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East side residents react to plans for new park, recreation center
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- Many El Paso residents have mixed feelings about plans for a new park and recreation center.
East El Paso resident Patrick Hartnett said he's worried about the location of the city's proposed recreation center and library combination building on Alameda Drive in the Lower Valley.
"Alameda is such a busy street, and I don't think you would want kids around a busy street," Hartnett said.
General Services Director Stuart Ed said the city is aware of possible dangers with the recreation center's location.
"The city, as with any project, will be reviewing safety. Safety will be paramount. So part of the design of the project will include a traffic analysis," Ed said.
As KFOX14 previously reported, the city will fund that project and a park on the corner of James Watt Drive and Pendale Road with Quality of Life Bonds. The city council approved construction for both projects Tuesday.
High school student Dallas Kyle lives in a neighborhood across the street from the new park site. He isn't excited about the possibility because he currently uses the land to train for football season.
"We like running the sand dunes. Athletic-wise we don't really want the park there," Kyle said.
Despite this, he thinks it could benefit the community.
"It probably would be a good idea for people to get out and start exercising there. That would probably be a positive outlook on it," Kyle said.
Overall, residents KFOX14 spoke with think the proposed park and recreation center will be popular with area kids.
Ed said the city does not anticipate hiring more workers to maintain the new facilities. The city also expects low maintenance costs within the first few years they are up and running.