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Parks and Recreation Announces One ABQ Challenge Service Events

Events will connect youth and elders in service to Albuquerque

The City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department today announced multiple One ABQ Challenge service events that will take place throughout the month of August. The citywide service challenge issued by Mayor Tim Keller celebrates community members and organizations who are working to make a difference in communities across the city. The Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an open space hike and trail clean-up, a clean-up at the Wilson Tennis Courts, and weekly service events at the Puerto del Sol Golf Course to connect seniors and youth while also honoring New Mexico’s active duty military and first responders.

“The Parks and Recreation Department is stepping up and taking on Mayor Keller’s challenge to bring kids and seniors together in service to our City,” stated Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We have some tremendous opportunities for folks to join us and demonstrate that we truly are One Albuquerque. We invite everyone across the city to find a service opportunity this month, and let’s move our city forward together.”

One ABQ Challenge Service Opportunities with Parks and Recreation:

  • Open Space Hike & Trail Clean-Up: The Open Space Division is teaming up with the Department of Senior Affairs and the Family and Community Services Department to bring together youth and elders for a hike and clean-up along the Bosque trails. The service event will take place Wednesday, August 22 at 2:30 p.m. beginning at the northeast corner of the Central Avenue bridge at the Bosque. Please call Bill Pentler at 505-452-5222 for more information.
  • Wilson Tennis Courts Clean-Up: The Department’s Recreation Division is calling all tennis players and community members alike to join a clean-up effort at the Wilson Tennis Courts on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. Volunteers will be cleaning up trash and weeds in and around the courts as well as completing some general maintenance to the courts themselves. Following the clean-up, Parks and Recreation staff will lead the volunteers in some fun and games on the court. For more information, email Nicholas Romero at [email protected].
  • Connecting Community through Golf: The Puerto del Sol Golf Course is holding weekly service events on Wednesday evenings (August 15, 22, and 29) at 6 p.m. Coach Todd Kersting is inviting kids and seniors to the course for an hour of FREE instruction to help create future ambassadors for the game of golf. Following the free lesson, volunteers write thank you notes and sign cards to New Mexico active duty military and first responders. Interested volunteers can contact Coach Kersting at 505-362-4148 or [email protected].

The One ABQ Challenge is part of Mayor Keller’s goal to turn government inside out and get the community involved in solving some of the City’s toughest challenges while promoting the things that make Albuquerque special. The challenge seeks to engage the entire community in service by encouraging everyone to either organize a project, inform and get others involved, or contribute to organizations who are working to connect youth and elders.

Everyone is encouraged to visit to learn more about the One ABQ Challenge and join a project.