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Providing quality Parks and Recreation Facilities for the community. The Parks section of the Parks Department is responsible for the maintenance of all parks, sports fields, recreation trails belonging to the City of Roswell except for Jaycee Loveless Parks and Spring River Parks & Zoo. The Parks section also maintains the grounds at City Hall, Water Plant, old and new Police Stations, Yucca Recreation Center, Roswell Adult Center, Sanitation Department Office, 4th and Richardson Street parking lot, Cahoon Flower Gardens, Outdoor Environmental Classrooms, plus two (2) tree farms, new trees along Main Street, Alameda Medians, Delaware & Linda Vista Circles and maintenance of Cahoon Swimming Pool Facilities. We also provide manpower and equipment support for the following events: Earth Day, Party on the Pecos, Gus Macker Tournament, Soccer & Softball Tournaments, Recreation Department Special Events, Arbor Day and School Picnics in parks areas.
A new Unitized Handicap Accessible Play Unit was installed at Cahoon Park. New irrigation system installed at Del Norte Park. A total of 105 trees were transplanted in the parks system. Electronic scoreboard installed Church League Softball Field. New soccer fields construction under way. Restrooms and concession at both men's and women's softball fields remodeled for handicap access. Sidewalks and paving installed around Coke Field concession and bleacher areas for handicap access. Cahoon Pool concession dressing room floors coated with nonskid surface. Renovation of ballfield lights at Stiles Dixie League Major field.
The Spring River Park & Zoo is one of only six zoos in New Mexico and the only one offering free admission to the public. Over 100,000 visitors annually enjoy this unique City park with over 100 animals of 40 species. In addition to the animal exhibits, the park consists of 35 acres of turf and trees, paved walk ways throughout, picnic areas, a youth fishing lake, a state of the art handicapped accessible play unit, miniature train and an antique carousel. The Zoo Crew, consisting of the superintendent, a part time clerical aide and 5 full time maintainers take care of the animals, grounds and facilities of Spring River as well as 12 more acres across Atkinson Street in Loveless Park.
Zoos offer universal appeal to people of all ages, social and economic backgrounds. They serve to entertain and educate, often presenting the only link to Nature for our urban population. Zoos and parks are critical factors in the recruitment of business and industry and impact heavily on the tourist dollar.
At the heart of the park, a 1947 ranch house is currently being renovated as the zoo Administration & Education Building with the new entrance opening to the public area for better access and communication. Other recently completed exhibits include the very modern, naturalistic Mountain Lion/Bears Exhibit (built with State grants and private donation) and the Longhorn Ranch depicting the ranching heritage of the area. Last year saw the completion of such mundane, but necessary, projects as back flow prevention valves to prevent contamination of our City water supply and updating the electrical wiring in the Zoo Offices.
The purpose of the Spring River Golf Course is to provide the citizens of Roswell the best possible conditions to play golf at an affordable rate. The employees of this facility strive to produce a product the citizens of Roswell can be proud of.
This was the first year on the 14 new greens complexes and hopefully due to the generosity of the golfers' fund raiser we can complete the practice putting area. We also received the funds to replace one (1) of the four utility vehicles.
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