- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University officials hope a planned new park will help make a favorable impression on potential students and other visitors and also beautify the school’s Las Cruces campus.

The new park would be located just east of Aggie memorial Stadium and be visible from Interstate 25.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1AgvD9J ), the site is currently a vacant lot.

University President Garrey Carruthers says planting grass and trees on the site would create a place where families could have picnics, play games or just relax.

Facilities and Services Executive Director Tim Dobson says state funding would pay for the project, which would cost up to $4.2 million depending on the chosen design.

Initial work has already begun with the planting of pecan trees around the perimeter.