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Pond supporters are invited to help remove algae and fishing line.

Tingley Beach Hosts Clean-Up Day

Tingley Beach's Central Pond. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

June 19, 2013

Join us for a Tingley Beach Clean-Up Day on Saturday, June 29 from 3 - 5 p.m. The ABQ BioPark invites all fans of fishing and water birds to help clean up algae and fishing line at the ponds. Check-in at the Tingley Station. The BioPark will provide rakes and water; volunteers are encouraged to bring hats, sunscreen and work gloves.

"We've seen an unusual amount of algae growth this year, and the mats have made fishing difficult," said Kathy Lang, Curator of Tingley Beach. "This green filamentous algae is good for water quality and serves as a fish nursery. But too much algae makes the ponds less fun for humans to use. Algae blooms when we have lots of sunlight and excess nutrients like the waste left behind by the many ducks and geese that live at Tingley. We remove algae every day, but it grows quickly," Lang continued. "We hope that the extra help on Clean-Up Day will help us get ahead of the algae growth. We'll also be able to clean-up litter and fishing line around the ponds."

Tingley Beach hosts three fishing ponds, which are some of the most heavily fished waters in the state of New Mexico. The Clean-Up Day comes just before a stocking of catfish in the Central Pond and Children's Pond for the July 4 holiday. Tingley also hosts a model boat pond at its north end.

In addition to fishing and model boats, Tingley Beach guests can enjoy walking with friends and leashed dogs on nearly 1 mile of paved trails under young cottonwoods, across bridges and next to public art. In summer, guests can rent a pedal boat from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tingley Beach also offers easy access to the biking and hiking trails in the adjacent Rio Grande Bosque (please note the bosque is currently closed due to fire danger). For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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