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Posted on: August 25, 2020

City Council Discusses Proposed Shade Structures for Plaza de Las Cruces

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There was consensus from the Las Cruces City Council at a Monday, August 24 work session to proceed with plans to add shade structures at Plaza de Las Cruces.

From a presentation by Vigil and Associates, an architectural firm with offices in Las Cruces, there was concurrence from City Council to go forward with a conceptual design that could include four decorative metal shade structures, two that would be on the east side of the plaza and two along the west side.

“We need shade,” said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. “It’s just too hot out there. Hopefully, by next year, we can have more shade out there.”

Staff will now work on recommendations to Council for potential funding sources to pay for the shade structures.

The conceptual design initially favored by City Council would provide the most shade for the plaza. The design was one of three options presented to City Council at Monday’s work session. The design came from public comments Vigil and Associates gathered at a public meeting on March 12.

Other conceptual options presented to City Council at Monday’s work session included translucent panels that could be erected along the east and west boundaries of the plaza, and a retractable canvas system that could have three shade panels across the span of the plaza.

The council has explored options for adding shade at Plaza de Las Cruces since 2017. Results of a Vigil and Associates survey conducted at the March 12 public input meeting showed that Las Cruces residents are strongly in favor of more shade at the plaza.

The City’s Economic Development Department received direction from City Council to explore shading options for the Plaza de Las Cruces. A previous work session presented fabric “sail-type” shading structures that were not appealing to the consensus of City Council at that time.

Flexibility of design for the proposed shade structures has been an important consideration because of seasonal activities and events at the plaza, and to encourage more events there throughout the year.

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