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Input on 10-year Paradise Hills plan

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More parking spots, a larger senior center and an indoor pool were among the wishes local residents conveyed to county staffers during two days of brainstorming to craft a 10-year master plan for the Paradise Hills Community Center.

Comments gathered at the public comment meetings last week will help Bernalillo County staffers and elected officials develop a strategy for phasing in improvements and seeking funds to pay for the projects, said county Parks and Recreation Department planning manager John Barney.

In this model, the existing community center is in white on the right and the annex on the left. The turquoise-roofed buildings are the proposed fitness center and indoor pool; the pink- and red-roofed buildings are proposed additions to the annex. (Courtesy of Sam Sterling Architects)

In this model, the existing community center is in white on the right and the annex on the left. The turquoise-roofed buildings are the proposed fitness center and indoor pool; the pink- and red-roofed buildings are proposed additions to the annex. (Courtesy of Sam Sterling Architects)

“We want this to be a collaborative effort between all involved,” said Commissioner Lonnie Talbert, whose district includes the Paradise Hills area.

Talbert said the neighborhoods around the community center at 5901 Paradise NW have seen some of the most “explosive growth” of any area on the West Side.

“That’s why we are doing the plan now to get ahead of this as best we can,” Talbert said.

The center is surrounded by a parcel of unincorporated Bernalillo County immediately to the north and West Side Albuquerque to the south and west. And a recent road project that extended Unser from Rainbow to Paradise Boulevard linked the West Side with Rio Rancho.

Barney said he received dozens of comments by email and letter, and several dozen people dropped in during the Thursday and Friday planning meetings at the community center.

Barney said one goal is to create safer pedestrian access from the community center and the adjacent annex building that primarily serves seniors to the nearby Paradise Hills Park.

Residents also said they want more meeting rooms, fitness facilities and an indoor pool where teams could train. The community center currently has an open-air pool.

Barney said they will hold another public meeting in December, though no date is set, and may start work on small landscaping projects early next year.

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