ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Partnership for Community Action (PCA) is celebrating the grand opening of the Colibrí: Interactive Children’s Play Garden & the UNM Cariño Early Childhood Toy & Lending Library with an Open House this coming Monday August 10th from 12PM-6:00PM. This marks the PCA’s second major investment in the South Valley following its renovation of the property at 722 Isleta SW.
“We’re proud of our continued commitment to our local community,” said PCA Board President Bernadette Miera. “For the past 25 years we’ve worked closely with families in the South Valley. We’re very excited to take this next step as we work toward a more healthy and inclusive community.”
The Cariño Lending Library and the Colibrí Children’s Play Garden are the latest examples of community-led reinvestments in our city. Not long ago the property at 722 Isleta was an abandoned eye sore and in the span of two years PCA has raised funding and leveraged the necessary resources to turn an eye sore into a healthy, vibrant community space. The Colibrí Children’s Play Garden was made possible by a PNM Power Up grant and collaboration with the UNM Community and Regional Planning capstone class.
“As a parent, it’s always difficult to find the appropriate balance between academic resources and access to interactive, healthy spaces for my children to play. That’s why we helped design and build this space for all of our children to enjoy,” said Ivón Rodríguez, parent leader at Edward Gonzales Elementary School and mother of three children. “We’re proud to call this space our own – and we hope other families will utilize it as well.”
Members of the media and the community are welcome to attend at any time between 12PM-6PM on Monday August 10th to view this new community resource, ask questions and enjoy light refreshments.