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Getting ‘Pumped’ for City’s First BMX Pump Track

Phase 2 of Los Altos park construction begins, new amenities announced.
May 20, 2024

Today, Mayor Keller, the Parks & Recreation Department (PRD), the Department of Municipal Development (DMD), along with local lawmakers, and the community celebrated the much-anticipated start of construction on Phase 2 the Los Altos Park renovation. This phase will include Albuquerque’s first BMX pump track, capable of hosting regional and national competitions. Other improvements include a dog park; completion of the central pedestrian walkway; road and access upgrades; landscaping; and other improvements

“The new BMX facilities coming to Albuquerque show that we are on track to attracting new regional and national sporting events,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The transformation happening now at Los Altos makes our city an even better destination for local families and visitors alike.”

The BMX pump track will be the first of its kind in Albuquerque. It will be suitable for hosting regional and national competitions, further expanding opportunities for sports tourism at Los Altos Park. But it will also be a great year-round facility for local families.

“The pump track will revitalize an underutilized area and create a dynamic space for biking, scootering, and skateboarding,” said Kalvin Davis, local pro BMX rider. “Together with our existing dirt track BMX facility, the pump track will further elevate Albuquerque’s national status in BMX.”

“I’m sure that the new generation of kids coming up will be excited about the BMX track,” said Lynne Martin, the president of the Indian Moon Neighborhood Association. “When my kids were growing up, the streets and front yards were their homemade tracks.”

The pump track will be located on land owned by the New Mexico Department of Transportation as part of a partnership with PRD.

“Los Altos Park will be a premiere center for all kinds of activities,” said City Councilor Tammy Fiebelkorn. “We are already seeing record levels of visitors to the park with the completion of Phase I and I’m proud to have this world-class facility here in District 7!”

“Our community is very excited and grateful for the overhaul of Los Altos Park,” said State Senator Mimi Stewart. “So many of us use this great resource in the middle of the City and I’m grateful to the City for the good infrastructure that has been developed in the park already.”

The City will also build a new dog park located south of the pump track to replace the former dog park, which was located at the park’s southeast corner. The “spine” or concrete walking path will connect the softball complex to the pool, skate park, dog park, Garden Center, and BMX pump track.

“We’re adding in new features for the community to enjoy and tying it all together,” said PRD Director Dave Simon. “We hope the community is pumped for completion of Phase 2!”

This project is expected to be complete in just over a year. During this time, the pedestrian bridge over I-40 at Los Altos will remain closed.

This project is investing $10 million from City funds as well as state capital outlay funds into Los Altos Park. The Phase 1 renovations at Los Altos were completed in July 2023 and involved a complete redesign of the park’s softball fields, parking, and vehicle and pedestrian access.