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Draft Environmental Assessment for the Prescribed Endemic Refuge Connected Habitat Areas Project, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Bernalillo County have completed the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Prescribed Endemic Refuge Connected Habitat Areas Project, Bernalillo County, New Mexico (DEA). The South Valley Wellness Ecosystem, or Prescribed Endemic Refuge Connected Habitati Areas (PERCHAs)  project (Proposed Action), is a collaboration between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service),  Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Bernalillo County (County) New Mexico, to develop habitat areas on County properties within County-owned and -maintained drainage facilities. The Valle de Oro NWR and Bernalillo County have prepared the PERCHAs Plan (Plan). Under the Proposed Action as described in the Plan, the County and Valle de Oro NWR will work together to establish forage and habitat areas for wildlife with the goal of linking County properties in the Albuquerque South Valley with the Valle de Oro NWR so that the PERCHAs are viewed as one whole system of habitat areas. The County has developed the Plan to “connect” the properties through enhancement of wetted habitat and vegetative species on the properties and storm drain outfall areas and relating them back to the Valle de Oro NWR interpretively. The initial pilot project facilities and future projects are on lands owned by Bernalillo County under the Parks and Recreation and Open Space Departments management in the Albuquerque South Valley. This DEA focuses on four initial properties: the Los Padillas, McEwen Pond, Mountain View, and Sanchez Farm properties. The long-term vision for the Proposed Action is to create a distributed network of wildlife habitat areas throughout the Rio Grande Valley in Bernalillo County that are connected by ditches maintained by the County’s Public Works Division, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Food Control Authority.

The DEA is electronically available for viewing and copying on the Bernalillo County website by clicking here. 

Or, a PDF copy will be emailed upon written request to:


Or, write to: 

Tetra Tech
Alaina Pershall
6121 Indian School Road NE, Suite 205
Albuquerque, NM 87110

If a hard copy is required, please provide a mailing address.

Paper copies of this document are also available for review at:

South Valley Library.
3904 Isleta Blvd SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87105


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105


The public review period is from June 10, 2019 to July 10, 2019. Written comments should be sent to Alaina Pershall at the above address and will be accepted until 4 p.m., July 10, 2019. A public meeting discussing the project will be held on June 19, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m.  at the Rio Bravo Senior Center, 3910 Isleta Blvd SW.



Paradise Hills Community Center Improvements

Major renovations are proposed to the Paradise Hills Community Center, the county’s busiest community center.

Paradise Hills Community Center: Mobility, Parking and Park Improvements (Phase 2)

In the initial redevelopment phase for the Paradise Hills Community Center and adjacent facilities, the county will address key community concerns regarding parking, circulation and pedestrian safety. These improvements will also accommodate future expansion of the community center, which will result in the elimination of parking on the east side of the building. A speed table and herringbone parking are proposed for Park Lane NW to slow traffic, increase safety for kids crossing from the center to the park and increase parking space. Approximately 300 new parking spaces will be added over several phases for a total of 312 (including 116 spaces added around Paradise Park, and 30 annex spaces). These spaces are required for the 38,000 square feet addition. Park changes are necessary to accommodate bleachers, parking along the western edge of the site, a platform for and a proposed upgrade to the existing skate park. There has been extensive coordination with the Bernalillo County Public Works Department and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) concerning the proposed reconfiguration of Park Lane and parking along the perimeter of Paradise Hills Park to ensure improvements do not impair the park’s function as drainage facility. Traffic and drainage studies build on earlier joint efforts by the county, AMAFCA and the city. Completion of parking at the Annex and an Rx trail loop connecting it to the Main Building was completed previously in 2015. Funding for the project was secured in the 2014 and 2015 Legislative Sessions and through the 2014 Bond.

General Project Information:

Status | Construction

Project Planner | John Barney
Email: jcbarney@bernco.gov
O: (505) 314-0404 C: (505) 933-1113

Construction Project Manager | Dennis Duran
Contractor | Bernalillo County Land Management
Email: dduran@bernco.gov
O: (505) 224-2149 C: (505)975-2647

Planning & Design Completed | Summer 2018
Total Construction Cost | $1 million (estimated)

Construction Start | June 2018
Anticipated Project Completion | January 2019

Funding: New Mexico Legislative Grants $910,000
2016 GO Bonds $250,000

Site plans:

Bubble diagram 

Whole Life Addition (Phase 3)

Includes the addition of approximately 38,030 squre feet of new program space to be added to the existing 15,000-square-foot center and 5,700-square-foot annex. Proposed center additons include a second gymnasium, fitness space with changing/locker rooms for dual use with the pool, flexible community meetng rooms, a large lobby and a demonstration kitchen. Phase 2 will also include the addition of a half-acre courtyard with views of the Sandia Mountains, a native basalt field and hill, community garden, outdoor sport courts, band shell, educational xeric landscape throughout the community center campus and a plaza connection to Paradise Hills Park. After design, this phase will likely be broken down into a series of sub-phases to facilitate funding.

Status: Planning/Design

Estimated Design Completion: Fall 2020
Estimated Total Construction Cost: $3 million

Construction Start (projected) | Spring 2021
Anticipated Construction Completion | Spring 2022

Funding: 2018 and 2020 GO Bond and Legislative Capital Outlay

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