Flooding from storms is a problem affecting much of the Rio Grande Valley and particularly this south valley neighborhood in Albuquerque. The intent of the South Valley Gateway Park was two-fold, to complement a nearby storm drainage project constructed as part of Isleta Boulevard improvements and to create a park for events and family gatherings. The Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and Bernalillo County supported the master planning, design effort and a public input process that determined the best possible site usage with the requisite drainage functions.
Sites’ design for the 4.5-acre park includes a surge pond for major storm events and a large public plaza for community markets and activities. Recreational opportunities include playgrounds; volleyball, bocce ball and horseshoes courts; picnic areas and an outdoor amphitheater. Passive recreational facilities include a maze garden, nature walk and artwork along site walls.
The South Valley Gateway Park is a jewel of the south valley that provides a safely drained, community gathering point.