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Information about Parks and Recreation in Albuquerque.




Want to use a park for an event? Please visit the Park Use and Rental page first!


Our Mission

  • Protect, plan, enhance, and maintain a Parks, Major Public Open Space, and Trails System that gives Albuquerque its sense of place.
  • Promote economic development and tourism by continuing to provide quality, affordable facilities and programs (e.g. Golf, Recreation, Swimming Pools, Parks, Open Space, Balloon Fiesta Park, Shooting Range, and Sporting Events).
  • Assure quality educational programs for youth to encourage positive behavior towards a conservation ethic and therefore combat "Nature Deficit Disorder."
  • Provide quality recreation programs to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for all ages.
  • Encourage and develop a healthy and safe work environment, ethical management practices, and a spirit of teamwork for all Parks and Recreation employees.

    Parks and Recreation News

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    Bosque Walk Through:


    The Albuquerque Open Space Division will host two hikes on two consecutive Saturdays this month to look at existing recreation trails in the Bosque from Central Avenue north to I-40.

    Open Space is seeking input, ideas, and suggestions for managing current and future trail uses in the area.

    This first hike, January 17 (9 a.m. - Noon),  is expected to cover the southern half of the Central to I-40 area. The second hike, January 24 (9a.m. - Noon), is expected to cover the northern half. Public input and suggestions about recreation management in the Bosque is important for future planning. We will consider more hikes as the demand for them grows. Hikes are limited to 20 participants, so please sign up by contacting Dr. Matt Schmader: mschmader@cabq.gov or 505/452-5214

    Meeting Place(s):

    January 17 : Bosque access parking lot at Central NE (west of Tingley entrance to Aquarium/Botanical Garden) Nearest physical address, 3012 Central NW

    January24 :  Bosque access parking lot at the end of Gabaldon Place (north of I-40 off of Gabaldon Road) Nearest physical address, 3842 Gabaldon Place NW


    Draft Environmental Monitoring Report Released for Public Review and Comment: Click Here


    Upcoming Events

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      Find a park near you!

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      Get the App!

      Albuquerque residents and visitors can easily find city parks that have their favorite features available, such as playgrounds and tennis courts.

      Find the nearest dog park, swimming pool, or jogging path.

      Curious to know how many parking spaces or picnic tables are available at a given park? This app will tell you.

      Learn more about the park app.




      Shooting Range Park


      Esperanza Community Bike Shop (Bike Safety Classes, Earn-A-Bike, and more!)


      Bicycle Trail Guides - Learn more here!

      caption:Image of the authors of the Bike Trails Guides, "Lance, Kathy and Marshall."

      Read about these vast and diverse trails that wind their way in and out of the lives of everyday people.

      Ride along with our authors as they explore little known historic treasures at the University of New Mexico and marvel at the "Darth Vader" Building and "Frito Lay" Tree.

      These guides are a must for any bicyclist or trail user.

      The authors of the guide and the Parks and Recreation Department encourage all trail users to respect every trail user, regardless of activity. Thank you!

      New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park

      Learn more about the N.M. Veterans Memorial.

      Rio Grande Vision

      The Rio Grande Vision (RGV) is about connecting Albuquerque to the river, while protecting the spectacular amenity and resource that flows through the heart of our community. The City hired Dekker/Perich/SabatiniLeaving www.cabq.gov, click for disclaimer and their team of planners, engineers, designers, scientists, and economists to evaluate conditions, reach out to the community, and develop concepts that will protect the Rio Grande while making it an integral part of our lives. Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Vision is about connecting Albuquerque to the river, protecting the spectacular amenity and resource that flows through the heart of our community, and exciting people with new ways to enjoy this hidden ecological jewel. The Rio Grande Vision is a conceptual plan, not a blueprint. The visioning process took place from August 2012 to August 2013 and is now complete.

      Read more about the Rio Grande Improvements

      Prescription Trails

      The New Mexico Prescription Trails website will help you find some of the best park and trail walking and wheelchair rolling paths in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County's South Valley, Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe.

      • These maps will help you find walking routes near your home, work, or school.
      • Maps with information about each walking route are organized by zip code or city.
      • Maps within a zip code are then organized alphabetically.
      • The current recommended physical activity guidelines are that adults should
        do at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise (like walking).
      • Breaking up the period into 10 to 15 minute segments works fine!
      • It is never too late to get up and get moving.
      • Click the logo or visit http://prescriptiontrailsnm.org/index/index.shtm.



      Boards, Committees, and Commissions

      Interested in joining our citizen-powered boards or committees? Check our Boards and Committees Page!


      Facilities and Places to Go


      Albuquerque has more than 250 parks. To contact Park Management directly during business hours, please call (505) 857-8650. After business hours, contact 311.

      Find a park near you.


      Albuquerque is loaded with outstanding recreation opportunities. To contact the Recreation administrative staff, please call 768-5353.

      Make plans today for the activity of your choosing.

      Open Space

      These lands, which are comprised of more than 28,000 acres in and around Albuquerque, are managed to conserve natural and archaeological resources, provide opportunities for outdoor education, provide a place for recreation, and define the edges of the urban environment. To contact the Open Space Division, please call (505) 452-5200.

      Learn more Open Space Lands

      Shooting Range

      The Shooting Range Park provides a safe and convenient location for citizens to enjoy shooting sports and learn the skills of using firearms for personal protection and hunting. To contact the Shooting Range, please call (505) 836-8785.

      Learn more about the Shooting Range.



      Swimming Lessons and Teams

      Children ages 5 to 14 are eligible for the Metro Aquatic League, a swimming and water polo league hosted by the City of Albuquerque. To contact the Aquatics Division about leagues and lessons, please call (505) 836-8718 or email nalopez@cabq.gov

      Junior Golf Program

      Various golf courses offer junior golf programs. Call (505) 362-4148.

      Learn more about the Junior Golf Program.

      Parks Programs

      Become a volunteer for Albuquerque parks and maintain streetscapes and parks, or plant new trees. To contact the Volunteer Project Coordinator, please call (505) 857-8650.

      Open Space Programs

      Open Space is host to endless opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. From volunteer opportunities to beekeeping, check out our programs now. To contact Open Space, please call (505) 452-5200.


      Report Park Problems

      To report problems in City of Albuquerque Parks, please call 311.

      To contact Park Management directly, please call (505) 857-8650.

      Reporting Dead Trees

      Please keep this in mind when reporting dead trees:

      If the trees are in a median or park, please call 311.

      If the trees are on the side of a street, the adjacent business/property owner is responsible.

      If the trees are on private property (such as in a yard or fenced-in area), the property owner is responsible.

      Learn more about trees.

      Bosque Wild

      A guided walk through Albuquerque's Riverside Forest.

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      Poetry Reading, Open Mic

      A poetry reading to accompnay the Book of Cranes Art Exhibit

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      The Plight of Urban Trees: Tree Care in Southwest Urban Environments

      Joran Viers, City of Albuquerque Forester, will discuss the needs of trees in our Southwest urban environment and choosing appropriate species for space and conditions.

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      Piedras Marcadas Pueblo Tour and Talk

      A walk with City Archaeologist Matt Schmader and a tour of one of Albuquerque's most significant archaeological sites.

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