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Carlito Springs Open Space Project Phase Two Receives Funding

County Commissioners approved funding for up to $2 million for phase two of the Carlito Springs Open Space renovations project in the East Mountains.
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BernCo to Add Anderson Farm to its Open Space Inventory

The County Commission passed a resolution on Aug. 20 approving the purchase of the 147.2 acre Anderson Farm Open Space property in the South Valley.
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BernCo Adds 15 New Land Management Positions as Part of Glyphosate Replacement Option

The BernCo Board of Commissioners approved a motion to hire 15 new full-time employees for the glyphosate replacement initiative.
BernCo Adds 15 New Land Management Positions as Part of Glyphosate Replacement Option

Carlito Springs Open Space Closed for Renovation

Carlito Springs Open Space is closed until further notice for renovations. The project will involve improvements to the road leading to the spring, a potable water system, fire suppression and wastewater disposal system at the structures located at the spring along with a forest health plan.
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BernCo’s Gutierrez-Hubbell House Joins National Register of Historic Places

The Gutierrez-Hubbell House History and Cultural Center has been named to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

 

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.



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  • Join us for this FREE class every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. until Dec. 31 in the computer lab at the South Valley Multipurpose Center! Sign up at the front desk. For more information call (505) 468-7341.
    Location:
    South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd. SW
    Time:
    12/10/2019 10:00 AM - 12/10/2019 11:00 AM

  • The next Metropolitan Detention Center information session is Dec. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd. SW. Get your questions answered and meet with a recruiter!
    Location:
    South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd. SW
    Time:
    12/11/2019 5:00 PM - 12/11/2019 7:00 PM

  • Join us for this FREE class every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. until Dec. 31 in the computer lab at the South Valley Multipurpose Center! Sign up at the front desk. For more information call (505) 468-7341.
    Location:
    South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd. SW
    Time:
    12/12/2019 10:00 AM - 12/12/2019 11:00 AM

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