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El Paso Hills residents complain of poor park conditions

By: Stacey Welsh

EL PASO COUNTY, Texas -- Residents of the El Paso Hills neighborhood outside Horizon City said they have not been able to use their public park for years because it is in disrepair.

"We used to play at the park, and it was alright. Now it's all damaged with graffiti and water damage. People are actually using it as a dumpster," East El Paso County resident Arturo Trevizo said.

The park is covered in tall grass and weeds, including the basketball court and playground equipment.

"The basketball courts were usable with the nets and everything. It was pretty clean. It was painted and everything," Trevizo said.

However, neither Trevizo nor other residents KFOX14 spoke with said they have reported the problem to the county.

East El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez said concerned residents can contact his office at 915-546-2144, so he can make sure the correct agency within the county addresses the issue.

The city of El Paso also has a program in place to bring development to the county. El Paso County commissioners approved forming the Rural and Small Town Economic Development Team as a city and county joint effort.

The two economic development specialists making up the team said the program is designed to draw attention to areas of the county needing improvement and even create new businesses and jobs.

"We also assist communities and groups with grant writing to get grant money for infrastructure development and other types of activities," Rural and Small Town Senior Economic Development Specialist Christian Nill said.

Nill's partner Rafa Arellano said this is the first economic development program for El Paso County.

"We're having public meetings where we are also putting out surveys to figure out what they need in terms of the consumer side and also trying to figure out what businesses people are interested in starting," Arellano said.

Despite the plan for development, Arellano and Nill said there are no plans to annex parts of the county to expand El Paso city limits.



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