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Location and Hours

Address: 480 Sunset Boulevard SW (South Valley)

Hours of Operation: The trail is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year.

Contact: Bernalillo County Open Space staff, 505-314-0400 or OpenSpace@bernco.gov

Valle del Bosque is a 17-acre hybrid park, Little League facility, and Open Space property located at 480 Sunset SW. 

It is adjacent to the Rio Grande Bosque and provides access to the Rio Grande Valley State Park with an overlook above the river. It was the site of the Serna Trucking Company until 2001, when Bernalillo County purchased the property for recreational uses with funds from the Open Space mill levy. Previous uses made the land a brownfield site and it was enrolled in the New Mexico Environment Department’s Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP). All site remediation was completed in late 2002.

 

 

Planning and Management

 An extensive planning effort with the Vecinos del Bosque Neighborhood Association and the Atrisco Valley Little League resulted in a phased master plan that was adopted by the county. Phases I,  II, and III were completed between 2005-2008 and included a playground, ball field, turf, landscaping, irrigation, picnic shelters and furnishings, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, walking trail, parking, and reconstruction of the acequia for flood irrigation of the Open Space at the eastern portion of the site. In 2007, the community participated in a pole planting effort of more than 50 cottonwood and willow trees. 
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a bridge over the clear ditch, just outside the facility’s eastern boundary, which leads directly to the Rio Grande Bosque and a boardwalk that overlooks the Rio Grande. In 2008, 1.5 acres along the eastern boundary were added to the site. Overgrown vegetation was thinned and existing cottonwood trees were pruned to promote the growth of understory plants and grasses.

Resources

Master Naturalists Mary Jo Picha and Annette O’Connor created a walking guide for Valle del Bosque. Click on the link to download the guide, Exploring the Bosque.

For additional information, contact the Open Space Staff at (505) 314-0400 or email OpenSpace@bernco.gov.

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  • Youth ages 11-19 are invited to participate in our free Teen 3-on-3 basketball program every Friday night from 7-10 June 14 through Aug. 9. Dinner will be served before each event at 6 p.m. with a mandatory life skills workshop at 6:30. Registration begins May 13. For more details contact Ashley Gutierrez at (505) 314-0465.
    Location:
    Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW
    Time:
    6/21/2019 7:00 PM - 6/21/2019 10:00 PM

  • Location:
    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM-333 Tijeras
    Time:
    6/22/2019 10:30 AM - 6/22/2019 1:30 PM

  • All Movies in the Park events are FREE. Please note that the start time is tentative. The movie will begin at dusk and is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. You can call the information hotline at (505) 314-0477 for updates. Food vendors will be available and you can bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, food and drink. However, alcohol, glass, sharp/dangerous objects and video recording are all prohibited.
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    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 1/2 Old Highway 66
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