Plans continue to advance in Las Cruces for the nearly $8 million construction of a long-anticipated recreation complex that, upon completion, will be run by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Approved by city voters in 2018, a general obligation bond to build the East Mesa Public Recreational Complex has been the subject of countless public input meetings between city officials and residents.
As earlier announced, the complex will be built on 364 acres of land at the intersection of Sonoma Ranch Boulevard and Camino Coyote Lane.
Although several design options were presented for public input, the one that received the most support calls for a combination of football, soccer, and multi-use sports fields, along with a 10-acre park and both trails and walkways.
The preferred option would also see the construction of concession areas, as well as a maintenance yard with a shed.
That option additionally specifies that, in laying out the parameters of the new complex, space will be set aside for the building of additional sports fields at a future date, once funds for such expansion are secured.
The project is now entering the schematic design phase, with bidding to actually build the complex expected to formally begin later this year.
Bu Garry Boulard
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