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UFO Museum’s park spruced up ahead of festival

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A crew from the landscaping firm VistaScapes puts down some sod Tuesday afternoon at the International UFO Museum and Research Center park on West Second Street. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The International UFO Museum and Research Center is sprucing up its park that fronts West Second Street.

Landscaping crews from VistaScapes are putting down sod and planting some new flowers and bushes.

“We are doing a little rehab work,” said UFO Museum Executive Director James Hill. “I think we put that in the latter part of 2016, and so we are making a few little changes, adjusting for traffic flows that go through that park and all that good stuff. We are trying to make it look as good as it can and still accommodate all the traffic that it gets.”

He said that vinca, weeds and Bermuda grass used to be in the area fronting Second Street, but grass will now create a greener border.

The project is expected to be finished in a week, right before the UFO Festival and Alien Fest begin.

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“We had it scheduled earlier,” Hill said, “but we want it done before festival for sure.”

Hill added that any interior work to the museum will wait until visitor traffic slows in the fall, with the museum already having updated about 75% of its exhibits in 2018 and 2019.

The UFO Museum decided in October 2016 to create a park at the then-vacant parcel just to the north of its building on North Main Street. The cost was estimated at $100,000.

The “Roswell … we believe” mural featuring a hovering spacecraft was added in October 2019 and has since been seen in many places, including national media websites. The project was coordinated by MainStreet Roswell and funded primarily by a $4,000 grant, with a matching contribution by the UFO Museum.