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A Park Above

A Park Above is the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in New Mexico. A Park Above a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play. A Park Above is located on six acres at 2441 Westside Court (off of Westside Boulevard in Rio Rancho).  

A Park Above was constructed to universal design standards to be more “usable” for everyone. The goal of the park design is to create an inclusive social play environment. For more information about universal design, please click here       

                               
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Amenities
A Park Above has state of the art amenities that encourage interaction, inclusion, and growth. 

• Inclusive and accessible play equipment

• Pedestrian path and loop trail

• Play/activity areas with perimeter fencing and special surfacing

• Hill feature with ADA-compliant ramp

• Sport/basketball court area

• Splash pad

• Lighting

• Shade structures

• Bathroom facilities with changing tables

• Outdoor musical instruments

• Adaptive swings/wheelchair swings

• Dog Park

• Amphitheatre

• Labyrinth walking path

• Bocce court

• Outdoor exercise equipment

• Lawn area

• Area with picnic tables

Wheelchair Swings
Wheelchair swings are available, but require the assistance of trained staff. If staff is not available at A Park Above please call 505-219-5684 or 505-891-5015 for assistance. Please do not attempt to enter or exit the wheelchair swing without assistance from one of our volunteers or City of Rio Rancho staff members. 

Rules & Guidelines 

Please help us to keep A Park Above beautiful and safe. We kindly ask that all guests abide by the following rules and guidelines: 

  • No dogs are allowed, except for service dogs
  • No food or drink allowed on artificial turf areas of the park 
  • No jumpers (inflatable’s)
  • No littering
  • No bicycle, skateboard or scooter riding inside of the park
  • Barbecue grills and open fires are not allowed
  • No generators


Are Dogs Allowed?
We love dogs, but other than service dogs, we kindly ask that you not bring your dogs inside of the play zones. There is an off leash dog area located on the west side of A Park Above that you are more than welcome to take your dogs to. The dog area has shade, water, benches, as well as a separate area for special needs dogs.

Birthday Parties or Celebrations 

We love seeing families using the Park Above as a place of celebration and, unlike other parks that do charge for a reservation, we are providing the use of our facility for free. This also means that there is no formal reservation system other than showing up, and securing one of the large tables provided in the Picnic Pavilion. Each of these tables will comfortably sit about 6 people and are wheelchair-friendly. In addition to the tables, the grass is a beautiful area to enjoy games and special celebration fun. We emphatically ask that you follow a few rules:

  1. Do not reserve or save tables prior to your party.  Please limit your party to 2 hours if others are waiting to use the picnic tables.
  2. Please keep your food and drinks confined to the picnic area and do not take food or drinks onto the artificial turf.
  3. Please clean up after yourselves.  There is a dumpster on the west side of the park if the trash receptacles in the picnic pavilion become too full. Make sure you remove all of your decorations upon the conclusion of your party.
  4. NO grills, grilling, silly string, water-balloons, piñatas or inflatable jumps.  These items are prohibited.
  5. No alcohol, or smoking is allowed in the park.

We appreciate the responsibility of our guests and hope to continue offering the use of the park at no charge. Many of our guests travel from far and wide to be able to host a birthday for a child who, because of a disability, was previously unable to enjoy the use of an outdoor space. It is our sincere hope that every guest visiting the playground helps to keep it a magical place for years to come! 

School/Group Visits 
Thank you for your interest in bringing your group or classroom to A Park Above. A Park Above welcomes teachers and group leaders to bring classrooms to the park. We ask that groups larger than 20 call and inform us of the visit so we can staff the wheel chair swings adequately.  

A Park Above offers dozens of activities that enable students to be actively engaged in learning while playing at the same time. 

Please call 505-219-5684 or e-mail us at to let us know your group is coming. When you call to make your reservation please indicate how many guests will be attending including teachers, chaperones, caregivers and students. Also, please indicate how many guests with special-needs will be attending.

Guests are allowed to bring outside food and drinks. The “Chismar Picnic Pavilion” is provided for your group to enjoy lunch at your convenience.

Site Plan Design Rendering
View (searchable PDF)

Video
View
(on YouTube) a brief video about the A Park Above, which was created and donated by Edit House Productions.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Volunteers work closely with the city staff to assist with programs, maintenance, clean up days, plant care, programs, special events, and much more. To inquire about volunteer opportunities please call 505-219-5684 or email .


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