very good idea to have them so close to a shelter,” said Fiona Hernandez.

Many people were also sounding off online, posting to Facebook asking the community to contact the Mayor’s Office asking to move the Los Altos fireworks display. “Those poor dogs and other animals have been through enough without having what sounds like a war-field going off right next to them,” said Rachel Keith.

The city would not do an interview on camera about fireworks being close to the Eastside shelter but sent a statement. They said, “since the amount of complaints they have receieved the city is moving the location from Los Altos Golf Course to Manzano Mesa Park.”

The city says it will close all four sites for the fireworks display hours before launch at 9: 20 p.m. including to cars. The other three displays are Ladera Golf Course, North Domingo Baca Park, and Tom Tenorio Park.

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