Park News

Announcements, park closures, or construction from Albuquerque Parks.

The Open Space News, January-March 2017

The winter edition of the Open Space Newsletter. Our superintendent, Dr. Schmader, retires, volunteer opportunities, upcoming Visitor Center events, photos around Open Space land, and, of course, the Duende Onion!

The Open Space News, October-December 2015

The Open Space Newsletter fall edition. A farewell to Jodi Hedderig, Open Space Visitor Center fall calendar of events, information about the art exhibit PARCH and more! Plus, the ever popular Duende's Onion!

October - December 2014: Volume 15, Issue 4

Tony Barron, Assistant Open Space Superintendent, started working for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department on November 15th, 1982. He will be retiring this fall. Here, Tony recounts some of his early experiences at the Open Space Division.

October - December 2013: Volume 14, Issue 4

It’s hard to believe that summer is just about over and fall is creeping upon us. Once again we made it through fire closures and drought followed by over three inches of rain in July, with an epic storm blasting 90MPH winds. El Duende’s Pulaski needs a good sharpening after having to deal with all those trees and branches that were blocking our bosque trails.

July - September 2013: Volume 14, Issue 3

While closures are in effect, the City and the Open Space Division strive to provide our citizens with recreationalopportunities throughout the year. The Open Space Summer Series (details on page 7) continues through August and offers many chances to enjoy the outdoors and some of the best music, entertainmentand speakers in Albuquerque.

April - June 2012: Volume 13, Issue 2

Spring is a busy time in Open Space. We welcome volunteer support as the weather warms and we prepare for summer. I will give you some headlines of ways you can participate. Don’t forget that the Open Space Alliance rewards volunteers with food and prizes at our cleanup projects. Bring the whole family to these exciting events!

January - March 2012: Volume 13, Issue 1

In the spring of 2011 the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division (OSD) submitted a project to the “International Awards for Liveable Communities” (LivCom Awards) in Berkshire, England. Albuquerque’s submission was “Glass Gardens” Environmental Restoration and Habitat Enhancement. This year the LivCom Awards committee announced that the City of Albuquerque was one of only a few cities in the United States chosen as a fi nalist for the Project Awards. Congratulations are due to the City’s Open Space Division for receiving this important recognition.

October - December 2011: Volume 12, Issue 4

This year the Open Space Alliance announces a new Board of Directors. They are: President – Sallie McCarthy; Vice-President – Jack Clifford; Secretary – Steve Glass; and Treasurer – Elizabeth Young. I want to thank Steven Hamp for his years of service as President, and we are grateful that he will continue to serve on the board. The board meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Open Space Visitor Center. We welcome your attendance anytime

July - September 2011: Volume 12, Issue 3

After the cold of winter passes and the temperatures slowly increase, so too does the visitation to the City of Albuquerque’s vast Open Space Network. Every year hundreds of volunteers come out to do much-needed work to spruce up the City’s Open Space properties for the summer. The dedication and enthusiasm that these volunteers bring when doing their part to beautify our city never ceases to amaze me.

April-June 2011: Volume 12, Issue 2

As of April we’ve offi cially kicked off our volunteer event season with the month-long Sandia Foothills Open Space Clean Ups! After April, throughout the spring and summer you can get out and help the Open Space Division and enjoy the warm weather at the same time.

October - December 2010: Volume 11, Issue 4

The City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division is proud to announce the opening of its newest bike trail! Take a ride or a stroll on a new addition to the West Mesa trails network. The Paseo de la Mesa Trail runs from 81st Street (near to the Volcano Cliffs water tanks) up and west almost to Paseo de Volcan.

July - September 2010: Volume 11, Issue 3

As summer approaches we look forward to a prosperous monsoon season. The year started with several storms with the help of the El Niño cycle. Wildfl owers have been in bloom, insects and reptiles are on the move, and larger mammals can be seen as you hike and explore our wonderful Open Space lands.

April-June 2010: Volume 11, Issue 2

In April, the Sandia Foothills Open Space cleanupwill kick-off another year of outdoor volunteerism. There is a contagious enthusiasm when you gather early on a Saturday morning with neighbors and fellow trail users to work on projects that will benefit our Major Public Open Space areas.

January - March 2010: Volume 11, Issue 1

Greetings from the Mayor’s Office! It is an honor to serve you as Mayor of thegreat city of Albuquerque, home to one of the best Open Space systems in thecountry and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our family is veryactive in outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, and we’re so happy thatthe Open Space Division is here to offer over 29,000 acres of land for ourcommunity’s enjoyment.

October - December 2009: Volume 10, Issue 4

A score and five years ago, our city fathers brought forth a new divisionconceived for everybody and dedicated to the proposition that not allland is created equal. At that time our community was engaged in agreat struggle to prevent the loss of its character to the wrecking ball orthe bulldozer blade. And while there have been setbacks, the victorieswere greater and the result has been beyond impressive.

July - September 2009: Volume 10, Issue 3

Summer is in full swing and visitation to Open Spacelands is at an all time high. Not only does the warmerweather increase visitation to Open Space properties, italso brings out the spirit of volunteerism in people aswell.