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Neighborhood Park Activate Program Accepting Applications

Initiative provides funding to bring arts, culture and educational events to City parks

Announced last year, but put on pause due to the pandemic, the City of Albuquerque Neighborhood Park Activate program is accepting applications once again. Through this initiative, the City provides funding to neighborhood associations, community groups, educational institutions, and other non-profit organizations to bring community-led arts, culture, education and recreation programs to City parks.

“We know that active parks are safe parks,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “That’s why we are giving folks the tools to create fantastic events for their communities.”

“We love to see parks full of activity,” said Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Busy parks mean safer, thriving parks. The City seeks partners to help create community-driven success.”

“City parks offer a great space for communities to come together,” said Director of Arts and Culture, Dr. Shelle Sanchez. “We can’t wait to get this program off the ground.”

Under the Neighborhood Park Activate program, the City's Parks & Recreation and Arts and Culture departments will provide sponsorships to Neighborhood Park Activate organizers who offer a solid plan for small- to medium-size, free public programs in a City park - such as a community picnic, performing arts event, sports/recreation day, movie night, or other art/cultural event.

Organizations can apply for a sponsorship to enhance or expand existing programs/events or to help launch new opportunities.

Funds are available for Park Activate programs between July 1st, 2021 and June 30, 2022 and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The City requests lead time of at least 90 days prior to an event for project review and planning.

To apply for funding, organizations should visit: https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/neighborhood-park-activate