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Bringing the river into our daily lives.


Rio Grande Vision

The Rio Grande Vision (RGV) is about connecting Albuquerque to the river, while protecting the spectacular amenity and resource that flows through the heart of our community. The City hired Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and their team of planners, engineers, designers, scientists, and economists to evaluate conditions, reach out to the community, and develop concepts that will protect the Rio Grande while making it an integral part of our lives.

The purpose of the visioning process was to consider ideas for the future of the Rio Grande corridor and the Rio Grande Valley State Park. The RGV is full of ideas and concepts; it is not a blueprint for individual projects. The visioning process took place from August 2012 to August 2013.

The Rio Grande Vision is a conceptual visioning document and is now complete.

Rio Grande Vision Documents


Rio Grande Valley State Park Improvements

The future Rio Grande Valley State Park (RGVSP) Improvements, will include environmental monitoring, Bosque restoration, planning, design and construction from the Central Avenue bridge to I-40. Approximately $2.9 million has been allocated for these improvements.

Primary goals of the project include:

  • Connect people to the Rio Grande & Bosque through recreation, education, stewardship and other quality of life opportunities.
  • Protect the Bosque through restoration and conservation projects.
  • Excite people with new ways to enjoy this wonderful natural resource.

The City is committed to development of projects that will align with the Bosque Action Plan, which is an approved plan adopted in 1993 and was developed to guide management of resource and wildlife protection, recreation and education.

Proposed improvements

Project concepts include, but are not limited to, habitat restoration, improved access, better parking, signage, ADA access, kayak and paddle board access, education and interpretive signage.

Environmental Monitoring

The City hired SWCA Environmental Consultants to conduct environmental monitoring in the project area. This work began in September of 2013 and will continue into 2014 and will set the stage for more detailed design so that a quality dialogue with the public can occur.

Project Status

The project is currently in the design phase. There will be opportunities for public involvement as the project progresses.


Educational Forums (March to June, 2014)

Rio Grande Bosque Educational Forums

The City is teaming up with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science,  Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Bosque Ecological Monitoring Program and the University of New Mexico to host a series of panel discussions regarding the past, present and future of the Rio Grande, the Bosque, and Rio Grande Valley State Park. The forums will be held the first Tuesday of the month from March to June at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.  Event Information

To view the poster with more information about the topics and speakers, please visit www.abqriograndebosque.com/events/

View the video presentations from the Educational Forums.


Learn More

Please see the new Rio Grande Valley State Park Improvements website for event and schedule information.

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