Doña Ana County Roads Department crews will be in Vado with heavy equipment Friday morning, April 29, at about 7 a.m. to position a bridge over a large ditch as part of an ongoing initiative to create and sustain a new community park and trail project.

The bridge placement is the latest phase of the project. Most of the work has been completed in conjunction with Groundwork Doña Ana, a youth job-training organization.

A group of 10 youths – nicknamed The Green Team – has removed 4 tons of debris, trash and weeds from the ditch, installed benches and have made preliminary steps to create a bicycle and hiking path, as well as mapped out locations for additional benches and shade canopies that will be added as funding allows.

Denice Hardy, executive director of Groundwork Doña Ana, said the youths involved in the project are receiving training in communications, how to apply and interview for jobs, conflict resolution, problem solving, decision making, leadership and project planning.

Hardy said the group completed a strategic action plan for the project, identified potential challenges, set goals, created a budget, and identified needed resources.

The Green Team comprises Daniel Lozano, 15; Kimberly Corchado, Jorge Chavez and Jose Realivasquez, all 16; and Cesar Arciniega, Adrian Avila, Julie Garduña, Martha Lugo, Grecia Nunez and Ruby Salazar, all 17.

The group is seeking donations to keep the work going and the project on track. To donate or learn more about Groundwork Doña Ana, call (575) 649-2084.

To reach the park project, take I-10 to the Vado Exit. Turn west and go about 1.5 miles to Holguin Road. Turn left on Holguin and veer right. Parking will available at Valley Grove Baptist Church. The trail project connects Holguin Road to Vado Road.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.