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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sen. Tom Udall Announces $780,000+ for Cerrillos Hills State Park

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced yesterday that Cerrillos Hills State Park was awarded $782,910.88 from the National Park Service to build needed support facilities such as a visitors center and a maintenance building.

“This funding will allow Cerrillos Hills State Park to offer expanded services to New Mexicans and visitors from across the country who are interested in the many opportunities for year-round hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking that the park has to offer,” Udall said in a written statement. “Building this new visitors center will help the village of Cerillos further highlight the beautiful views of the Sandia, Ortiz, Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges and spur economic growth in the community.”

The visitors center will be located in the village of Cerrillos and will provide an orientation for visitors and a brief history of the area, including an overview of the more than 1,100 years of mining history in the area. You can learn more about the history of the park here.

This past September, Gov. Bill Richardson proposed using a portion of his federal discretionary recovery funding to purchase the Ortiz Mountain Ranch, which is adjacent to the State Park, and use it to develop a wild horse sanctuary as part of the Park. However, earlier this month the governor announced that the purchase would not go forward because it was unfeasible at this time due to continuing budget problems for the state. The money designated for the project was put into the state's general fund instead. 

December 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM in Environment, Gov. Bill Richardson, Land Issues, Sen. Tom Udall | Permalink