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Open Space Summer Series Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend

Sunset Series at Elena Gallegos and Sunday hikes return for another fun summer

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department continues its celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Open Space Division with the kickoff of the 2019 Open Space Summer Series. Beginning Saturday, May 25 and continuing through August 25, the Open Space Division will host a fantastic lineup of musical performances, educational discussions, and recreational opportunities at Open Space properties all around Albuquerque.

The first event on the calendar is the Rex Funk Experience this Saturday at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter. Rex Funk was the first-ever Open Space Superintendent, and he will delight the crowd with campfire tales of major milestones achieved throughout the 35 years of the Open Space Division.

“We have a fantastic schedule lined up for this year’s Open Space Summer Series,” stated Open Space Superintendent Colleen McRoberts. “This is a wonderful time of year to get out and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of our public lands. We hope everyone will take the opportunity to join us in celebration of our 35th anniversary.”

The Saturday Sunset Series will once again be hosted at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater as well as the Kiwanis Shelter. This popular series features talks, demonstrations, and shows by some of Albuquerque’s top speakers, educators, and performers. All programs start at 7:00 p.m. (with one exception on June 1, which will begin at 3:00 p.m.). Folks are invited to come enjoy learning from Kyle Bality of the Open Space Division about the importance and sustainability of our trail system, enjoy the sounds of the Sol Calypso Steel Drum and Marimba Band, and listen to stories and music from Eileen Shaughnessy, among many other great opportunities.

On Sundays, Open Space staff and their partners will lead a variety of hikes and hands-on activities. Knowledgeable guides and community members will lead explorations and offer demonstrations in an assortment of field specialties. People are invited to hike the San Antonito Open Space, learn wilderness first aid, and participate in a day of mindfulness and nature. Site locations and times for Sunday activities will vary. Sunday events do require registration, which can be completed at play.cabq.gov. For each event, there will be two registration options – with transportation or meet at the trailhead.

More information and a full list of events can be found online at www.cabq.gov/openspace.