Winrock Town Center Park
The former Winrock Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is being reimagined as a town center. As part of the rehabilitation, a central park for the entire mixed-use development will be built in collaboration with the city of Albuquerque. Sites Southwest was responsible for the park’s design, which will include an event amphitheater, a large playground with both nature and traditional play areas, a lake with bridges and restaurants overlooking it, and a network of soft and hardscape trails and plazas. Native plants were specifically chosen to highlight the region’s effects of global warming. A small high-tech water treatment plant will supply reclaimed water to the lake, which will then be used for park irrigation. The entire story will be told through interpretive and educational signage, emphasizing nature’s plight in the face of climate change. This park is scheduled to begin construction in 2022 with an anticipated opening date in 2023.