During a special meeting, Thursday, City Council approved a resolution in support of an application from New Mexico MainStreet for a $100,000 grant toward the renovation of Reischman Park.
Councilor Dusty Huckabee, who serves as director of MainStreet Roswell, said that the organization, along with the Roswell Interarts Organization and the Roswell Museum and Art Center, started working on a revitalization project for the park two years ago and hoped to have it completed by last year, in time for the state’s centennial.
He said the organization is in the process of writing the grant application, which will be submitted to the New Mexico Department of Economic Development.
The proposed redesign includes tile artwork commemorating the state’s history, ADA regulation ramps and a new performance stage.
“We just think it’ll be another attraction downtown where people can gather and do all kinds of things,” Huckabee said.
Located in the 300 block of North Main Street, the park is named in honor of bakery owner Lester J. Reischman. His son Gene ran Holsum Baking Co. in downtown Roswell for several years. In 1977, the Reischman family gave the land to the city and it became the L.J. Reischman Memorial Park in 1982.
The park is frequently used during city events, such as the jazz and UFO festivals.
According to the resolution, through a grant from the New Mexico Department of Economic Development, work soon will begin on the park area, such as removal of old brick, sidewalk replacement and header curbing. The city will also provide electrical upgrades.
Huckabee recused himself from the vote; the six other councilors in attendance voted aye.