Doña Ana County



RADIUM SPRINGS – On Sunday, August 22, Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca will open the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Radium Springs Community Center. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

The Robledo Community Association – whose members will take over the administrative duties at the center upon its completion – will be on hand for the ceremony.

The association members, Apodaca said, “concerned themselves with every detail of the proposal until all parties were satisfied that this center would provide the greatest benefit for every sector of the community it is designed to serve. They also have made plans for the future expansion of the center and the grounds to better serve the community as funds become available.”

The center was designed by the architectural firm of Molzen-Corbin and Associates to accommodate the diverse demographics of the community. It will sport a half-court indoor basketball area that will double as a full-court volleyball area and also can be used for bingo games, community gatherings and card tournaments.

Apodaca said the project contractor, American Southwest Contractors of Las Cruces, has estimated completion of the community center by January, 2000.
“This will be a place for the children and youth of the community to gather, as well as for the adults and the elders,” Apodaca said. “Truly, it will be the most state-of-the-art community center in the southern part of the state.”

Funding for the 5,523 square-foot project came from three sources: the Community Development Council put in $300,000; Doña Ana County provided matching funds in the amount of $190,000; and Sen. Mary Jane Garcia secured a Legislative appropriation of $150,000.

Apodaca said the four acres of land on which the community center will be located was formerly owned by the L.B. Lindbeck family, whose members have strong ties to the Radium Springs area.

The ceremony will be held at the building site off Fort Selden Road. Directional signs will be posted near the Radium Springs exit leading from Interstate 25, as well as near the Fort Selden Road exit off State Road 185.

For more information, call (575) 523-8650.