Albuquerque Park Public sale Aggravated Parishioners
“Other kids come to this park and play basketball, kids play on the swings, I live across the street so I hear them laughing and having fun. We don’t want this park to be taken away just because of a legal situation with the archdiocese, we have to keep it here for our neighborhood, ”said Rosalie Martinez, neighbor.
Martinez said she had lived by the park all her life and when she heard that the land was being auctioned it made her angry.
“This is our park, this is our children’s park, why do they want to do this to take it away from us? What are they going to build here? I was very upset! ”She said.
Other neighbors are just as upset.
“It’s been a part of this church for a long time and has taken various forms over the years.
Most recently in 2016 when the city spent half a million dollars to make the park what it is today.
“We have completely renovated this park and for the first time I realized that it was not a property of the city,” said Issac Benton, a member of the city council.
According to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, Albuquerque has leased this park from the Archdiocese since 1967, and they have 10 years left on their current lease – but after the Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy, the court ordered properties to be auctioned.
Now the city will only be one bidder
“I will encourage you to bid aggressively and see where it goes and we should try to preserve the park as much as we can,” said Benton.
Because neighbors don’t want their park to go anywhere
“We love this park and don’t want to take it away from us,” said Martinez.
SVN Auctions, the court-appointed advisor to the archdiocese’s estate, said the park’s promotion opens on Monday, September 20.