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3…2…1… Blast off!

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Above: City Councilor Jacob Roebuck, far left, speaks at the ribbon cutting for a new rocket slide play structure at Spring River Park & Zoo on Sunday afternoon. Also pictured, from left, are Mayor Dennis Kintigh, Parks and Recreation Director Jim Burress, City Councilor Barry Foster and JaneAnn Oldrup with the closed Cold-War era rocket behind them. “This rocket is more than just a new playground fixture,” Roebuck said. “It’s more than a replacement for that rocket. It’s a statement for this community that we are not going to fade, that we’re going to move forward, we’re going to get better. And I challenge anybody to find another rocket anywhere in the state of New Mexico, another playground rocket, that is as awesome as this one …”
Below: Charles Heimark, 7, goes down the new rocket slide as other children play shortly after the ribbon cutting at Spring River Park & Zoo on Sunday afternoon. Heimark said the new play equipment was “fun” and he enjoyed going down the three slides. The closed Cold War-era rocket slide equipment can be partially seen to the left of the new rocket. The city has plans to repurpose the former rocket into a sign, as well as a public art piece. (Alison Penn Photos)