5 Parks in the 505: Great Outdoor Fun for Everyone

The City of Albuquerque has hundreds of parks – both green spaces and play spaces.

Nearly 130 parks contain play areas. While I certainly haven’t been to all of them, my family loves visiting new parks that aren’t in our neighborhood. It’s a fun way to explore more of the city and find hidden gems. Following are five of our favorite Albuquerque parks to check out.

Quintessence Park – 9801 Quintessence NE

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This neighborhood park is real gem! Tucked in the midst of a quaint far northeast heights neighborhood, Quintessence has two play structures, picnic tables under shade, basketball courts, tennis courts, a large green space and a beautiful walking path around the whole park. The play area is sand. The landscaping is beautiful and there is a dedicated parking lot. Best of all, it is in a very quiet neighborhood with no major roads nearby.

Jerry Cline Park – 7205 Constitution NE

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This northeast heights park is just across I-40 from Uptown Target. A tennis complex is visible from the road, but turn down Constitution, drive to the end of the block, and a great play structure is nestled in between a large green space and lots of shade trees. The play structure has an extra wide boardwalk that runs the entire length of the structure – perfect for active toddlers to run back and forth on! The play area is covered with wood chips, well shaded (except for the swings) and several picnic tables are available.

Academy Hills Park – 9709 Layton NE

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Another far northeast heights park with two (older) play structures (a small one for the toddlers). The play area is sanded and there is a covered picnic area. A huge green space and lots of mature trees help boost this parks appeal. But best of all is a natural trail that runs one mile around the park.

Manzano Mesa Park – 501 Elizabeth St SE

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This southeast park is located on the grounds of the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center. The play structures are new, clean, and surrounded by wood chips. There are two play structures – both of which my two-year-old thoroughly enjoys. Plenty of shade, several benches looking over the play area, and a covered picnic area make this a great park – not to mention a huge green space and the Manzano Mesa Spray Park. Be wary on windy days though – there isn’t much around the park to act as a wind break. Added bonus – Costco is right across the road!

A Park Above – 2441 Westside Blvd, Rio Rancho

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While not an Albuquerque park, this park in Rio Rancho is insane! When my family visited on a busy Saturday, I was overwhelmed with all the options and scope of the park. This park is the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in New Mexico. Situated on top of astro turf and underneath gobs of shade – this park boasts a spray pad, dog park, bocce court, tons of swings including adaptive/wheelchair swings, musical instruments, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball court, picnic tables, and the only park on the list with bathrooms.

Honorable Mention

Vista Del Norte Park – 1005 Osuna Rd NE

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This is a brand new park so the equipment is in tip-top shape. The play structure for the older kids is somewhat ninja-warrior-esk. The toddler structure is perfect for the kiddos and the zip line also includes a toddler seat for the little ones. Wood chips, a shaded picnic area, and a large green space add to the park’s appeal. However, the major downside of this park is there is absolutely no shade over the play area. Trees have been planted so eventually there will be natural shade. For now, it got a little hot for my littles. It is also right off Osuna so traffic can be loud. Check out the equipment though especially if you have kiddos that love climbing!

Let us know what parks are your favorite!

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