Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dusty Balloon Park Being Turned Into Green Oasis.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

FIESTA 2000

Dust and wind are facts of life here, but new grass at Balloon Fiesta Park will reduce the former and Mother Nature might cooperate on the latter as the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins this weekend.

"The biggest improvement people will notice is the grass," said fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity.

Workers on Tuesday were watering and mowing new grass on the south end of the field.

Others were painting camera platforms and striping parking lots or helping put up tents or place picnic tables at the launch site.

Up to 150 volunteers were involved on the field and at balloon fiesta headquarters, Garrity said. …

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