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08/11/2016 4:53 PM | Nancy Carpenter

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For Immediate Release

July 28, 2016

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Contact: Catherine Lopez

cathylopez@bernco.gov

O. 505.224.1641

C. 505.259.0312

 

Carlito Springs Rehabilitation Project

Community Meeting Scheduled

-- Main house, site improvements and accessibility issues will be discussed --

 

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County is hosting a community meeting to present preliminary plans for the phase II rehabilitation of the Carlito Springs Open Space property. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Deputy James McGrane, Jr. Public Safety Complex, 48 Public School Road in Tijeras, N.M.

The Carlito Springs Phase II Rehabilitation Project proposes to restore the main house, develop on-site improvements such as utilities, parking, drainage, landscaping, signage and trails, and address site accessibility issues. This project also entails making programming decisions on the four existing cabins for future improvements. 

“Carlito Springs is an oasis in the desert,” says Commission Vice Chair Wayne Johnson. “Phase II of the rehabilitation project will take major steps toward restoring this beautiful property to its past glory and toward the realization of its long-awaited potential.”

The main house will support events, activities, and programming led by the Parks and Recreation Department Open Space program. Improvements to other portions of the site will help support environmental education and resource-based recreation, while also highlighting Carlito Springs’ historic qualities. 

The first phase of the Carlito Springs Rehabilitation Project was completed in 2014 and included a new trailhead and a sustainable natural surface trail system allowing for visitor parking and access.

The property is open from dawn to dusk to hikers.

Carlito Springs is a 179-acre property located on the north side of Interstate 40 and next to the Village of Tijeras. It is bordered by private lands to the east, west and south and the Sandia Wilderness to the north.

Bernalillo County purchased the initial 177 acres in 2000 and later acquired an adjoining two-acre tract in 2008 that included the natural water springs from which the name Carlito Springs was derived. The property is eligible for both the national and state register of historic properties. 

For more information about the property, please visit www.bernco.gov/OpenSpace.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.      


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