Today Mayor Tim Keller, Parks and Recreation Director Dave Simon, Councilor Diane Gibson, and the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico announced a new partnership that will bring a satellite location of the city’s popular Esperanza Bike Shop and Education Center to the east of Page from Albuquerque. The partnership is the result of the donation of the Boys and Girls Club property (based in 3333 Truman St NE) to the city. The Boys and Girls Club will continue to operate from one part of the property with a “Teen Center”, while the Esperanza Bike Shop will develop its second location from the other part.
“This partnership is a win for everyone – for us, for cyclists, young people, families and more,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We are proud to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico to find out-of-the-box solutions for our community. Your work is so important for the development of our youth. “
Since the first Esperanza Bike Shop and Education Center opened on the west side of Albuquerque in 2014, employees have renovated and given away nearly 3,000 bikes as part of the Earn-A-Bike education program. During COVID, the centre’s staff held 185 open-air pop-up shops across the Duke city, in which more than 2,000 people took part.
“Albuquerque is really a bike-friendly city,” said Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The expansion of the Esperanza Bike Shop and Education Center will give more burqueños the opportunity to take advantage of this great service.”
“I am pleased to have a location for the new Bike Center! The partnership with the Boys and Girls Club will allow us to offer bike services to teenagers and teenage children through the Boys and Girls Club, ”said Councilor Diane Gibson. “This is a project I’ve been working on for years and I look forward to it happening. I can’t wait for this community asset to be available. “
“This partnership will have a tremendous positive impact on youth and economic development in Albuquerque,” said Colby Wilson, Chief Encouragement Officer, Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico. “Together we will give teenagers the space and programs they want and need to help them create a plan for success after high school. We congratulate Mayor Keller, Alderman Gibson, and Director Simon for their vision and dedication to making Albuquerque a great place to learn and grow. “
The new satellite location is expected to take up around 3,000 square meters of the building. The Boys and Girls Club will work from the rest of the building and continue with its program. Renovation of the building will begin before the end of the year and is expected to cost around $ 1 million. This project is funded through government capital expenditures and previous GO bond cycles.