City leaders cut ribbon at Westgate Community Center – City of Albuquerque

January 11, 2022

Today, Mayor Tim Keller, City Councilor Klarissa Peña, joined City Councilor Louie Sanchez, State Senator Linda Lopez, Bernalillo County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada and the Department of Family Services and communities, to officially cut the ribbon and open the new Westgate community. Center at 10001 De Vargas Road SW near corner 98e and De Vargas SW.

“This is only the first phase of a vital project that is bringing the necessary resources to people of all ages in this neighborhood,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Everyone in our city should have access to spaces and tools that help them be healthy, successful and supported. We look forward to the immediate impact this center will have and the continuation of phase two work. “

Westgate Community Center is a new 15,750 square foot community center that features 2 activity rooms, a fitness room, game room, computer lab, community lobby, and reception and entertainment area. administration. The 13-acre site also received new parking, landscaping, a playground, a shaded plaza, and stormwater retention ponds.

“Today is exciting for the South West community as their new community center is now open and serving them,” Councilor Peña said. “We will continue to work on the next phases of this project, which will bring park space, a gym and head start services to this facility, but today is a great celebration of the community’s work to build this center. “

You can see a virtual tour of the Westgate Community Center here:

Future phases will include multi-use playgrounds, additional meeting rooms, 2 head start classrooms, a gymnasium with a regulation-sized hardwood basketball court and bleachers. Once all phases are complete, the Westgate Community Center will be approximately 34,000 square feet.

The look and feel of the new community center came directly from the community and was fully supported after several community meetings. The building’s exterior design evokes the mesa above the Rio Grande Valley in the multi-colored horizontal metal panels and the incorporation of basalt accents alluding to nearby volcanoes. A large entrance canopy shades and protects the entrance to the building while serving as an important visual icon.

Today’s dedication ceremony was streamed live on Facebook and can be viewed on:

The project cost $ 9.7 million and was funded by GO Bond Funding and State Capital Outlay. Planning for this project began in 2009. Lee Gamelsky Architects PC designed the project and Bradbury-Stamm was the construction company.

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