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Projects Planned For Balloon Fiesta Park

Projects Planned For Balloon Fiesta Park

Removal of large radio transmission towers provide fewer fixed obstacles for pilots.

With less than 90 days until the start of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, officials have announced some major construction projects now underway.

Several projects have been taking place throughout the year, including the removal of large radio transmission towers immediately west of the Park, providing fewer fixed obstacles for pilots. Balloon Fiesta will be transforming the property into parking and RV sites for staff and volunteers, thus opening additional spaces for Balloon Fiesta guests.

Projects planned at the Park this year include an upgraded utility system for RVs and “re-milling” a couple of the parking lots. With a few exceptions, the pavement at Balloon Fiesta Park is composed of “millings” recycled asphalt that has been recovered from various paving projects around the city. Before Balloon Fiesta Park started giving these millings a new purpose, they were generally dumped into the City’s landfills.

Balloon Fiesta is also building a new bridge over the North Diversion Channel to provide access to the new area for staff and volunteers.

Below is a tentative schedule of the bridge construction:

Ongoing-Late July: Grading of 19-acre site and laying drainage pipe

Through Mid-August: pouring of the bridge deck, construction of the approaches

Now-Mid-August: Construction of walls and fencing

Early August: Landscaping of exterior boundary

Mid-July-End of August: Re-milling of parking lots at the Park

Mid-July-End of August: Installation of water and electric utilities

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot-air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque.

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Johnny Vizcaino is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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