Public input sought on delicate city park

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – You can’t tell by looking at it, but beneath a piece of city land lies an archaeological site. The space is supposed to be turned into a community park, but developers will have to be extra careful about how they go about doing that.

Thursday night, Parks and Recreation wants to hear your take on their design ideas. Officials with the department told KRQE News 13 they’re excited to share some unique ideas. They say they’ve put a lot of thought into them and say they believe they can make this area a worthwhile place to spend time, despite restrictions.

Right now, Anderson Heights Park just looks like a mound of dirt in the center of this neighborhood at Cenote and Antler Tool.

The city says the developer of the land found artifacts there, like pottery shards. They notified the state who sent an archaeologist out to explore. Officials say the expert took samples and told the city the land needed to be preserved.

The city agreed, but says they can still turn the space into a park, they’ll just have to do it very carefully.

In order to preserve the history beneath this mound of dirt, the city says they’ll have to go light on the grating, but they say they’ll have some flexibility on the surface. They’ve described their vision as an oasis- with lush grass and trees. Plus, a playground with shape structures, maybe some umbrellas.

Parks and Rec officials say this will be a different type of development but in a good way. Officials tell KRQE News 13 the hidden treasures at the site could actually work in their favor, by allowing for educational opportunities.

The meeting is Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Atrisco Heritage High.

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