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Chaparral Park - Place Matters

Dolores C. Wright Educational Center in Chaparral
Skate boarder in Chaparral Park

  June 5, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Doña Ana PLACE MATTERS Coordinator, Kari Bachman, to talk to us about the concerns of Chaparral, a Southern New Mexico community.

More than $1,000 worth of damages per week, caused by thefts, graffiti, and broken windows to public park facilities in Chaparral, has prompted Doña Ana County officials to consider closing Dolores Wright Community Park and Colquitt Community Center. Community members came together at a recent meeting in Chaparral to offer alternatives to the County’s proposed closures. Bachman says concerned citizens are willing to look within their communities for solutions to prevent thefts and vandalism from happening again, and keep the parks open.

Anyone interested in preserving Chaparral parks are invited to attend the next meeting with the Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners next Tuesday, June 9th at the County’s offices on Motel Boulevard, in Las Cruces. For more information, Bachman can be contacted at Doña Ana PLACE MATTERS (575) 521-4794; and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DACplacematters.