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More Paw-some Opportunities for ABQ’s Furry Friends and their Families

City announces opening of new mini-dog parks
February 24, 2024

Today, Mayor Tim Keller and the Parks & Recreation Department (PRD) celebrated the opening of seven new dog parks in neighborhoods across the City. These dog parks are smaller than a standard dog park, but they take advantage of unused or underutilized areas within existing parks and City-owned lands.

“As our city continues to grow and evolve, we remain our committed to building quality-of-life projects for folks from all parts of town and their four-legged friends,” said Mayor Keller. “These new dog parks provide more opportunities for our families across Albuquerque to enjoy outdoor spaces.”

The City now has 14 standard dog parks in addition to these seven new “mini” dog parks located at:

  • Bel-Air Park
  • Bennie Hargrove Park
  • Chantilly Park
  • Manzano Mesa Park
  • Montgomery Park
  • Sandia Vista Park
  • West Mesa Aquatic Center

“We have been creative and resourceful with these projects,” said PRD Director Dave Simon.  “This batch of smaller, less costly projects make dog parks accessible to more neighborhoods around the City.”

The first seven “mini dog parks” cost a total of $511,000 for an average of about $73,000 per dog park.

The dog park projects are funded by $2 million included in the City’s FY23 budget. PRD also has more projects  in the works,  including dog parks at Heritage Hills Park, Pat Hurley Park, Phil Chacon Park, Vista del Norte Park, Juan Tabo Hills Park, and Wells Park. The department will also continue to evaluate other potential sites for future dog parks.

To learn more about the City’s dog parks, click here.