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    Open Space Conservation Plan Community Meetings

    Open Space Conservation Plan Community Meetings The City has initiated the planning process to develop a comprehensive Open Space Conservation Plan for El Paso and invites the public to participate. This is the first time the City has committed to preserve natural open space by developing a long-term plan.

    The Open Space Conservation Plan is a separate initiative that will compliment the Parks & Recreation Master Plan by looking at a long-term plan for acquisition of open space throughout the city.

    The initiative began with the first meeting of the Open Space Advisory Group (OSAG), a group made of 40+ El Pasoans from different sectors (i.e. residents, business, community) on June 28, 2006, launching the community meetings. A series meetings has already commenced, with a kick-off that took place on July 25th.

    The additional upcoming meetings, which are open to the public, are scheduled on the following dates:
    August 1 6-8 p.m. Eastwood Recreation Center 3110 Parkwood East
    August 2 6-8 p.m. EPCC Transmountain Campus 9570 Gateway North Northeast

    After the public meetings are completed, the OSAG will evaluate all input received, develop a map of current and future open space areas and will determine strategies for implementation. This map will be presented to City Council, along with suggestions on how to realize the goals.

    Questions? Please visit the website:

    Take the Survey! The public is encouraged to complete an on-line survey providing additional feedback throughout this initiative

    Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
    • For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community meetings.
      Read more....

    • To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.

    Major Issues:
    • Beware of False 911 Scam

      El Paso Fire Department Officials want to warn the citizens of El Paso about a 911 Scam coming out of San Antonio, Texas. El Paso Fire Officials are NOT requiring El Paso residents to purchase any kind of Emergency Medical Cards and want to warn the public to prevent them from falling victims of this scam.
    • Public Advisory: Stanton Toll Facility Project

      A public hearing will be conducted Monday, August 28, 2006 at City Hall (2nd Floor, Council Chambers) regarding the proposed construction of the new Stanton Street Toll Plaza Facility.

    Public Safety & Health:
    • Citizen Academy Gives Community Opportunity to Get Involved and Help Their Community
      The El Paso Police Department's 18th Citizens' Police Academy will begin on August 15th 2006. Those interested in attending can pick up an application at any of the regional commands or at Police Headquarters. Registration ends Friday, August 4th 2006.

    Development & Infrastructure:
    • Development Services: One-Stop-Shop Just Got Even Better
      Those in need of health permits with the City of El Paso will now only to need to make one stop…at the One-Stop Shop! A representative from the El Paso City-County Health & Environmental District is now available at the One-Stop Shop on the 5th floor of City Hall!
    • Downtown Construction Update: CBD III
      Phased construction continues on schedule in the Central Business District Phase III City initiative to reconstruct major streets in the downtown area.
    • DSD Hosts 1st International Existing Building Code Seminar
      The Development Services Department and International Code Council in conjunction with Borderland Inspectors Association recently sponsored the first seminar highlighting the International Existing Building Code.
    • Home Improvements Start With DSD: Swimming Pools & Fencing
      Ready to beat the summer heat with a new swimming pool? The Development Services Department (DSD) reminds the public that permits are required for most home improvements, including swimming pools & other home fencing.

    • El Paso International Airport Announces Grand Opening of Cutter Aviation's New State-of-the-Art Fixed Base Operation Facility
      El Paso International Airport Announces Grand Opening of Cutter Aviation's New State-of-the-Art Fixed Base Operation Facility For the fifth consecutive year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rated the El Paso International Airport with zero compliance deficiencies.
    • El Paso International Airport Ranks Among the Top Ten Airports in J.D. Power and Associates 2006 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey
      El Paso International Airport Ranks Among the Top Ten Airports in J.D. Power and Associates 2006 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey J.D. Power and Associates reports El Paso International Airport ranks 9th in their 2006 North American Airport Satisfaction Study.
    • Sun Metro to Purchase New Buses
      Sun Metro to Purchase New Buses Sun Metro Mass Transit Department received approval from the Mass Transit Board Tuesday, July 25, 2006, to enter into an agreement with Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to purchase thirty-five new 40-foot low floor compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.
    • Sun Metro Reports on Performance Measures
      Sun Metro has worked diligently to address shortfalls in service. A bi-weekly report from the Director Terry Lee Scott will be given to the Mass Transit Board, which includes special projects and initiatives, demonstrating progress and improvement.
    • Sun Metro to Launch University Express
      Sun Metro will launch "University Express - Route 70" August 14, 2006 from the Eastside Transit Terminal to University Drive. Route 70 is an express route designed to address parking and traffic congestion in the central Medical Center, El Paso Community College Rio Grande Campus and University of Texas at El Paso areas.

    Quality of Life:
    • Museum School Classes
      The El Paso Museum of Art offers a variety of studio art camps, classes and workshops year-round for adults, children, teens and families.
    • Community and Human Development Housing Programs
      There is hope for all low-income families. The Department of Community and Human Development's Housing Division has a variety of programs that can help.
    • Live in the Canyon
      Live in the Canyon The El Paso Convention & Performing Arts Centers have launched a new project to be held in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, called "Live in the Canyon," which will showcase local musical talent to the El Paso public. Get your tickets today!!
    • Meerkat Manor: El Paso Zoo Style
      Meerkat Manor: El Paso Zoo Style Have you seen the Animal Planet show Meerkat Manor? How cute! Well, in the not so distant future, the El Paso Zoo will have its own colony of meerkats.
    • Healthy Hearts With Parks Fun Walks
      The Parks and Recreation Department is well underway with year two of the Healthy Hearts With Parks Fun Walks in the City of El Paso. The walks, which focus on health-related topics along with the monthly two-mile walk, have become very popular.
    • 3rd Thursdays at EPMA Presents Rockabilly Roundup
      3rd Thursdays at EPMA Presents Rockabilly Roundup 3rd Thursdays is the latest offering from the El Paso Museum of Art that brings together an eclectic crowd for an evening of sophistication, socializing and art, each third Thursday every month at the Museum. Each gathering will feature an ultra-heightened sense of entertainment unlike anything ever done in El Paso.
    • Rose Garden Offers Grand Venue for Your Viewing Pleasure
      The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department now has one of the most state of the art, beautiful and enlightening venues in the city that sits proudly in central El Paso. The Rose Garden at 3418 Aurora is available for the public to visit.
    • More Classes Being Offered for Seniors at the San Juan Senior Center
      The San Juan Senior Center will be offering various classes in the coming months to augment the special classes they already offer the seniors.
    • She Talks to Tigers - The Slightly Secret Life of a Zoo Volunteer
      She Talks to Tigers - The Slightly Secret Life of a Zoo Volunteer When she's not at the El Paso Zoo, Missouri native Jasmine Hawes walks and talks to Tigers at Wessa -A-geh Wildlife Rescue. The teen takes care of tigers, wolves, foxes, lions, cougars, Russian black bear, and leopard. And a few chickens that someone dropped off. Her home is in Warrington, Missouri, but she splits her time between cities and families.
    • Enjoy Activities at the Multipurpose Center!
      You and your family can enjoy the following events that the Multipurpose Center has to offer!
    • Neighborhood Services: Neighborhood Leadership Academy
      The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a 16-week public education course for non-traditional leaders that will take place in the fall of 2006. The City of El Paso will facilitate a curriculum that will introduce and explore a variety of services offered by applicable city departments.
    • Coming Soon: Art in the Park 2006
      Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the annual Art in the Park celebration to take place this September. Spaces for art and food vending booths are currently available. Find out how to sign up.
    • Lincoln Center Youth Art Gallery
      The Lincoln Center Youth Art Gallery, located at 4001 Durazno, will be wrapping up their July art exhibit that features work of students from both El Dorado High School and Paso del Norte Middle School. The artwork is on display from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
    • Parks & Recreation: After-School Programs
      The Parks & Recreation Department has multiple after-school programs that kids of all ages can participate in and enjoy. After-school programs provide a social environment and safe haven where youth can congregate and learn to live and work together.
    • Parks and Recreation Updates
      Get an informational update on Estrella River Park and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

    Financial & Administrative Services:
    • City to Begin Wrapping-up FY2007 Budget Process
      After almost five weeks of presentation from each of the City's 26 departments, the City is ready to begin Budget Wrap-up Sessions.

    General Information:
    • City of El Paso - Working to Keep You Informed - En Español!
      Be on the lookout - the Community Newsletter will soon be available En Español.
    • Ysleta Park: Breaking Ground!
      District 6 Representative Eddie Holguin, Jr., the City of El Paso’s Departments of Parks & Recreation and Community and Human Development will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. for improvements done at the Ysleta Park located at 9068 Socorro Rd. The event is open to the public.

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