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April - June 2012: Volume 13, Issue 2

Spring is a busy time in Open Space. We welcome volunteer support as the weather warms and we prepare for summer. I will give you some headlines of ways you can participate. Don’t forget that the Open Space Alliance rewards volunteers with food and prizes at our cleanup projects. Bring the whole family to these exciting events!

October - December 2010: Volume 11, Issue 4

The City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division is proud to announce the opening of its newest bike trail! Take a ride or a stroll on a new addition to the West Mesa trails network. The Paseo de la Mesa Trail runs from 81st Street (near to the Volcano Cliffs water tanks) up and west almost to Paseo de Volcan.

January - March 2012: Volume 13, Issue 1

In the spring of 2011 the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division (OSD) submitted a project to the “International Awards for Liveable Communities” (LivCom Awards) in Berkshire, England. Albuquerque’s submission was “Glass Gardens” Environmental Restoration and Habitat Enhancement. This year the LivCom Awards committee announced that the City of Albuquerque was one of only a few cities in the United States chosen as a fi nalist for the Project Awards. Congratulations are due to the City’s Open Space Division for receiving this important recognition.

October - December 2011: Volume 12, Issue 4

This year the Open Space Alliance announces a new Board of Directors. They are: President – Sallie McCarthy; Vice-President – Jack Clifford; Secretary – Steve Glass; and Treasurer – Elizabeth Young. I want to thank Steven Hamp for his years of service as President, and we are grateful that he will continue to serve on the board. The board meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Open Space Visitor Center. We welcome your attendance anytime

July - September 2011: Volume 12, Issue 3

After the cold of winter passes and the temperatures slowly increase, so too does the visitation to the City of Albuquerque’s vast Open Space Network. Every year hundreds of volunteers come out to do much-needed work to spruce up the City’s Open Space properties for the summer. The dedication and enthusiasm that these volunteers bring when doing their part to beautify our city never ceases to amaze me.

April-June 2011: Volume 12, Issue 2

As of April we’ve offi cially kicked off our volunteer event season with the month-long Sandia Foothills Open Space Clean Ups! After April, throughout the spring and summer you can get out and help the Open Space Division and enjoy the warm weather at the same time.

January - March 2010: Volume 11, Issue 1

Greetings from the Mayor’s Office! It is an honor to serve you as Mayor of the great city of Albuquerque, home to one of the best Open Space systems in the country and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our family is very active in outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, and we’re so happy that the Open Space Division is here to offer over 29,000 acres of land for our community’s enjoyment.

April-June 2010: Volume 11, Issue 2

In April, the Sandia Foothills Open Space cleanup will kick-off another year of outdoor volunteerism. There is a contagious enthusiasm when you gather early on a Saturday morning with neighbors and fellow trail users to work on projects that will benefit our Major Public Open Space areas.

July - September 2010: Volume 11, Issue 3

As summer approaches we look forward to a prosperous monsoon season. The year started with several storms with the help of the El Niño cycle. Wildfl owers have been in bloom, insects and reptiles are on the move, and larger mammals can be seen as you hike and explore our wonderful Open Space lands.

October - December 2007: Volume 8, Issue 4

The hot days of summer are coming to an end. Cottonwood trees will soon turn golden and flutter in gently blowing breezes. Fall means harvesting summer's gift of green chiles and other New Mexican specialty crops grown with acequia waters. The cool morning air also reminds Albuquerque residents that the colorful hot air ballons will soon fill the skies above the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding Mesas.

April-June 2009: Volume 10, Issue 2

While hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding on one of the numerous trails of the Sandia Foothills Open Space, it’s easy to forget that this beautiful landscape looked quite different in the early days of the Open Space Division.

January - March 2009: Volume 10, Issue 1

In 1984, a new Division was formed within the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Known as the Open Space Division, its employees were charged with the responsibility of protecting and managing environmentally and culturally significant lands in and around the City of Albuquerque.

October - December 2009: Volume 10, Issue 4

A score and five years ago, our city fathers brought forth a new division conceived for everybody and dedicated to the proposition that not all land is created equal. At that time our community was engaged in a great struggle to prevent the loss of its character to the wrecking ball or the bulldozer blade. And while there have been setbacks, the victories were greater and the result has been beyond impressive.

October - December 2008: Volume 9, Issue 4

The Open Space Alliance is proud to be the host for the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center’s 3rd Annual Open Space: A View with Room. This fantastic art show runs through December 11th. All of the art work in the show depicts the many lands being preserved as part of the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space System. The paintings primarily highlight and bring into focus the variety of spaces that are available in the city of Albuquerque.

July - September 2009: Volume 10, Issue 3

Summer is in full swing and visitation to Open Space lands is at an all time high. Not only does the warmer weather increase visitation to Open Space properties, it also brings out the spirit of volunteerism in people as well.

July - September 2008: Volume 9, Issue 3

This spring and summer the Open Space Division hosted three highly successful annual volunteer events that helped to preserve our precious natural resources and public lands. The Spring Cleanups in the Sandia Foothills, National River Cleanup, and National Trails Day each received some of the highest volunteer turnouts we’ve seen for these events since their inception.

January - March 2007: Volume 8, Issue 1

Within Tijeras Canyon exists a crossroads. Not just one for steel and rubber, but one for hoofs and fur. Tijeras Canyon has also been known as one of the worst places in the country for road kill.

July - September 2007: Volume 8, Issue 3

I am a paper cup. I was very useful once, but when I was no longer needed, I was discarded. Not put into a bag with other used items I was merely pitched into the Rio Grande River, just north of the Bosque where I began my lonely and rather hazardous journey. Sink or Swim!

January - March 2008: Volume 9, Issue 1

As I look back on 2007, it’s been one fantastic year. The Alliance continues to be a dedicated advocate for Albuquerque open space, and there have been many accomplishments throughout the year. These successes are attributable to the strong support that was achieved from Open Space Alliance (OSA) members, trail watch volunteers, and the Albuquerque Open Space Division

April - June 2006: Volume 7, Issue 2

As daylight lengthens, thereís restlessness in the air. After the short days of winter, people look forward to being outside, and to the harbingers of spring. Birds that had disappeared at the end of last yearís nesting season begin to reappear.

West Mesa Aquatic Center Special Events

Areas of West Mesa Pool will be closed for special events on the following dates:

  • Nov 17th- Boards closed
  • Nov 18th- Boards closed
  • Dec 2nd- Olympic Closed
  • Jan 13th- Olympic Closed
  • Jan 20th- Olympic Closed
  • Feb 10th- Olympic Closed
  • Feb 11th- Boards closed until 3pm
  • March 1st (after early bird) – March 4th Olympic is closed.  This includes, water aerobics Thursday Night and Friday morning, as well as bird Friday morning
  • March 10th- Olympic is closed

Other Facilities

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please use any of our other facilities this spring!

Tree Installations: Nor Este Park

Estimated time of project will take approximately a month.

The city is installing additional trees to the park. We ask the public to use caution around the planting activity.

Summer Warrior Sports Program to Serve Veterans

Pilot Service Expands to Full Program and Ready for Immediate Signups

ALBUQUERQUE- The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs to offer an exclusive recreation program for our local heroes who have served and are serving our country. 

Transportation from the VA Hospital is available, if needed, at no cost. Services are open to all active and retired military; all levels of physical ability are welcome.

Sports include:

  • Pickleball
  • Badminton
  • Mountain Bike Trips to the Bosque
  • Closed Course Hand Cycling
  • Hiking Trips
  • Tennis
  • Home Run Derby
  • Water Fitness
  • Golf

For more information or to register, call 505-224-6669

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Junior Golf Lessons: Sign up Now!

Golf Center at Balloon Fiesta ParkMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9-10:30am

Golf Center at Balloon Fiesta Park

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9-10:30am

Cost: $60 per week per student

Ages: 8-16

 

Week 1: June 20-22

Week 2: July 11-13

Week 3: July 18-20

Week 4: July 25-27

 

Up to 12 golfers per class.

Instruction will include etiquette, rules, and basic fundamentals.

Instruction by Bob May, PGA Professional

 

Sign up at the Golf Center or call 768-6043

 

View: Permission Form and Waiver

Highland Park Closed for Renovations

Construction work scheduled through February 2017.

From Aug. 8, 2016, to February 2017, Highland Park will be closed for renovations.

Improvements include a larger playground, upgraded site furnishings and lighting, ADA access, a new pedestrian plaza, and updated irrigation.

Project Documents

View these artist renderings for the Highland Park renovation project:

2018 Spring Tennis Programs

Don't miss the 2018 spring tennis programs.

Lesson sign-ups will take place in-person at Jerry Cline & Sierra Vista, but you can save a step by creating your household in the new system before you come in to register.

To create your household, please visit play.cabq.gov and "Create An Account."

Spring Tennis in ABQ

Spring is a great time to learn and compete in tennis. Learn more about our spring tennis programs:


Tennis Lessons: More Information

For more information about tennis lessons, call:

  • Jerry Cline Tennis Facility
    (505) 224-6682
  • Sierra Vista Tennis Center
    (505) 897-8815

2018 Spring Tennis Lessons

Spring tennis lessons for juniors and adults will take place at Jerry Cline and Sierra Vista  Tennis Centers. Registration begins Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Not all skill and age levels are available every hour. Proof of age (birth certificate) is required for children joining 5- to 7-year-old classes.

Classes Offered

  • Red One: Ages 5 to 8.
    Focus is on technique, rallies and athletic development
  • Red Two: Ages 7 to 9.
    Focus is on consistency, placement and play.
  • Orange: Ages 8 to 11.
    Focus is on tactics and recognition skills.
  • Green: Ages 10 to 14.
    Focus is on game play.
  • Yellow (Beginner and Intermediate): Ages 12+.
    Focus is on developing skills for future recreational play.

2018 Spring Tennis Lesson

Tennis Sites Dates Times Cost

Jerry Cline

Lessons are every Saturday, Feb. 3rd through March 17th. 50-minute classes
  • 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.
  • Juniors - $24
  • Adults - $30

Sierra Vista

Lessons are every Saturday, Feb. 3rd through March 17th. 50-minute classes
  • 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • Juniors - $24
  • Adults - $30

Upcoming Tournament Schedule

2018 tournament schedule to be released in early 2018.

Drop-In Tennis League

Drop In Tennis League is an informal, friendly tennis league.

One must have a minimum intermediate skill level to qualify, as determined by the Drop-In Coordinator.

The cost for all Drop-In sessions is $3 per person; tennis balls are provided.

All participants are expected to abide by the full Drop In policy.

Learn more about Drop-In Tennis League.

Volunteers Needed: ABQ Shooting Range Park

Become a valuable member of the Shooting Range Park Team!

The City of Albuquerque Shooting Range Park needs your help!

The Shooting Range Park provides a safe and convenient location for citizens to enjoy shooting sports and to learn the skills of using firearms for recreation, personal protection, and hunting.

Volunteers at this City Park are important members of the Shooting Range Team. Volunteers assist with maintenance, trash pick-up, and safety activities.

Many Opportunities

The Range has a list of activities volunteers may choose from; however, The Range is open to new ideas if volunteers are willing to work on individual projects.

Benefits

Volunteering time and work at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park has benefits: for every 20 hours volunteered, volunteers have the choice of a Trap & Skeet card at half price or a free month on the rifle/pistol range!


More Information

For more information about volunteering at the Shooting Range Park, please call (505) 836-8785.

2016 Fall Tennis Lessons

Sign up for tennis lessons today!

Session Dates

Sessions are held on Saturdays from Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, 2016.

Lesson Schedules

Morning lessons, at Jerry Cline Tennis Facility:

  • 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.

Afternoon lessons, at Sierra Vista Tennis Facility:

  • 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.

Lesson Prices

  • Junior lessons - $18
  • Adult lessons - $24

Register Today

To register for lessons at Jerry Cline, call (505) 224-6682

To register for lessons at Sierra Vista, call (505) 897-8815

Bosque Trail Path Selected: Campbell to Montano

Finalized: trail path from Campbell to Montano.

Following much public input and consideration of various alternatives, the final alignment for the next phase of Bosque trail improvements from Campbell Road to Montano Road has been selected.

Key aspects of the final alignment include protecting sensitive habitats, providing needed access for a wide variety of users from all segments of the population, and discouraging bicycles on established trails within the Rio Grande Nature Center area.

The City of Albuquerque thanks the community for its active engagement in this important project!

Map: Bosque Trail Path

The Bosque Trail path from Campbell to Montano roads.

Map of the planned Bosque Trail path from Campbell Road to Montano Road.

About the Process

During the summer of 2016, the City of Albuquerque conducted bosque hikes and public meetings to obtain comments and input for proposed trail improvements between Campbell Road and Montano Road. The final preferred alignment presented on the map represents the outcome of the process.

Read more about the Rio Grande and Bosque Improvements project.

Closure: Coronado Dog Park

The Coronado Dog Park is closed until early 2017 for renovations.

The Coronado Dog Park is closed until early 2017 for renovations, including adding new lighting, new trees and irrigation improvements. The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience.

Albuquerque Dog Parks

Find another dog park near you.

Participate Today: ABQ Park Pass

Take part in the 2016 adventure at all Albuquerque parks!

Albuquerque is a place where outdoor lovers and active families thrive. Outdoor recreation isn’t just for Summer!

The ABQ Park Pass is a fun way to experience our city Parks this fall.

Visit our numerous park facilities during the month of October and participate in fun activities. There are activities for everyone.

About Park Pass

Visit the Maize Maze at Los Poblanos or take a picture of public art. For the more active, run the stairs at Pat Hurley Park or hike the Foothills. For more of an urbanite activity, find locations where movies or television shows have been filmed. You can have a New York moment while playing chess in Del Sol Park.

This is also a chance to try something new -- pickleball can be played at eight sites throughout the city. Try your hand at bocce ball at North Domingo Baca Park. Of course, there is always Balloon Fiesta and many more fall activities.

It's Your Neighborhood. Your Park, Go Play!

Upcoming Paseo Del Bosque Trail Closure

As part of the overall Campbell Road to Montaño Phase 3 Improvements, the Parks and Recreation Department will renovate the lower Bosque Trail (east side of the Riverside Drain) between Campbell Rd NW and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.

Upcoming Trail Closure

Starts October 17, 2016:

As part of the overall Campbell Road to Montaño Phase 3 Improvements, the Parks and Recreation Department will renovate the lower Bosque Trail (east side of the Riverside Drain) between Campbell Rd NW and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.

The renovation will include new asphalt and striping. This work will also include paving the Bosque access from the western end of Candelaria Road NW to the lower Bosque Trail. The project will result in the closure of the Candelaria Rd NW Bosque access for the duration of the project and a detour route for trail users will be provided. (See image below).

The signed detour route will utilize Trellis Dr NW to Campbell Rd NW. For questions regarding the project please contact Jason Coffey, Parks and Recreation Department, 768-5325 or by email at [email protected].

The project will start on October 17, 2016, with an anticipated completion date by the end of the year.

Download the closure map

 

Parks & Recreation Facility Holiday Hours

Holiday hours for Parks & Recreation Facilities for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years 2016.

Golf and Event Center

  • Nov. 24: Closed
  • Nov. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 24: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Regular Hours)
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: Closed
  • Jan. 2: Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Facility

  • Nov. 24: Closed
  • Nov. 25: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Regular Hours)
  • Dec. 24: 8 a.m. - noon
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Closed
  • Jan. 2: Closed

Sierra Vista West Tennis Complex

  • Nov. 24: Closed
  • Nov. 25: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Regular Hours)
  • Dec. 24: 8 a.m. - noon
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 26: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Closed
  • Jan. 2: Closed

Arroydo del Oso Golf Course

  • Nov. 24: Open 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Open 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Los Altos Golf Course

  • Nov. 24: Open 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ladera Golf Course

  • Nov. 24: Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Puerto Del Sol

  • Nov. 24: Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center

  • Nov. 24: Closed
  • Dec. 24: Closed
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 31: Closed
  • Dec. 26: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Closed

Open Space Visitor Center

  • Nov. 24: Closed

Boca Negra Unit at Petroglyph National Monument

  • Nov. 24: Closed

Shooting Range Park

  • Nov. 24: Closed
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Jan. 1: Closed

Bosque ADA Access Improvements 2016

Bosque ADA Access Improvements 2016

Starting November 28th, 2016 the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department will be constructing ADA improvements along the Paseo del Bosque multi-use trail, near the Rio Grande Nature Center and the Aldo Leopold Trail. The Paseo del Bosque will remain open but there will be traffic control measures in place. The construction is expected to last through 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Affected Area Map

Parks & Recreation Winter Modifications

Parks winterized for the season.

Winter Facility Modifications

With the winter season upon us, the City of Albuquerque Parks Management Department has completed the necessary winter modifications to some of our facilities.

Modifications Include

  • Water has been shut off to all drinking fountains and all water access points in dog parks
  • Bathrooms at athletic facilities have been winterized and closed for the season

Contact Information

Please contact Candace Hopkins with the Parks & Recreation Department with any questions. She can be reached at [email protected] or (505) 382-8721.

 

Villela Park Renovations

Renovations will begin at Villela Park on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Villela Park will undergo renovations from Monday, February 6, 2017 with an estimated finish date sometime in April, 2017. The eastern section of the park, including the basketball and tennis courts, will be closed. The field and playground will remain open. Please call Parks & Recreation with any questions at (505) 768-5353.

Be a Better Golfer at Puerto del Sol

Puerto del Sol Golf Course is home to Golf Digest's "Top Teacher in New Mexico," Todd Kersting.

Special Winter Rates

Take advantage of these special winter rates. Call or text (505) 362-4148 and mention code "CABQ".

Individual Lessons

Special winter golf lesson rates:

  • Junior - $35
  • Adult - $45

Lessons include free club fitting analysis.

Group Classes

Group classes now forming for Saturdays.

Rates: $90 per person for three sessions.

Range balls and rental clubs included.

Want to learn golf from one of the best in the Southwest? Consider Puerto del Sol's own PGA instructor Todd Kersting.

About Kersting

  • 12-time Golf Digest Top Teacher in New Mexico
  • Feature contributor for Golf Digest, "How to Break 100,90,80."
  • One of the four founding Best in State Teachers in the country to test golf clubs for the annual Golf Digest Hot List Issue.
  • Golf Digest Top Teachers' Most Improved Student
  • Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Region
  • Golf Channel video shown nationally to celebrate PGA of America Centennial Celebration
  • Various other Sun Country Section Awards including Top Teacher in NM/ Jr. Golf Leader/ and Top Player Development.
  • Featured in Golf Digest video for Best in State Golf Tips

Golf Tips Video: PGA Instructor Todd Kersting

Bike to Work Day 2017

Gear up for Albuquerque's Bike to Work Day!

Switch gears for Albuquerque's Bike to Work Day this May 19, 2017.

Bike to Work Day

While planning your route to work, considering stopping at any of the Bike to Work Stops for coffee, food, T-shirts, and fun cycle gear.

Bring a buddy with you to a cycle stop and receive a prize and an entry into a raffle to win a private aquarium tour, courtesy of the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

Map: Bike to Work Day Stops

Participating Stops

6:30 am-8:30 am

  • Downtown: Civic Plaza
  • UNM: North Diversion Channel Trail & Tucker
  • I-25 Bridge & Bear Canyon Arroyo Trail
  • Erna Fergusson Library: Paseo del Nordeste Trail & San Mateo
  • Journal Center Rail Runner Station: Paseo del Norte Trail and Edith
  • Uptown Transit Center: Americas Parkway & Indiana
  • Westside: Montano Rd & Winterhaven Rd, Pueblo Montano Park
  • Gail Ryba Bridge: I-40 & Bosque Trail
  • Bio Park: Tingley Beach and Bosque Trail
  • Int'l District: Sandia Labs/KAFB/VA Hospital (Truman at Ridgecrest) (Thursday, May 18)
  • Dolores Huerta Park: Bridge Blvd & Isleta Blvd
  • Wyoming Blvd & South Domingo Baca Trail
  • Montgomery Blvd and Tramway Trail
  • Rio Rancho - Haynes Park - NM 528 and 21st Ave SE (Across from Intel)
  • Rio Rancho - Presbyterian Rust Medical Center - Unser and Wellspring
  • Rio Rancho - Aquatic Center - 745 Loma Colorado

Bicycle & Roadway Safety

Whenever riding a bicycle, observe these safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Share the road. Look out for each other.
  • Before riding out of a driveway into the street, stop. Look left, then right, and then left again for traffic.
  • Ride on the right side of the street, with the flow of traffic.
  • Stop at all stop signs and look left, right, and left again for traffic.
  • Use reflectors and bicycle lights. They are required for night riding.

Learn more about bicycling in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque & Bicycling

Albuquerque is consistently ranked among the top U.S. cities for bicycling.

"Albuquerque features over 500 combined miles of on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use trails," said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. "We will continue to be a bike-friendly city by supporting events such as Bike to Work Day."

In 2016, more than 1,000 cyclists participated in Albuquerque's Bike to Work Day.

Cycle Commuting

Bike to Work Day also brings awareness to multimodal transportation where you can combine mass transit such as the Rail Runner and ABQ RIDE with your cycle-commute.

Always Improving

The Department of Municipal Development is constantly developing plans to improve roadways and pedestrian accessibility.

Learn more about Albuquerque's featured projects.