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Greetings from Bernalillo County Open Space!

Greetings from Bernalillo County Open Space to all of our supporters, partners and friends! We hope this message finds you in good health and spirits. The purpose of this Connection Point newsletter is to provide connection during the current COVID-19 public health crisis by bringing you facts and information about and around our open space properties.
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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.
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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.
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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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  • Bernalillo County will stop its daily summer lunch series on Friday, Aug. 7. The county has been serving grab-n-go meals at six locations since March. The meals were converted to the grab-n-go sty...

  • As part of this year’s virtual Bosque Chile Festival, organizers are announcing a Chile Casas decorating contest. Residents and businesses are invited to take part in this home/business decorating co...

  • Bernalillo County’s popular Movies in the Park series is canceled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 25 due to inclement weather predictions. The movie, Lion King, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jul...

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