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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

September 3, 2014


The September 2014 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Miriam Ortiz y Pino, David McCain, Rowan Wymark, Margaret Connealy, Reba Eagles, Sue Brych, Fernando Pizarro, Dick Deichsel, Bob Yuhas, Jeni Pope, Robert Bello, Sandy Gregory and Ric Higginbotham. Two board members were absent. Eleven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Board chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The August 6 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of August, there was $30.00 in income and $1791.30 in expenses (including $1000 to support CiQlovia and $719.22 for the National Night Out). The August 31 balance was $30,092.82. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.


            There was no Police Report.



            Representatives from the City and MRWM Landscape Architects presented proposed options for the renovation of Mary Fox Park (14th and Roma). Judith Wong, with City Parks and Recreation, introduced the discussion. There is presently $180,000 available for the renovation ($90,000 from a state grant sponsored by Rep. Rick Miera and $90,000 in City Council Set Aside funds from Councilor Ike Benton). City staff believes the design and history of the park make it unsuited for xeriscape. The work may be started as soon as Spring 2015 and completed in less than six months. The plan intends to repair the pergola without damaging the wisteria.

Greg Miller of MRWM described two tentative proposals and distributed plans. Proposal A focuses more on children’s activities while Proposal B focuses on “passive recreation”. Both proposals include irrigation and drainage improvements, and renewal of turf areas. Several people recommended play sites for a wider age range of children. Ric suggested locating the proposed second pergola (and table) closer to the center so street people aren’t hidden. Fernando said he liked Summit Park (Constitution and Richmond) as a meeting place for adults. David said he would be opposed to a basketball half court because the park is too small and there are several other courts in the area. Miriam asked about a water fountain, but these often have maintenance issues. Reba encouraged the meeting to email comments to Judith Wong (



Bob Yuhas thanked Sandy Gregory for her coordination of the National Night Out and presented her with a plaque.


Dick Deichsel passed around a bound draft sample of the book that Chan Graham is proposing for the history project. This version would cost $10 each for 350 copies. Mark Solomon asked why his home is pictured but he was not contacted to give permission. Reba said we cannot print the book until that issue is resolved for all the homes pictured. But we must have a contract with a printer before the deadline included in the County grant.


Robert Bello said there are no zoning issues.


Margaret Connealy (for the Care Committee) said that very few people were available for the clean up after the National Night Out. She said we need to assign definite responsibilities for set up and clean up at neighborhood events. David McCain said we should bring this issue up in February in assigning tasks for the annual meeting.


Miriam Ortiz y Pino said she had been contacted by a contractor who conducts classes (for a fee) about how to hire a contractor. There was little interest.


Mark Solomon said that the DNA minutes have not been posted on the website since May. Reba and David will take care of this problem.


Reba asked Anna Muller about the remaining section of Robinson Park (8th and Central) that is still fenced off from the Growers Market. The City says the grass in that area is not yet established. Anna will see that the north sidewalk is repaired.


Dick Deichsel announced that volunteers for the neighborhood clean up will meet at Mary Fox Park (14th and Roma) at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27. He asked for a show of hands so he knows how many burritos to get. There were ten volunteers to work from 9:00 to noon. Dick encouraged neighbors to routinely pick up trash as they walk around the neighborhood.


Rowan Wymark announced that the Kimo Theatre (5th and Central) is showing a silent movie with a live orchestra on the evening of Saturday, September 27.


A representative from CiQlovia (Sunday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) announced a route change for the open streets event. Mary Fox Park (14th and Roma) will still be a center of activities. Volunteers are encouraged. (


The meeting was adjourned at 8:40.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain