Halloween 2019

          Round Robins ... or building community in the neighborhood

In what has turned out to be a very successful and pleasant way to foster a sense of community, Spruce Park neighbors have been gathering for conversation and food at “Round Robin” tapas parties. In groups of 8 to 10, at rotating host houses, we spend a couple of hours getting to know each other, over savories, desserts and drinks. Here is how Round Robins work:

  • A couple of weeks prior, email invitations are sent to all who have signed up to be on the mailing list.
  • On receipt of an invitation, you RSVP to the convener with name(s) and number attending. Kids are welcome. If there is interest, we can direct them all to one house, so they can play while we chat!
  • Convener assembles respondents into small groups, aiming for representation across the blocks, etc.
  • About 3 days before the event, emails are sent with the address of your party and a food assignment.
  • Forthcoming date:  TBA. To participate, RSVP to Elizabeth Reed by Monday, February 3, and in your response, please say if you would like to host.


         Here is Elizabeth's contact info:



Meeting on siting and operation of the Gateway Center for the Homeless

Central United Methodist Church
201 University BLVD BE, CENTRAL TO LIFE room
Monday, February 24th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The Gateway Center will be a centrally located emergency shelter designed to meet the basic needs, including health care, of people experiencing homelessness. It will serve individuals and families, including children, and will help direct them toward permanent housing.

Homelessness is a struggle that foremost impacts the men, women and children experiencing it. Still, safety, property values, and potential vehicle and foot traffic are major concerns for our neighborhood. Thus, SPNA wants the entire community to be able to weigh in on the proposed location of the Center, on vacant University property adjacent to the I-25 Frontage road, just north of Lomas and southwest of the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Accordingly, SPNA has arranged a meeting with City of Albuquerque officials, at which residents will be able to pose questions and express concerns on Gateway Center siting and on how the facility will operate. This is your chance to talk directly with the people in charge of the project!

SPNA Board Meeting at:

Central United Methodist Church
201 University Blvd NE, Rm. 307


SPNA Annual Meeting, postponed on account of COVID19