Parks in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque provide the perfect place for residents to relax, walk, and play. The Nob Hills area has a population of around 4,000 residents and is perfectly situated between the Midtown-University neighborhood and Uptown. This vibrant district is known for its unique shopping, dining, and entertainment. This neighborhood is also known for its friendly, community vibe. Let’s explore the parks of Nob Hill in Albuquerque.
Bataan Memorial Park
Bataan Memorial Park at 748 Tulane Dr. NE is a designated city landmark that recognizes New Mexico veterans who served in defense of the Bataan Peninsula in World War II. In 2002, a walkway leading to the memorial was constructed and features granite pillars inscribed with names to remind visitors of the soldiers. Only half of the 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen who were on Bataan survived the death march and subsequent captivity.
Today, the four-acre park with large shade trees and wide grassy fields is a neighborhood gathering spot where residents walk their dogs and socialize. It also is a birding hotspot with 48 species of birds reported. The park features a wide walking trail of concrete and packed gravel. Shaded benches and picnic tables welcome visitors, but there are no bathrooms or children’s play areas.
Wellesley Park at 302 Wellesley Dr. SE features tennis courts amid a woodsy backdrop. In 2022, the two purple and blue tennis courts were resurfaced and were upgraded with new nets, net poles, and windscreens. The tennis courts are free to use. This compact park includes a children’s play area, but no bathrooms.
McDuffie Park, locally known as Hidden Park, is located at 3708 Macland Ave., NE. Its natural beauty and dog-friendly atmosphere make this shady three-acre park tucked between neighborhood houses a place to relax, enjoy nature, and get away from it all.
Not visible from the street. Enter this secluded garden by walking down a shaded path at the corner of Macland and Solano. There is great birdwatching in the old trees with 41 species reported. The park offers sprawling grass space for dogs, children, and groups. It has no bathrooms, water fountains, children’s play areas, or other amenities.
UNM Duck Pond
The University of New Mexico Duck Pond at 1890 Roma Ave. NE is a relaxing oasis with diverse wildlife, including ducks and other birds, turtles, and fish. The Duck Pond, completed in 1975, is a series of ponds connected with walkways and a bridge. The meandering shaded area includes benches and seating areas to relax, study, or converse. Experience each season: flowers blooming in spring; trees providing shade in the summer; orange and yellow foliage heralding fall; and bare branches and wintering ducks highlight winter.
Located nearby, the Student Union Building, SUB, is open to the public and is a popular place on the UNM campus to grab a bite to eat or a thirst-quenching drink.
The Duck Ponds are an excellent area for photography. The space is dog friendly. This birding hotspot has more than 200 species of birds reported. However, it has no amenities such as bathrooms or a children’s play area.
Morningside Park at 3901 Lead Ave. SE features the Nob Hill Growers Market from 3 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays from April through November. The market provides an excellent opportunity to purchase fresh produce and socialize with neighbors and visitors. At just over an acre of large trees and grass, this neighborhood park offers a quiet, well-maintained area to play Frisbee, hang out with your dog, or have a picnic. It has a children’s play area, but no bathrooms.
Located at 500 Spruce St. SE sits at the edge of Nob Hill and features a playground and disc golf course. This 14-acre historic park has a wide walking trail of more than half a mile around the perimeter. More than 2,000 plants, including 80-year-old elm trees plus a variety of shrubs and grass, create this oasis near UNM. It is a birding hotspot with 82 species reported. Dogs are permitted off-leash in this park. There is a playground for children, but no bathrooms.
Roosevelt Park is listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties, the National Register of Historic Places, and is a protected Albuquerque Historic Landmark. The general layout and landscaping scheme of the park remain essentially unchanged over the last 60 years.
Albuquerque Park Rules
The following items and activities are prohibited in city parks:
- Glass containers
- Vehicles on grass
- Staking of tents (blocks, sandbags, and water-filled barrels only)
- Pony rides
- Dogs must be leashed, except in specified off-leash parks