Wednesday, Apr 22: Earth Day At 50 Celebration. 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club and Realty One of New Mexico will co-sponsor a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Join us from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. as we work together to beautify the bosque. Then, enjoy an Earth friendly picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center at 6500 Coors Blvd NW. You can either bring your own food or purchase food from one of the caterers. Sierra Club, Realty One and Albuquerque Open Space Division have a shared advocacy for the preservation and protection of our planet, our city and the Rio Grande and we need your help. Join over 150 others that share your love of the Albuquerque Open Space to pick up trash in the bosque and along the Rio Grande. You can choose between ten different areas, stretching from Alameda Boulevard to Rio Bravo Boulevard. Albuquerque Open Space division will provide trash and recycling bags. There will be prizes for most interesting and largest pieces of trash recovered, as well as some other surprises. Recommended gear list: Recommended attire: Ball cap, sun hat, bandanna or shemagh; Long sleeved shirt; Long pants (no shorts please); Sturdy comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes such as hiking boots, trail runners, work boots (no sandals or flip-flops); Calf length wool or wool blend socks; Jacket appropriate for the weather and/or changing weather conditions. Recommended gear: Daypack, backpack or fanny pack; 1/2-1 liter of water per person; Snacks such as energy bars, nuts, granola, cereal; Leather, work or gardening gloves; Sunscreen (at least SPF-15 or higher); Lip sunscreen; Sunglasses; Yard tongs or mechanical grabbers and a bucket. Choose a location and RSVP to the Trip Leader via the URL provided and arrive at your chosen location no later then 8:45 a.m and check-in with the person leading the clean-up in that area.
Make your selection by the location numbers shown. RSVP no later than April 16th. Trip Leader: Terry Owen, 505-301-4349, email@example.comLevel: EasyLocations and map: https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/documents/RGVSP2.pdf
- Alameda Blvd Trailhead: Alameda Blvd NW near Rio Grande Blvd NW. Access is on the southeast side of the Alameda Blvd. bridge.
- Paseo Del Norte Trailhead: (Open Space Shining River/Paseo Del Bosque Trail), Rio Grande Blvd NW near Paseo Del Norte overpass. Access to the Paseo del Bosque Trail is from Paseo to 2nd Street, turn on El Pueblo Road and then west to Rio Grande. There is a parking area at the southwest corner. Paseo del Norte, to 2nd St., south on 2nd to El Pueblo, west on El Pueblo to Rio Grande Blvd, north on Rio Grande, left to the parking area before you get to Paseo del Norte. There is no direct access from Paseo Del Norte to Rio Grande Blvd.
- Montano Road Trailhead: (Pueblo Montano Picnic area and Trailhead) 4100 Montano Road NW. Pueblo Montaño is located south of Montaño Road; east of Coors Boulevard; and west of the Rio Grande River.
- Gabaldon Trailhead: 3476 Gabaldon Place NW From Rio Grande Blvd, turn west on Floral Rd. NW to Duranes Rd. NW, turn left on Duranes Rd, then left on Gabaldon Rd NW, then make the first right onto Gabaldon Place and take it until it ends at the parking lot.
- Central Avenue Trailhead: Located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue Bridge. Please access this formal parking area off Central directly west of Tingley Boulevard. It’s easier to park at the Botanic Gardens, access from east bound Central is at Tingley Blvd, access from west bound Central is at New York.
- Central NW: From Central turn north at Sunset Blvd, there’s a dirt parking area just to the east of Sunset.
- Bridge SW: Access is only from east bound Bridge Blvd, go east past La Vega and there is a dirt parking area right before the bridge.
- Tingley Beach/The Biopark: Help clean up around the ponds. Park at the north end of Tingley Beach in the dirt parking area and then gather in front of the train station.
- Bridge Blvd Trailhead: From Bridge Street heading west, turn north on 8th Street and then turn west again on Marquez Street. Marquez Street turns into an Open Space parking area which is perfect for access to the Paseo del Bosque trail. The parking area is at the intersection of Tingley and Marquez
- Rio Bravo Blvd Trailhead: (Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area) Rio Bravo Blvd SW, parking is just east of the Rio Grande Bridge. From Rio Bravo, turn north on Poco Loco Rd SW, go north to the intersection with Belvedere Ave SW, turn left and follow the road until it ends at the parking lot.