Game and Fish Administrative and Educational Center Opens in Roswell

By Lisa Dunlap, Roswell Daily Record

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August 28, 2019 – The $9.5 million New Mexico Department of Game and Fish administrative and educational center in Roswell has been designed and built as an environmentally advanced facility.

The staff of eight to 10 people completed its move last week into the facility at 1615 W. College Blvd. from the old offices on West Second Street, said Captain Andrew Gray, head of the southeast region.

“We are pretty much moved in,” he said. “We had to move about 30 years of work and materials over here from our other site.”

Largely completed about three weeks ago, the new facility on 16 acres includes the main administrative building, parking areas, an enclosed warehouse, a roofed parking and storage area, and a couple of open-air pavilions near an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway vehicle (OHV) training track, with classes to be offered starting this fall. The track and pavilions are expected to be finished soon.

An archery range is due to be added within a year, and a fishing pond also is possible at some point. Gray said the state is discussing the fishing area with the city of Roswell, which owns the land and is leasing it to the state.

Intended to be an educational and community resource, the facility also has been created as a model for good environmental practices, said Russell Benjamin, construction project manager for the Game and Fish Department.