Master Plan Updates

The ABQ BioPark is creating a master plan for the Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Aquarium.

The 2014 ABQ BioPark Master Plan will set the direction for growth and development of the Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Aquarium over the next 20 years.

Some areas of focus for the planning team have been:

  • Enhancing and updating animal exhibits in ways that benefit both guests and animals
  • Creating more spaces for educational activities and special events
  • Making it easier to guests to find their way to, between and inside the facilities
  • Easing traffic congestion and increasing parking availability
  • Developing a plan for new and consistent signage within the facilities

Proposed Plans

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    caption: caption:Master Plan Slide Aquarium

    caption:Master Plan Slide Botanic Garden caption:Master Plan Slide Tingley Beach

    Download a pdf presentation about the Master Plan proposals. (~19MB)


    We are hosting formal public meetings to collect public input. You are also welcome to submit your comments via one of the following methods:


    • October 16-18 - The design team, NCA Architects and Jones and Jones Architecture, led an initial workshop with City and BioPark leaders to start the planning process. The Master Plan will guide repairs, renovations and new developments at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Aquarium. The City-owned facility covers an extensive 150+ acres along the Rio Grande with nearly 100 buildings, thousands of animals, hundreds of thousands of plants and 1.2 million visitors annually.
    • December & January - English and Spanish surveys asked for input from the community. What do you love about the facilities? What changes and improvements do you want to see? (Survey is now closed, but we still welcome comments. See section above.)
    • January 16 - The first public information session included an introduction to the team and a presentation about the analysis of the BioPark’s current status—strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, future options.
    • March 20 - The second public information session was held at Barelas Senior Center (714 7th St SW, 87102). Watch a video of the presentation below.
    • June 30 - Zoo hosts a free open house for public to learn about and comment on the Master Plan.

    Video Contents

    • 0:00-3:00 - Introduction to the Master Planning Process
    • 3:00-15:50 - Survey and Research Results
    • 15:50-27:30 - Parking and Access Report
    • 27:33-44:33 - Master Plan Options and Ideas