Changes coming to East Park

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New recreation area will replace old tennis courts

By Carol A. Clark

A miniature golf course and a high school-sized basketball court are two new features under construction at East Park. This new recreational area will replace the old tennis courts and is scheduled for a summer unveiling.

Los Alamos County Parks Manager Richard McIntyre is heading up the project.

“Half of the tennis court area will be used for the basketball court and half for the miniature golf course. We’re refurbishing playground equipment to be used as obstacles for the miniature golf course,” McIntyre said. “We’ve got a Cinderella carriage, an old covered wagon, a cannon, a submarine and a tower that we’re fixing up and painting.”

The county will make the basketball court and the miniature golf course available to the public free of charge. Golfers will need to bring their own putters and balls, he said, adding that the amenities will be open only during daylight hours, as the area is not lit.  

East Park, at 300 East Road, is one of 12 developed public parks located in Los Alamos and White Rock.  It consists of four acres encompassing a dog park, shade area, picnic tables, hiking trail and a play lot.

The Parks Division maintains 29 parks, 20 playgrounds covering 600 acres, 4,000 acres of open space and 48 miles of trails.

Other public grounds in Los Alamos County under the responsibilities of the Parks Division are Guaje Pines Cemetery and Camp May, the landscaped traffic medians and streetscapes, North Mesa Stables and the rodeo grounds, RV storage and community garden plots as well as 14 additional public properties.

The Parks Division is tasked with turf management, mowing and trimming, tree and shrub pruning, maintenance of irrigation systems, playgrounds, athletic fields concession stands, tennis and basketball courts, trash collection, interments, manure removal and snow removal.

In addition to the Parks Division’s maintenance roles, the staff plans, designs, develops and installs new park facilities, renovations, overhauls and repairs. The Parks Division also is involved with an ongoing, intensive landscaping and tree-planting program throughout the parks system and public buildings.

Who’s who in the

Parks Division

Parks Division staff includes McIntyre who has served as manager for six years.  He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and he is a registered landscape architect in the State of New Mexico.  

Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton has been with the Parks Division for 14 years. He began his service as a parks maintenance specialist and is skilled in landscaping, general maintenance and construction. Humpton is a certified irrigation auditor and designer.

Senior Office Specialist Elaine Martinez is the Parks Division’s senior office specialist and has been with Los Alamos County more than 20 years. She manages the daily clerical operations of the office, records payroll, tree and plant donations, memorial donations and the leasing of stables and rodeo grounds, RV lots and the garden plots.

Office Specialist Roxie Mascareñas has been with the county since 2001. She splits her time between the Parks Division and Fuller Lodge and is responsible for scheduling special events and rentals of indoor county facilities.

Open Space Specialist Craig Martin oversees the county’s open space and trail systems and the Fuel Mitigation Project for the protection of the county from forest fires. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has authored 18 books covering the history and recreational opportunities of Northern New Mexico. He has been with the Parks Division for six years.

The Parks Division also consists of six field crew supervisors, seven parks maintenance specialists and five temporary parks maintenance specialists.

For information, contact the Parks Division at 662-8159 or access the county Web site at www.losalamosnm.us/parks/Pages/default.aspx.