Assisting Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department staff with the tree-planting was Boy Scout Connor Haines and approximately 35 volunteers he recruited. Participating in the project is helping Haines achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Haines, 15, will be a sophomore at Rio Rancho High School.
“There were a lot more people who turned out than I expected,” he said.
Haines said participants showed up about 7 a.m. — 6 in his case — and finished just after noon. He hopes to attain his Eagle Scout rank by the end of the year.
Funding for the project came via a $4,900 Forest Re-Leaf Grant from the New Mexico State Forestry Division with a $980 city match requirement. The Re-Leaf Program was established in 1990 as a tree-planting grant program for public entities.
‘A Park Above’ will be a park for people of all ages and abilities at 2441 Westside Court, off Westside Boulevard. Phase 1 of the park is anticipated to open in the fall.