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Gutierrez Hubbell House Offers Suffrage Exhibit

BernCo Open Space invites scavenger hunters to find posters describing the women’s suffrage movement, located throughout the county.
votes for women, a portrait of persistence

Bernalillo County Open Space Etiquette

Join Bernalillo County Open Space coordinator Adam Splitek and parks resource specialist Dustin Chavez-Davis as they explain open space etiquette in these COVID-19 times.
bernalillo county open space hours: dawn to dusk

BernCo Commission Approves Construction Project at Carlito Springs

Bernalillo County commissioners have approved $1.4 million for phase two of construction at Carlito Springs in the East Mountains.
carlito springs

All Open Space Events, Programs and Meetings Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Health Emergency

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all programs, events, and meetings on Open Space properties are canceled through May 1, 2020.
open space tree

 

Open Space Overview

Bernalillo County Open Space provides a wide array of venues for individuals, families, and groups to enjoy our amazing scenery through biking, hiking, picnics, educational programs, farming and more throughout the managing and stewarding of 17 properties totaling approximately 1148 acres. The County has also had a key role in partnering for the acquisition of 4 other properties, which total 777 acres including the Valle del Oro National Urban Wildlife Refuge, the Los Ranchos Agri-nature Center and two properties owned and maintained by the City of Albuquerque in the Tijeras Canyon.

Goals

Per the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Facilities Master Plan (2015-2030), it is the goal of our department to develop facilities and environmental education programming throughout our open space and parks system where appropriate and when adequate resources are available. This is to support community health, increase the presence of community-based agriculture, and to preserve both cultural heritage and public art.

Timeline

Open Space has been growing up from being a group of activities under Parks and Recreation to maturing into an established area within the department. In 1998, a referendum passed to provide mill levy funds for the acquisition of Open Space lands. In 2008, the Open Space Program was formally instituted to provide educational and volunteer opportunities to the public. In 2014, a 15-year mill levy was passed by a large margin to enable to expand Open Space properties and programs. Between 2015 and 2018, the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Facilities Master Plan was adopted, Greenprint was finalized to provide a strategy for land prioritization, and Open Space staff completed strategic planning in order to develop a clear direction for the department in the years to come.

This year, BernCo Open Space staff and partners are offering more public events than ever. Take advantage of these free events for all ages where you will have the opportunity to further explore and learn about public lands. Also, look for special memorabilia items only available this year at the public events.

Vision Statement

Bernalillo County Open Space strives to be a dynamic network of properties with important natural or cultural resources managed to benefit people, plants and wildlife by protecting and enhancing viewsheds, water resources, wildlife habitat, cultural/historic sites, and prime agricultural land; and providing resource-based recreation and environmental education.

 



Questions, Comments, Concerns?

We’re open on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with exception for holidays and other special scheduling.

Bernalillo County Open Space Department

111 Union Square St. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

505-314-0356 or openspace@bernco.gov


 

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  • Pre-registration is required to obtain the Zoom login credentials.To register, please email Marnie at bospace@bernco.gov. Meet with Rachel Carson, who will be played by Ann Beyke. Rachel (1907-1964) was a marine biologist when few women dared to even tread water. Her early childhood was spent exploring nature in western Pennsylvania. She wrote the book Silent Spring in 1962, which revealed the damaging use of the chemical compound DDT. It was banned in the United States in 1972. Ann Beyke has performed in local film, theater, television, radio plays and as a voice-over artist for over 25 years.
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    11/21/2020 10:00 AM

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