While you may think of the Uptown area of Albuquerque as a place to go shopping, Uptown also has several neighborhoods, which have parks for the public and visitors. Let’s explore Uptown parks to find some urban oases to relax and enjoy family time.
Tom Bolack Urban Forest Park Dog Park
This park at 2000 Dakota NE is near a large shopping area. The enclosed, off-leash area features separate areas for small and large dogs with a double-gated entry. While it is open from dawn until late in the evening, it does not have lights. This 2.5-acre urban forest of large trees is bordered by an urban walkway. Additional amenities include picnic tables, trash receptacles, and water access. There is water for the dogs. (Find more dog parks here!)
Jerry Kline Park
Found at 7205 Constitution Ave NE, this park spans 12 acres of established trees and large grass areas that provide space for all kinds of activities. Fly kites, throw frisbees, or set up a kickball game. The park includes a soccer field, a playground, and running and biking paths.
The sail-shaded children’s play area and the parking areas are accessible. Bring the family for picnicking and playing. This park has benches, tables, and bathrooms. The park is attached to the Jerry Cline Tennis Center with 18 courts and a well-managed tennis program.
Enjoy some birdwatching, as BirdingHotspots.com reports 33 species at the park. While you are there, check out the free library.
The park features a more than half-mile, wide gravel loop trail for walking. You can take your dog to this dog-friendly park and then take a trail with access to the Tom Bolack Urban Forest and Dog Park. There also is access to the multi-use Paseo de las Montañas Trail.
Snow Heights Park
A two-acre park at 1261 Katie NE, Snow Heights Park features a children’s play area with shade sails; shade structures protect picnic tables and benches. Birding Hotspots reports 30 species sighted.
Mesa Verde Park
At 7901 Marquette NE, this park welcomes families and is dog friendly. The nine-acre park features basketball and tennis courts, a children’s play area, and picnic tables under shade structures. The four-foot-wide concrete sidewalk of a Prescription Trail loops around a half mile.
Marion L. Fox Memorial Park
At 5800 Marquette Ave. NE is a neighborhood park with large trees and grassy areas. The Fairwest Neighborhood Association holds a variety of local events in the park, including ice cream socials and fun nights out with food trucks. This family and dog-friendly park features a tennis court, basketball court, and children’s playground. The car park and entrance of the two-acre park are accessible.
At 2000 Alvarado Dr. NE, Alvarado Park hosts the Mile-Hi Farmers’ Market on Sundays from June to September. This four-acre park features a basketball hoop and a children’s play area with picnic tables. With large trees and grassy areas, it is family and dog friendly. Birding Hotspots reports 30 species sighted here.
Workers Memorial Park
Workers Memorial Park is a long, thin park from 1900 – 1970 San Mateo Blvd. NE that encourages biking and walking. It also includes an abstract orange steel sculpture by Ed Vega named Dawn Light. Birding Hotspots reports 15 species sighted.
This four-acre park was renamed in 2000 when various Albuquerque union members gathered to change the name from San Mateo Mini-Park. This park serves three neighborhoods: Mile Hi, Alvarado Park, and Sandia Ridge.
This park is found at 7715 Cutler NE, supports a variety of leisure activities in an area of lush grass and shady trees. With two and a half acres featuring a children’s play area, there are spaces for reading, relaxing, walking, and picnicking. Metal shade structures shade tables. This dog-friendly park has a fountain and lots of space for dogs to romp.
Albuquerque Rose Garden
At 8205 Apache Avenue NE, the city’s oldest public rose garden was established in 1962 at the Tony Hillerman Library and is sponsored by the Albuquerque Rose Society. Society volunteers maintain the rose garden of more than 1,100 roses. Birding Hotspot reports 12 species sighted.
The “Fragrance Walk” perfumes the east library entrance. Fragrant hybrid tea roses are planted along the sidewalk and benches are provided so that visitors can enjoy the heady rose perfume. The Peace Memorial Bed, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, is planted with Peace rose varieties.
At 2801 San Pedro NE and Candelaria, the centerpiece of its neighborhood, Quigley Park is popular for the well-maintained children’s play area that caters to younger children. A fanciful yellow giraffe sculpture inhabits the play area. A large grassy area is a favorite for soccer. Several picnic tables occupy the shade near the play areas. The two-acre park is dog friendly. A walking trail circles the perimeter of the park. Birding Hotspots reports 17 species sighted.