Pricey Repairs Needed at Albuquerque Park

THE COSTS HAVE PILED UP AT AN ALBUQUERQUE WEST SIDE PARK AFTER THIEVES STEAL COPPER WIRING. ALBUQUERQUE PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR DAVID SIMON SAYS THE COST TO FIX THE DAMAGE FROM TWO SUCH THEFTS AT VENTANA RANCH PARK IS NOW 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE SAYS THE CITY NOW PLANS TO INCREASE SECURITY AT THE PARK AROUND ITS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM.

VENTANA RANCH PARK HAD TO CLOSE FOR THREE WEEKS IN JULY BECAUSE THIEVES STEALING COPPER WIRING CAUSED A POWER OUTAGE AT THE PARK. THE AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS DOWN AFTER LOSING POWER TO THE IRRIGATION SYSTEM AND LIGHTS ON THE TENNIS COURT. CITY CREWS HAD TO USE GENERATORS TO WATER THE GRASS.

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