The Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque has almost two dozen parks ranging from less than two acres to more than 30 acres. For sports aficionados, Northeast Heights has numerous parks with tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, and extensive sports fields for soccer and other activities. For those seeking fewer crowds and more time with nature, the small pocket parks are a relaxing space to walk, watch children play, and walk the dog.
Parks That Favor Sports
Aztec Tennis Courts
Aztec Tennis Courts at 3512 Cheraz Rd. NE is located near Aztec Park. This public tennis facility provides six public unlighted tennis courts.
High Desert Park
High Desert Park, 13000 Academy NE near Tramway and Academy, has tennis courts and two full basketball courts, grass and mature trees, a children’s play area, picnic tables, and shaded benches where you can relax. The park underwent a major renovation in 2022 that brought in new playground equipment and improved accessibility.
Hoffman Park at 2314 General Arnold NE is a neighborhood gem. Large sycamore trees and evergreens surround wide grass fields for soccer or picnicking in this eight-acre park. A children’s play area includes a tire swing. Lighted courts for basketball, tennis, and pickleball are free to use. The area is good for dog walking and birding Hotspots reports 31 species.
Lauren C. Boles Park
Lauren C. Boles Park at 13121 Skyview Ave. NE provides a variety of sports opportunities in its almost five acres. For organized soccer, frisbee, or bocce ball, grassy open spaces abound. The park also has 2-1/2 basketball courts, four tennis courts, and two rock climbing walls, as well as a children’s play area. This pet-friendly park has a view of the mountains.
Loma Del Rey
Loma Del Rey at 9107 Orlando Place NE tucks a sundial sculpture in the wide swaths of grass for sports fields. Large sycamore and evergreen trees provide shade and attract birds. The almost four-acre garden also has a children’s play area and a full basketball court. An accessible wide and flat, loop trail provides a short walk.
Los Altos Skate Park
Los Altos Skate Park at 10130 Lomas NE is an acre designed for BMX bikes, skateboards, and in-line skates. Night lighting is provided. It features a concrete course with a variety of bowls and stair grind structures. It is next to Los Altos swimming pool and softball complex in the 32-acre Los Altos Park at 821 Eubank NE.
Lynnewood Park at 2721 Marie Park NE is a popular wheelchair-accessible park covering almost 10 acres. It includes a full basketball court and four tennis and pickleball courts, as well as a children’s play area. There is a bike trail through the park of large trees and grass fields.
Perfect Parks for Children, Pets, and Relaxation
El Oso Grande Park
El Oso Grande Park, 10600 Osuna NE, is a large park with lots of grass and mature trees. It has a partially shaded children’s play area and shaded picnic tables. There’s even a pollinator garden to enjoy and great views of the nearby mountains. You won’t find drinking fountains or bathrooms at this park, however.
Aztec Park, a more than five-acre park at 3400 Moon St. NE, provides a shade structure and a half dozen picnic tables near a children’s play area. This park is beautiful in all seasons with spring blooming trees and fall colors. Birding Hotspots reports 38 species sighted. The Albuquerque Public Schools sponsors Storytime in the Parks during lunch on weekdays. Teachers read stories to children from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and provide a free book per child.
Chelwood Park at 13205 San Juan NE spans almost four acres with a children’s play area and a half basketball court. Catch the organized soccer games on grass fields. The Albuquerque Public Schools sponsors Storytime in the Parks, where teachers read at the parks from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. BirdingHotspots.org reports 13 species.
Jeanne Bellamah Park
Jeanne Bellamah Park, 11516 Summer NE, has more than seven acres of large trees and fields of grass. The children’s play area features some climbing structures. There is a lighted basketball court. This is a pet-friendly park with a half-mile walking trail. It is located near Jeanne Bellamah Community Center.
La Palomita Park
La Palomita Park, 8516 La Sala Grande NE, is a small neighborhood park with a children’s play area and large shade trees. This almost two-acre park appeared in numerous episodes of Breaking Bad. Birding Hotspots reports 15 species sighted. An organized soccer group arranges games in the large open space. This is an excellent park for jogging and dog walking.
Little Cloud Park
Little Cloud Park, 1850 San Bernardino Ave. NE, is a small county park that has shaded play areas, some exercise equipment, and large trees providing more shade on the grass area. There is also a fenced dog park for the pups to enjoy.
Matheson Park at 10500 Los Arboles NE has a metal shade structure over the tables and a children’s play area. This more than seven-acre park includes a carved wood sculpture by Peter Broussard called The Hounds of Enchantment. BirdingHotspots.org reports that 38 species have been spotted here.
Ross Enchanted Park
Ross Enchanted Park at 2519 Algodones NE is wheelchair accessible with a view of Sandia Peak. The more than five-acre park has a children’s play area and a paved bike and pedestrian path that connects to trailheads into the mountains. This neighborhood park has regular yoga events and an easy walking trail.
Sandia Vista Park
Sandia Vista Park, 11505 Chico NE, has two acres of trees and grass plus a treehouse in the children’s play area. The park includes a half basketball court. Albuquerque Public Schools sponsors Storytime in the Parks during which teachers read at the parks Monday through Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. during lunch. Each child is provided with a free book.
Wade Circle Park
Wade Circle Park at 1101 Wade NE is a small triangle of a park with triangular play structures in a triangular playground. The large trees for shade and spacious grassy areas support an organized soccer program.