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A Park Above construction on schedule for opening in the fall

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Rio Rancho’s all-inclusive park is on track to open this fall, according to the city spokesman.

Work is underway on the first phase of A Park Above, designed to allow people of all ages, with and without disabilities, to play together.

City spokesman Peter Wells said workers have finished dirt work and installed sewer, water and electrical lines, as well as storm drains, concrete pathways and retaining walls. The city has also ordered play equipment, surfacing and shade structures.

In the first phase, the park is planned to include:

  • handicap-accessible play equipment,
  • a walking path,
  • perimeter fencing,
  • special surfacing,
  • a hill with an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp,
  • a sports court,
  • a shade structure and
  • bathrooms.

“I want to thank the many businesses and organizations that have stepped forward to donate their time and funding to help with construction to date,” said City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Jay Hart. “Without their help, this project would not be possible.”

A Park Above celebration is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Haynes Park. Planners expect the event to include arts and crafts, live music, face painting, bounce houses and food, according to the event Facebook page.

Admission is free, but people can make donations for park equipment.

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