New Park in Southwest Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE- Sierra Sunset Park will be the newest addition to the City of Albuquerque parks system. Located west of 98th St. south of Gibson, the new park brings much-needed recreational space for families in Southwest Albuquerque, an area that is rapidly growing. “The new park will benefit the Southwest Mesa community and their quality of life,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “We anticipate this new addition to be heavily used.”

This 6.8-acre-park boasts two new innovative playgrounds for two sets of age groups (2-5yrs. old and 5-12yrs. old). Designers integrated trees, shrubs with traditional playground equipment to create natural shade and a new playing experience for our children. There is also a large open grass area (4.8 acres) for practices and games, a walkway, picnic tables and a whopping 280 new trees. Like many Albuquerque parks, Sierra Sunset also functions as a basin for catching storm water after large rains.

The basin is a surge pond, so if a storm drainage system backs up it will pool into the pond. This is a good example of how the city can jointly use park facilities for recreation and storm water management, keeping clean water on-site to infiltrate back into the into the aquifer. “This park has been a long time coming for the residents in District 3″, said City Councilor Klarissa Peña. It brings much-needed recreational space for the families on the Southwest Mesa. ” We remind dog owners to clean up their pets at all parks and open spaces, especially in areas being utilized for storm drainage.

Additional Information: Design Consultant: Morrow, Reardon, Wilkinson, & Miller Ltd – Greg Miller and Aaron Treviso Contractor: Lee Landscapes Construction Management: DMD Park Construction Division Cost: $1,329,637 Funding type: 2013 GO Bond

Jen Samp Marketing Manager/Public Information Officer City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department

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