- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Work is underway on a new pilots’ pavilion at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park.

City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. They say the $2.3 million project is expected to be done in time for the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The 12,000-square-foot building is named after Sid Cutter, the founder of the fiesta.

Mayor Richard Berry says the project acknowledges the importance of Balloon Fiesta Park as the city’s largest park and the host of the state’s largest tourist event, which draws hundreds of pilots and thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

Voters approved general obligation bonds in 2011 and 2013 to help pay for the pavilion.

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