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100 Largest Cities: Albuquerque


Tricentennial Park Panorama

We’re profiling some of the 100 Largest Cities for parks that are featured in both City Park Facts, 2017 edition which will be available on April 19 at tpl.org and ParkScore, the ranking of parks systems from 1 to 100 for these cities on May 24th.


Neighborhood Park, between Old Town and Downtown

We recently had the opportunity to visit Albuquerque for a day while on a trip meeting with our GIS/Planning team in nearby Santa Fe. In the 2016 (and current) edition of ParkScore, Albuquerque is tied for 20th place with Denver.


Old Town Plaza


Bosque Trail along the Rio Grande River


Bosque Trail signage

With a population of 557,169 and a total land area of 120,147 acres, parks occupy over 18,633 of those acres with city park land joined by lands owned by National Park Service as well as Bernanillo County.  In terms of a 10-minute walk, 82% of Albuquerque residents live within a 10-minute walk, which ranks them 23rd in terms of that specific score.


Exercise Equipment Trail, Tricentennial Park

Parks vary in size and shape, from the first park in the city, Robertson Park to Open Space with paved trails running alongside and through the flood plain of the mighty Rio Grande River.


Oldest City Park, Robinson, Downtown

For further information about parks in Albuquerque, visit the City Parks Department. The City Parks volunteer program is here and Open Space volunteering information can be found here. Bernalillo County Parks information is here.  Park volunteers donated over 29,716 hours in Albuquerque in the most recent reporting year.


One of the drainages alongside the path.


Crossing over a broader stream into the floodplain of the Rio Grande.


The edge of the mighty Rio Grande River

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