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Landscaping Improvements Complete Along Section of Tramway Blvd

New native vegetation creates important habitat for pollinators

Today, the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, City Councilor Don Harris and Former State Representative Abbas Akhil celebrated the completion of a landscaping improvement project along the multi-use paved trail that runs along Tramway Boulevard near Indian School Road.

 

The landscaping area around this section of the popular trail had deteriorated due to a variety of impacts.  The City invested almost $900,000 in funding from the City Council and the State of New Mexico to restore and improve the landscaping adjacent to the trail.

“Trails are great for Albuquerque, said Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “This project adds beauty to our City, but investing in trails also enhances our community’s quality-of-life, encourages folks to make healthy choices and addresses the Administration’s commitment to sustainable outdoor spaces for every Burqueño.”

The landscaping was specifically designed for Albuquerque’s high-desert climate – featuring water harvesting areas and colorful, drought-tolerant plants. Wire mesh was also installed two feet below the surface to prevent prairie dogs from returning to the area. Signs along the route aim to educate the public about the benefits of planting native vegetation, prairie dogs and pollinators. New benches were also installed near the trail.

"It's easy to think a landscaping project isn't a big deal but in some cases the problems run deeper than aesthetics,” said City Councilor Don Harris. I believe Albuquerque is a great City because of the devotion of neighborhoods who have concerns and work in tandem with their elected officials to make improvements."

Pending further funding, this project may serve as a pilot program for future landscape improvement projects along the Tramway corridor.