Taxpayers approved $1.5 million for open space improvements, which will go toward a new irrigation system and walking trails at the university’s North Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. Work began February 10 and will continue through April, with crews reporting that the golf course will be open in time for golf season.
The University of New Mexico’s North Golf Course in Albuquerque has shut down for improvements, the Albuquerque (N.M.)-based KOAT-TV reported.
The golf course, which many residents consider Bernalillo County’s central park, needs a new irrigation system and walking trails, KOAT-TV reported.
“The irrigation system is 70 years old,” said Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart-Stebbins. “Replacing it will save 20 million gallons of water a year.”
Hart-Stebbins has been involved in the North golf course project for a long time, and confirmed that the area has been the center of controversy for years, KOAT-TV reported.
The debate of what to do with the open space area, listed as 75 acres, began in 2007. At that time, UNM officials wanted to develop it with buildings and a retirement community. Nearby homeowners and park users, though, said they wanted it to stay a park. That’s when the county stepped in, offering to help pay for future improvements, KOAT-TV reported.
Taxpayers approved $1.5 million for open space improvements, which will now go toward the golf course, KOAT-TV reported.
The new walking trails will be smoother and more accessible for people, Hart-Stebbins said, especially those with disabilities or people who have kids and strollers, KOAT-TV reported.
The work began February 10 and will continue through April. Crews said the golf course will be open in time for golf season, KOAT-TV reported.