The Bachechi Open Space Park is perhaps one of Albuquerque’s most beloved facilities– enjoyed by pedestrians, bicyclists, hikers, equestrians and nature lovers alike. It’s the gateway to 21 miles of Bosque and the Rio Grande Valley State Park.
The park includes a sustainable urban forest of primarily native plants, wildlife viewing stations, picnic facilities and hiking trails. Roof water from the Environmental Education building drains to above ground cisterns and is used to irrigate surrounding landscape. On site earthwork is a key component of the water conservation strategy for the park. Numerous moist soil and xeric depressions harvest water from surrounding surfaces and mimic the nearby bosque. This system sustains plants and attracts wildlife. All grading is designed to collect water from hard and soft surfaces to keep precipitation on site for the vegetation.
The Bachechi Open Space Park also features a wetland boardwalk, a restored historic pecan orchard and a working arboretum. A great deal of collaboration and public input helped shape the design for this great park.