‘Par 3′ golf course renovations top parks priority list

Kevin Wilson In line with approving the start of a bid process for fixing the sprinkler system at Colonial Park Golf Course, the Clovis City Commission on Thursday directed Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell to push the “par-3” golf course renovation at Hillcrest Park to the top of his park renovation priority list. The […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Parks professionals to gather in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Nick Ogilvie showcases his artificial landscape work in Clovis. Ogilvie is one of the session speakers for the annual New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association conference. The conference starts Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Benna Sayyed A host of parks and recreation professionals from New Mexico will gather this week at the […]

Parks and Recreation conference coming to Clovis

CNJ staff The Clovis Civic Center will host this year’s New Mexico Recreation and Park Association state conference, running Wednesday morning through Friday. An estimated 200 parks and recreation employees will attend the conference, with speakers from around the region offering educational sessions and National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors Chair Janna Rankin […]

Commission discusses Hotel Clovis, parks plan

Kevin Wilson A special Clovis City Commission meeting scheduled generally to deal with Hotel Clovis renovation matters ended up putting just as much attention on upcoming parks and recreation additions. The commission quickly tackled a six-item agenda Tuesday afternoon, approving all items on unanimous votes inside of 20 minutes. The special meeting was mainly called […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Meetings watch: Parks and Recreation Board

The Clovis Parks and Recreation Board met Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Department, 500 Sycamore. • Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said the Clovis Municipal Golf Course would stay open until the end of August, at least. He said the Colonial Golf Course is averaging 100 rounds a day on the weekend, and […]

Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

Officials eye first step of parks plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A view of the enclosed patio at the Youth Recreation Building, through a hole in the patio’s west wall. Lead-based paint and asbestos removal could begin by next week, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said. Kevin Wilson At Hillcrest Park sits about 5,000 square feet of concrete, paint and […]

No one to blame in giraffe’s death

The Parks and Recreation Department is deeply saddened. First off because of the loss of our beloved “Jay” the giraffe. Secondly, because of the unfounded accusations that have been made by some of the “uninformed” citizens of Clovis. We realize that it is human nature to make quick judgments before knowing all of the facts […]