City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation

City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and providing engaging recreational activities for Albuquerque residents and visitors to the Duke City.

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This week’s Throwback Thursday is  a double hitter - we’re celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth!Elena Gallegos Open Space was...
03/25/2021

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a double hitter - we’re celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth!

Elena Gallegos Open Space was acquired by the City in the early 1980’s, under Mayor Harry Kinney (pictured below). The purchase came after an outcry of public support for preserving the land, and preventing development. Most of the land was traded to the US Forest Service, creating the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. We kept around 640 acres, creating the open space, trails, and picnic areas that have become a popular spot for Albuquerquens to enjoy the outdoors. Below, crews are pictured shortly after the acquisition building picnic shade structures.

Doña Elena Gallegos was born here in 1680 in what was then Spanish colonial land. Her family fled the area in that same year to escape the Pueblo Revolt. In her adulthood, she would move back to New Mexico with her brother, an uncle and her tattooed, French Husband. Elena’s husband was a Spanish prisoner who would eventually be granted freedom after renouncing his French Citizenship and assuming the Spanish name Santiago Gurule. He would pass away in 1711, leaving Elena a widow.

Elena never remarried, even though she had a young son to look after. In an unprecedented move for the time, she wrote to the Governor and requested her own livestock brand to protect her horses and cattle. Her request was granted. She didn’t stop there in breaking gender norms, purchasing thousands of acres of land to raise her livestock on - later to be known as the Elena Gallegos Land Grant. Spanning from what is now Montgomery NE, north to Sandia Pueblo, east to the mountains and bordering the river.

Elena passed away in 1731, and was buried at the original San Felipe de Neri parish in Old Town Albuquerque, before it collapsed and was rebuilt at a different location on the plaza.

We have a few closures today as winter weather conditions blow into the metro area! 🌬️Open Space trails in the Sandia Fo...
03/24/2021

We have a few closures today as winter weather conditions blow into the metro area! 🌬️

Open Space trails in the Sandia Foothills are also closed today.

Los Altos Pool is currently closed due to a power outage. PNM is working to restore power and the pool will reopen ASAP.

⚠️Highland Pool will be closed Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2 for routine maintenance to the building ⚠️To mak...
03/23/2021

⚠️Highland Pool will be closed Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2 for routine maintenance to the building ⚠️

To make lap swimming reservations at our other pools, please visit: cabq.gov/swimming

Last week, we celebrated a historic win for public lands in Albuquerque!For nearly three years, neighbors and environmen...
03/22/2021

Last week, we celebrated a historic win for public lands in Albuquerque!

For nearly three years, neighbors and environmental advocates worked tirelessly to preserve the 'Poole Property' - a 23-acre site bordering the delicate San Antonio Oxbow and existing Open Space land. We listened, and along with the Mayor's Office went to work. Local, regional, and State lawmakers got behind the project, and pushed it over the finish line.

Now, this important land - and its many cultural and ecological features - will be preserved for generations to come.

Thank you to Albuquerque The Magazine and their readers for naming Los Altos Pool as the best public swimming pool in th...
03/16/2021

Thank you to Albuquerque The Magazine and their readers for naming Los Altos Pool as the best public swimming pool in the city! 🏆🎉 We love the facelift it got, and we're glad you do, too.

West Mesa Aquatic Center and the Sunport pool also made the Top 5 - none of this would be possible without the hard work of our aquatics staff!

Continuing our #WomensHistoryMonth celebration, we are highlighting another amazing woman whose  many acheivments led to...
03/15/2021

Continuing our #WomensHistoryMonth celebration, we are highlighting another amazing woman whose many acheivments led to a park being named in her honor.

Mary Fox was a talented businesswoman who was considered to be one of the first to see the potential in Albuquerque's East Mesa. She founded Tijeras Improvement Company, and oversaw it's work until her death in 1961. Her company was responsible for much of the development in the Uptown area and International District. Prior to moving to ABQ, Mary led an exciting life as a successful pioneer woman operator in the oilfields of Kentucky. Mary's husband was the editor of the Albuquerque Morning Journal, and following his death she donated a piece of land to the City in his honor, now known as Fox Memorial Park. Mary Fox Park was named in her honor in 1979.

03/14/2021
Mayor Tim Keller

We’re tuning in to Mayor Tim Keller’s annual State of the City Address!

LIVE NOW: Join in and watch Mayor Tim Keller's Virtual 2021 State of the City Address: Uncharted Territory

Today we unveiled a new court & improvements to the existing North Domingo Baca Park Bocce Courts. We were proud to reco...
03/13/2021

Today we unveiled a new court & improvements to the existing North Domingo Baca Park Bocce Courts.

We were proud to recognize 91 year old Joe Marchese for his dedication to the bocce community in Albuquerque! Joe was surprised with a sign bearing his name, and gave the ceremonial first throw on the new court.

It's #ArborDay in New Mexico! 🌳 We’re proud to announce our membership in the Let’s Plant Albuquerque tree alliance. Wit...
03/12/2021

It's #ArborDay in New Mexico! 🌳

We’re proud to announce our membership in the Let’s Plant Albuquerque tree alliance. With seven other organizations, we are working to amplify the message of tree stewardship, the many benefits of trees, and planting the right tree, in the right place, at the right time. We are also proud to support the 100,000 trees in 10 years initiative set in motion by Mayor Tim Keller!

But we can’t do it without you, so we have lots of ways to get involved! Find out how: https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/news/city-tree-planting-alliance-to-boost-albuquerque-urban-forest

❗Throwback Thursday - McDuffie Park, AKA Hidden Park ❗ One of ABQ’s best kept secrets - McDuffie Park, lovingly known as...
03/11/2021

❗Throwback Thursday - McDuffie Park, AKA Hidden Park ❗

One of ABQ’s best kept secrets - McDuffie Park, lovingly known as ‘Hidden Park’, is surrounded on all sides by houses and small pathways located around the block are the only way to get in.

Around 1940, post-depression developer Charles McDuffie and his wife Laura sold a large piece of land to the City for $1, in hopes that it would become a beautiful park. The photo below shows the land around the time it was sold, and appears to show park workers starting the project.

Today, the lush green grass and large trees create a hidden oasis just blocks away from bustling Nob Hill. Because it is mostly blocked to the street, McDuffie Park is a popular spot for some of ABQ’s furriest residents, and makes a great place to play fetch!

We are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting some incredible women! In 1980, the @abqjournal called Eunice Kol...
03/07/2021

We are celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth by highlighting some incredible women!

In 1980, the @abqjournal called Eunice Koloch "The Lady who Beautifed a City." Two years prior, then Mayor David Rusk dedicated a City Park Eunice in honor of her decades-long, tireless dedication to planting thousands of trees, shrubs and other plants across the city. In 1984, Eunice was inducted into the City's Hall of Fame for founding "Keep New Mexico Beautiful", and her other philanthropic works.

Eunice was also the founder of our Gift and Memorial Tree Program. She passed away in 1988, but her legacy can be seen around Albuquerque and of course at the park named in her honor.

Our popular bicycle center is officially re-opening! 🚴‍♂️Did you know that you can use Esperanza's tools & shop to fix u...
03/05/2021

Our popular bicycle center is officially re-opening! 🚴‍♂️

Did you know that you can use Esperanza's tools & shop to fix up your bike, learn about bicycle safety or even earn a free bike?!

Following COVID-safe protocols, the center will be open Tuesdays and Sundays from 12 pm - 8:30 pm, by appointment only. Call 505-224-6668 to schedule an appointment.

❗Throwback Thursday - Tingley Beach ❗ Tingley Beach was once a popular swimming spot in the hot summer months for Albuqu...
03/04/2021

❗Throwback Thursday - Tingley Beach ❗

Tingley Beach was once a popular swimming spot in the hot summer months for Albuquerque Residents. Former Mayor Clyde Tingley urged the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District to create a shallow lake in that spot in 1931. Although the Great Depression hit shortly after, Mayor Tingley was able to push the project through, and it would come to be known as Conservancy Beach.

Conservancy Beach became a popular location for speedboat races, and famous speedboat racers would come from around the country to use the lake. Pictured below is Mayor Tingley in a speedboat on the lake. In 1949, the area was renamed Ernie Pyle Beach in honor of the author who called Albuquerque home. The beach became the place to be seen in the summer months, and was popular with swimmers for its high dive.

Two decades later, the beach would be closed for swimming due to polio scares and environmental health concerns.

Eventually, the beach was renamed in honor of former Mayor Tingley, and in 2004 the City launched a $13 million dollar renovation to revamp the once beloved site. The improvements include three bodies of water -- one strictly for paddleboats -- a dock, a meeting room and a train station to connect Tingley to the ABQ BioPark.

This past Saturday we sponsored a tree planting with Tree New Mexico in the South Broadway and San Jose neighborhoods - ...
03/01/2021

This past Saturday we sponsored a tree planting with Tree New Mexico in the South Broadway and San Jose neighborhoods - resulting in 100 trees being planted in one day! Mayor Tim Keller & City Councilor Ike Benton even stopped by to say thank you to the tree planting volunteers. 🌳

Next weekend, 100 more trees will be given away to neighbors in the same area. Partnerships like these are great steps 👣 forward in our mission to plant 100,000 trees in the next 10 years to restore ABQ's canopy.

❗Throwback Thursday - Highland Park ❗ Highland Park can be seen on maps of the city by 1919, but is mentioned in the new...
02/25/2021

❗Throwback Thursday - Highland Park ❗

Highland Park can be seen on maps of the city by 1919, but is mentioned in the newspaper as early as 1908. The park received its name based on its location at the eastern-edge of the Huning Highlands Neighborhood.

It was once known as one of the shadiest spots in the city & was home to the City’s Christmas Tree every year.

One of the first improvements to the park was a small, kidney-shaped wading pool added in the early 20’s, and eventually replaced with a larger rectangular version in the mid-40’s. (Pictured)

A band shell was popular in the park in the 40’s, where weekly concerts were held. (Check out that KOB 4 sign! This concert was hosted by KOB radio.) The shell was built to project sound, and stood at the northeast corn of Elm Street and Silver Avenue.

Unfortunately, in 1959, the bandshell and the eastern half of Highland Park were demolished to make way for I-25.

In 2014, the park underwent major renovations and has continued experiencing revitalization with the community’s renewed interest.

We love our volunteers! ❤️🌳Yesterday, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light helped us plant eight new trees at Graves Pa...
02/24/2021

We love our volunteers! ❤️🌳

Yesterday, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light helped us plant eight new trees at Graves Park in memory of those who lost their lives to COVID-19. A memorial plaque will be installed at a later date.

Find out more about volunteering with the City here: https://cabq.galaxydigital.com/

As the snow and ice continue to melt at our Golf Courses, we're excited to welcome you back! ☀️🏌Los Altos Golf Course do...
02/19/2021

As the snow and ice continue to melt at our Golf Courses, we're excited to welcome you back! ☀️🏌

Los Altos Golf Course does have the most amount of snow sticking around, so at the latest it will reopen tomorrow morning.

❗Throwback Thursday - Wells Park❗ Today we are featuring Wells Park, located in one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhood...
02/18/2021

❗Throwback Thursday - Wells Park❗ Today we are featuring Wells Park, located in one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods.

Originally known as ‘Sixth and Mountain Park’, it was officially named Wells Park in 1951 to honor Charles E. Wells, who served as City Manager of Albuquerque from 1934-1952. In 1942, the first playground was built at the park as part of a WPA project.

Pictured below is a photo of an old horseshoe pit, believed to have been located where the present-day Johnny Tapia Community Center stands.

Today, a splash pad is popular with neighborhood kids on hot summer days, and the basketball court is often full. Local Roller Derby teams use the court for practice, too!

This park has seen many changes, and we are currently working with the neighborhood to imagine & implement what it, and the Walker Property next door, will look like in its next phase!

Mayor Tim Keller
02/16/2021

Mayor Tim Keller

City of Albuquerque non-essential services and offices are on a two-hour delay today due to inclement weather conditions, and will open at 10:00 a.m. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures continue to make driving conditions poor. Residents are encouraged to limit travel.

Closures and delays at our facilities today:❄️ All pools on a two hour delay. ❄️ Golf Courses and other recreational fac...
02/15/2021

Closures and delays at our facilities today:

❄️ All pools on a two hour delay.

❄️ Golf Courses and other recreational facilities, like tennis courts, remain closed.

❄️ All Open Spaces and Trailheads in the Sandia Foothills are back open, but we encourage everyone to use caution as icy conditions may exist.

Stay safe ABQ!

Stay safe and warm out there, ABQ! ☃️Sandia Foothills trailheads will open around noon.Parks are open for use, but we en...
02/14/2021

Stay safe and warm out there, ABQ! ☃️

Sandia Foothills trailheads will open around noon.

Parks are open for use, but we encourage everyone to use caution as snow, ice, and freezing temperatures may be present.

❄️The metro area is bracing for a winter storm over the next few days ❄️This may cause closures or delayed openings at o...
02/13/2021

❄️The metro area is bracing for a winter storm over the next few days ❄️

This may cause closures or delayed openings at our parks, pools, golf courses and open spaces. Stay tuned to our social media pages for updates, and stay warm!

❗Throwback Thursday - Sunport Pool❗ Today we are featuring the City's oldest and largest outdoor swimming pool located a...
02/11/2021

❗Throwback Thursday - Sunport Pool❗ Today we are featuring the City's oldest and largest outdoor swimming pool located at Gibson Blvd and Columbia Dr. The Sunport Pool was built in the 1940's, and was originally the Acapulco Swimming Club, a private club that was popular among Kirtland Air Force Base families.

The City purchased the pool in 1975, and renamed it the Sunport Pool. It has since been renovated in 1995 and again in 2012. Offering a deep end, a unique 40-meter lap lanes , a zero depth wading pool and plenty of cool, grassy areas to relax in. The community atmosphere makes this pool a great place for recreational swimming, family picnics, swimming lessons and after-hours rentals.

Our first annual Lifeguard Games were held here in 1981, check out the pictures below!

City of Albuquerque Open Space
02/10/2021

City of Albuquerque Open Space

Come to the Visitor Center to see the last of the Sandhill Cranes.

❗Throwback Thursday - Robinson Park ❗ We're launching a new series showcasing some of our historic parks & facilities. K...
02/04/2021

❗Throwback Thursday - Robinson Park ❗

We're launching a new series showcasing some of our historic parks & facilities. Kicking off the series is our oldest surviving park - Robinson Park located at Copper Avenue and Central Avenue.

This triangular park was established sometime between 1880 and 1890, and can be seen in early plans for the surrounding neighborhood. A contest to name the newly minted park was held and won by Lena Robinson, whose father purchased the most votes for her.

A statue of a heroic firefighter named John Braden, who died driving a flaming wagon full of fireworks away from a parade in 1896, was commissioned shortly after his death and still stands in the park today. Sometime in the 1920s, a bandstand was built in the center of the park and was often used for Sunday afternoon concerts.

Today, the park is best known for hosting the weekly Downtown Growers' Market on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall. This popular market features fruits and vegetables from local growers, goodies from local bakeries, live music from local musicians and even yoga classes. (photo taken per-pandemic)

(Photos courtesy of Center for Southwest Research, Albuquerque Museum and Dirt Road Travels)

Do you have what it takes to join our team? We are looking for seasonal/summer workers to fill a number of spots in our ...
02/03/2021

Do you have what it takes to join our team? We are looking for seasonal/summer workers to fill a number of spots in our recreation division!🎾

Find out more at cabq.gov/jobs.

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of Albuquerque Police Department Officer Shawn McWethy's End of Watch. In his memory, S...
02/01/2021

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of Albuquerque Police Department Officer Shawn McWethy's End of Watch.

In his memory, Shawn McWethy Park on the west side of Albuquerque was completed in 2018 and features a large playground, basketball court, picnic tables and a spacious grass field. It is one of several parks across the city that have been named in tribute to APD officers who lost their lives in service to our community.

UPDATE: Due to the winter weather that hit the metro area this week, trail maintenance will not be completed until Febru...
01/29/2021

UPDATE: Due to the winter weather that hit the metro area this week, trail maintenance will not be completed until February 3rd.

🚨 Attention cyclists! 🚲

Paseo de La Mesa Trail will be closed next week for trail maintenance.

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Step up your game Abq ! You have a huge Greek population in here. Many cities are celebrating Greece’s 200 yr for places with large Greek populations!
Is the city planning on doing anything for its Greek population? This is going to be the 200th anniversary of Greece’s victory of independence against the oppressive Turks.
Please repair asap! This metal sign is blowing around precariously. Spooks the dogs and could cause some real damage if it comes off completely. Report was sent in by contacting CABQ. Thank you!
Wtf is this?! This ranger needs to be fired!
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I am a red cross first responder on disability and as such always wear my uniform proudly; and currently have the dept of justice law for the disabled who have either breathing problems ptsd anxiety and claustrophobia, that was endorsed by the cdc when people with any of these disorders died and thus the FEDERAL law was created so NO MORE would die. I was not only denied entry (even though I told the young woman that a violation carries a possible fine of $50k, she was unphased, and i told her I am told by the dept of justice to report any denied entry to them. all she could say was "you'll have to speak to the manager" and I said, no I don't have time (obviously first responders on call are busy) she also seemed unaware that to harass a red cross responder is a federal crime. I have often found that when a person disrespects a uniform there is a reason.
Good Job George Wolffe 768-5363 and Paul Kolman 249-0692 working hard to keep the kids off the City Fields. Give a call and a round of applause or voice your concerns. Hope you all sleep good tonight. #KickingKidsOffTheFieldSince2020
I’ve sent a email inquiring about the special use permit for a city open space. I’ve never received a email back. Can you assist me? My event is in March 2021
what are the chances of you guys getting someone to look at the flags at Bull Head part? all are torn beyond serviceable and the US flag is hanging by one eyelet
I am frustrated beyond belief, having spent 30 straight minutes calling the Rio Grande pool to reserve a lane and constantly getting a busy signal. I couldn't find a link to reserve a lane online, though it has been there in the past. This is an impossible system...!!