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Alamosa Skate Park Renovations

Renovations to incorporate BMX bike track

The Alamosa Skate Park located in Southwest Albuquerque is being renovated with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of Spring 2017.  Commissioned in 2004, the popular skate park’s grass and landscaping have deteriorated due to extensive bike use, leading to the idea to convert this area for BMX bike activity. Landscaping will be placed on the north property line for buffering and additional aesthetics. New features along the entrance into the existing skate bowl include extended concrete paths and slopes with a cobbled plated slope between the bowl and the BMX course.

“I am excited to see the renovation of the Alamosa Skate Park moving forward.  Back in the early nineties, neighborhood youth successfully advocated for the building of the Skate Park.  Youth from the Southwest Mesa and the entire city come to ride on its unique design. I am eager to offer them a new way to enjoy one of the city’s treasured parks.” said City Councilor Klarissa Peña.

The design consultant for this project is Morrow, Reardon, Wilkinson, & Miller and the contractor is Franklins Earthmoving with City’s Park and Recreation Department Construction. The total project cost is $375,000 with funding coming from the 2015 GO Bond and a 2016 State Grant.

“The Parks Department is pleased to have the opportunity to enhance and expand this skate park. This renovation is the product of solution-based thinking; rather than exclude BMX riders, our staff looked for a way to incorporate them into this space, giving a new group of people the chance to enjoy our park. Both skaters and BMX riders are talented athletes who greatly deserve these new facilities to sharpen their skills.” Barbara Taylor, Director of Parks and Recreation.

The Alamosa Skate Park is the City of Albuquerque’s second in-ground large scale skate park. It has been a unique Skate Park from its inception as it not only has a sky lit bowl, but also a “street plaza” with a mix of banks, ledges, walls, stairs, gaps, and rails in various combinations that had never been built in a Albuquerque skate park at the time. It has been featured in several magazines and videos and has also been the site of a national contest and numerous smaller events.