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Fireworks show to be held next to Santa Fe Place mall

June 1, 2017 GMT

The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which in recent years has been launched from Ivan Head Stadium at Santa Fe High School, will be held this year at the park adjacent to the Santa Fe Place mall.

The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $35,000 contract with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe to organize the event after the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Clubs, the show’s sponsor for more than two decades, announced in April that it was giving up the role so that it could focus on a larger fundraiser planned this month.

The council unanimously also approved a resolution banning the sale and use of certain fireworks within city limits in the weeks before the holiday. The ban will be in effect between June 6 and July 4.

Ray Sandoval of the Kiwanis Club, the producer of the annual burning of Zozobra at Fort Marcy Park, told city councilors that moving the fireworks show to the park by the mall means there will be 3,000 available parking spaces in the mall lot. In the past, many spectators have parked along Zia Road and neighborhood streets to watch the show — causing traffic congestion and other problems for residents — rather than parking in the high school lot and paying a $5 fee that benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs.

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This year, Sandoval said, there will be no charge for parking.

He said there will be food trucks as well as bounce houses and other children’s attractions in the parking lot.

The contract between the city and the Kiwanis Club includes a $5,000 increase from previous years. Sandoval said the extra money is needed for additional security. The city’s contract covers the costs of pyrotechnics.

The resolution banning the sale and use of other fireworks, which formally “proclaims severe or extreme drought conditions may exist” within the city, has been adopted by the council almost every year in recent years. State law allows local governments to adopt temporary fireworks bans, but the law requires governments to do so 30 days in advance of the holiday rather than wait to assess the conditions and risk of danger closer to the date.

The resolution states that “if the city experiences a fire that burns out of control in the watershed, 40 percent of the city’s water resources are at serious risk of complete loss or substantially reduced capacity.”

Contact Steve Terrell at 505-986-3037 or sterrell@sfnewmexica­n.com. Read his political blog at www.santafenewmexican.com/news/blo­gs/politics.