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Menlo Park landfill could become massive park

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TUCSON - A 22-acre landfill near the base of ‘A’ Mountain could become home to a massive new park. Local real estate agent, Damion Alexander, is behind the new proposal.

The park would feature a commercial velodrome for bicycle racing and much more.

“There also would be considerable biking, running, jogging, re-vegetation, a skate park, dog park, splash pad and children's playground,” Alexander said.

Developers believe the landfill’s proximity to downtown Tucson makes it the perfect spot for the plan.

“There are numerous plans that have been proposed for the area over the years,” said Alexander. “What's new about the velodrome and all the other bike infrastructure is they'll pay for all of the other infrastructure we're trying to put in.”

Alexander said the plan has received positive feedback from the Rio Nuevo Board, and he believes it will be an economic driver for the area.

But the plan still needs the support of those who live in the area.

Gene Einfrank is the President of the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association. He said they’re still weighing the pros and cons of the proposal, but reactions so far have been mixed.

“This [area] is part of Tucson's birthplace. So there's a long history here and there are a lot of people who are concerned with the idea of developing the area,” he said. “There are others who find the idea of having a bicycle park here very appealing.”

Alexander said the wants to hear the concerns of residents so that they can be incorporated into the plan. He said both sides will get an opportunity to be heard as developers plan for public input meetings in January.

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