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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:20am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Over the years, a troubled economy put El Paso's Ascarate Park in the rough.
County budget cuts a few years ago made it difficult to take care of the park and keep it up and running. Worn-down and nearly neglected, the park lost a lot of of its appeal.
But the park is now making a comeback and is in demand as a venue for some big-name events.
Ascarate Park has recently hosted about a half dozen big-name events like the Color Run, the Sun City Music Festival, and the Mud Run - drawing in thousands of people to the area and thousands of dollars in revenue.
The county also recently renovated the pavilion, and installed a lit walking trail.
They say they're now looking at different business plans to generate even more revenue that they can put back into the park.
"Where else do you have a lake in the middle of the desert? Where else do you have a walking trail with lights around it that go off at 9 or 10 when people can still walk?" said County Commissioner Sergio Lewis of Precinct 2.
"There's great familiarity with Ascarate Park that people have been going there for years and everyone you talk to has a story of growing up there, going to hang out with friends, and so it's fun to hear the history of the park, and to know that people are still going out there and I think they want to create new memories," said Stephanie Flora from the Susan G. Komen El Paso.
Susan G. Komen El Paso also hosted an event at Ascarate Park last week - the first ever "Glo the Park 5K Run/Walk," where racers took off wearing bright colored clothing and glow sticks.
El Paso County Commissioners are now researching whether or not it would be possible to set up a wi-fi network at Ascarate Park.