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District Eight City Parks Get Major Improvements

Upgrades at High Desert Park, Lynnewood Park feature new playgrounds, sport facilities, amenities, and increased accessibility

Apr. 28, 2022

Today, the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department cut the ribbon on a beautiful new playground at High Desert Park. In addition, a major renovation of Lynnewood Park is nearing completion right in time for the busy Spring and Summer seasons in the parks.

“People are spending more time outside and we’re delighted to have a playground with all new equipment at High Desert for families to enjoy,” said Trudy Jones, City Councilor, District Eight. “The Lynnewood Park renovation is also fantastic. We’re grateful for the hard work that Parks and Recreation put forth to see these projects come to fruition.”

“Parks make life better and with these projects, life just got better in Albuquerque,” said Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation Department.  “The fantastic support from Councilor Jones and state elected officials was key to the success of these projects.”

The High Desert Park project was initiated by Councilor Jones and shaped by discussions with the community. The project features new playground equipment and surfacing, and increased accessibility. The $251,788 project was funded by contributions from Councilor Jones in addition to state capital outlay funds allocated by State Representative Bill Rehm and former State Senator William Payne.  

“The City's recent upgrade of High Desert Park is greatly appreciated by our community,” said Lynnette Rodriguez, High Desert Community Manager. “The park is a wonderful asset to the area and one that will be used for years to come.

Lynnewood Park has received a major renovation over the past 18 months, including a complete irrigation renovation, new playground equipment, resurfaced basketball and tennis courts (which include striping for pickleball), addition of a perimeter path for increased accessibility, safety improvements (including handrails and pathways), and new site furnishings including picnic tables and benches. The $706,883 Lynnewood Park project was funded with City General Obligation Bond funds allocated by Councilor Jones along with state capital outlay funds allocated by former State Representative Melanie Stansbury.

The City has many other park projects that are nearing completion later this year. For more information about City parks, where to find them, and to stay updated on park projects visit