Community survey shows Los Lunas residents want pool, less traffic

New Mexico

The village of Los Lunas asked residents what improvements they’d like to see. The results are in, and people there want a pool so badly they’re willing to pay more in taxes for it.

“Our mayor and council last budget year decided they wanted to see what the community wanted to see in Los Lunas,” said Jason Duran, community services director.

Village officials held public meetings and distributed a quality of life survey. It asked 32 questions about cultural services, transportation, and parks and rec. A total of 965 responses came back over two months.

“Ultimately when you read it, it came back that the community wants to see a pool,” Duran said.

Not just a pool, but an indoor water recreation area. This comes after the only pool in town closed due to maintenance issues. More than 60 percent of the responses said they would be willing to support a tax increase to fund it.

“I absolutely would,” said Denny Deegan of Los Lunas. “Absolutely I’m all for it.”

“Yes,” said Antoinette Marquez of Los Lunas. “Because it gets so hot and the kids love to go swimming.”

The results are being used as a guide on where to put community funds.

“An aquatic center or any other improvements are not going to happen overnight,” Duran said. “This is just the first step in the process.”

However, village councilors have a different main project they want to try and fund first: another interchange. “One of the main items that’s always been number one on the councilors’ agenda right now is the I-25 corridor,” Duran said.

Ninety-two percent of survey takers said they avoid Main Street due to the congestion. “At the end of the day it’s terrible, early in the morning it’s terrible,” said Don Sterling of Los Lunas. “And if there’s construction, forget it. It’s horrible.”

Residents said if they had to choose, alleviating traffic would be the fix. “It would be awesome to have a pool,” said Marquez. “But I mean, traffic needs to be alleviated first.”

Duran said adding a new indoor aquatic center would cost the village $8-12 million.

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