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City/UNM Plant Final Tree at UNM’s Tight Grove

Re-design of University/Central Part of ART Project

On Monday, April 10, 2017, The City of Albuquerque leadership, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) team and University of New Mexico Acting President Chaouki T. Abdallah, threw dirt on the final tree as the historic Tight Grove (at the northeast corner of University & Central) reopened. As part of the ART project, the area was redesigned and will be home to the University Station, anticipated to be one of the busiest stations, when ART opens later this year.

Tight Grove is named after UNM’s third president William G. Tight. Under his leadership, he planted 30 evergreen trees (which are still there today) in what became Tight Grove.

“Tight Grove is a testament to President Tight’s vision and dogged belief that this place would grow to become the nationally recognized university that it is today,” said Acting President Chaouki T. Abdallah. “With the redesigned wall and new trees and foliage, the renovated Tight Grove is something he would be proud of.”

ART via the University and Cornell stations will give students and faculty another way to get to and from the university and avoid some of the parking challenges many face.

“The ART team worked diligently to design a project that honored the unique aesthetic of each neighborhood while creating beautiful cohesive landscaping that stretches across the city,” commented Mayor Richard Berry. “This station pays homage to our flagship university, establishing an iconic gateway to the campus with easier access for students, facility and visitors to take part in our Lobo pride.”

ART is on schedule to open later this year. For more information, go to or call 505-398-4ART (4278).

Officials from the City of Albuquerque, University of New Mexico, contractor Bradbury Stamm and other contractors put in the first shovels full of dirt on the tree planting at UNM's venerable Tight Grove.