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The park includes a 9-foot-tall climbing wall (pictured left) and play mound, a tot playground, a turf play area, two shade structures, picnic areas, walking paths, and a reclaimed storm drainage/wetland area. Photos: Julia Mulder, Weston Solutions Inc.

The park's entry plaza honors Edward L. Romero, founder of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, co-founder of the Hispanic Culture Foundation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico, and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andora.

WHY IT'S COOL: The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority is currently constructing a potable water reuse pipeline that will transport polished wastewater from the authority's 60-mgd Southside Water Reclamation Plant to some 26 parks, fields, and other recreation areas. When the pipeline is complete, Ambassador Edward L. Romero Park will be the first Bernalillo County facility to be entirely irrigated with treated effluent. Image: Robert Oberdorfer, Weston Solutions Inc.

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