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Rejuvenated: Live music, movie help celebrate renovation of Paradise Hills Park

A covered playground area is one of several improvements at Paradise Hills Park. (Courtesy of Larry Gallegos)

Celebrate and see the new improvements at Paradise Hills Park during “An Evening in Paradise.”

The event on Saturday, June 8, will feature a ribbon-cutting for the park’s improvements, a dedication of the Paradise Hills Basalt Hill Open Space and a ceremony honoring outstanding citizens and groups, as well as children’s activities. The event will end with a showing of the movie “A Wrinkle in Time” around dusk.

The new open space is a long stretch that connects the Paradise Hills senior center, community center and the park. The Paradise Hills Community Association voiced interest in turning the area into an official open space property, which came to fruition with the help of the Neighborhood Grant Program, according to Larry Gallegos, communications services specialist for Bernalillo County.

The Paradise Hills community expressed the need for more parking at the park. Before renovations, parking was available along the park’s curb. The parking has been redone and now includes diagonal parking spaces that accommodate more cars. The renovations to the park include new seating areas, shade structures and picnic areas, as well as a concrete slab where bands can set up.

“It’s really nice to see it get a little bit of a face-lift,” Gallegos said of the park. “The Parks and Recreation Department is really trying to upgrade things that need a little more work on them. … We’re trying to make it better for everybody. It’s always our goal.”

The event also will commemorate outstanding citizens and groups at 5:30 p.m. Honorees include the Volcano Vista High School baseball team, which recently won a state championship, according to Gallegos. Disrict 4 Commissioner Lonnie Talbert will be on hand to welcome the honorees and talk about the park’s improvements.

Mirage: A Santana Experience will perform at 4 p.m., followed by Monica and the Krew at 5:46 p.m. Local youth dance groups and cheer groups also will entertain.

The film screening that concludes the event is part of “Movies in the Park,” presented by Bernalillo County. The “Movies in the Park” series began on June 1 and continues through Aug. 10 at city and county parks. The events are free. For more information, call the “Movies in the Park” hotline at 314-0477 or visit bernco.gov/community-services/movies-in-the-park.aspx.

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