Albuquerque unveils renovated Barelas Park

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department unveiled improvements this week to the Barelas Park. It was closed for about a year.

The improvements include a new multi-sport court, lighting, playground equipment, more than 100 new trees, and benches and tables. 

KOB 4 spoke to reps with the Parks and Recreation Department who say this is really just the beginning for their plans to revitalize the historic Barelas neighborhood.

“We do the work, for the community so the community can enjoy these beautiful shared spaces. And that parks can really contribute to the wellbeing, wellness, and economic health of our city,” said Dave Simon, director of the city’s Park and Recreation Department. 

The Barelas Park was originally constructed in 1974 and has evolved over the years.

With phase one under their belt, the city is back at work brainstorming for the next installment of park improvements.

“Phase two is going to include the addition of three dedicated pickleball courts on the east side of the park, and new shade structures, and portales over some of the walking parts of the park, swings, and places for the community to sit and gather,” said Simon.