FARMINGTON — The city of Farmington paid for lighting upgrades at the San Juan College athletic fields and will make upgrades to other athletic fields throughout the city using funds from refinancing bonds.

The city approved refinancing bonds last fall to pay for major projects, including the downtown Complete Streets revitalization project, completing the river trail system and building a new aquatic center to replace the dilapidated pool at Brookside Park. The city also approved using $300,000 to renovate athletic fields.

The new lights at the soccer and softball fields at the college will allow people to use them for an additional 20 hours each week, according to a press release from the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.

“We appreciate the partnership we have with San Juan College involving the athletic fields, which allows us to offer more opportunities to our community,” said Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron in a press release.

The college fields were the first athletic fields to receive the upgrades. According to the press release, field renovations including replacing fencing, grading and replacing sod at the Fairgrounds Soccer Complex will begin on July 1. The Clay and Carpenter baseball fields at Justis Park will receive renovations starting Aug. 10. Those renovations include grading.

People can schedule time to use the athletic fields by calling 505-599-1197. The city prioritizes use for local school teams and youth leagues.


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