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A Park Above

The A Park Above will be an inclusive park for people of all ages and abilities located on six acres at 2441 Westside Court (off of Westside Boulevard in Rio Rancho).  

The A Park Above is being 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, visit the U.S. Access Board Web site.

Ground was broken on this project in October 2013.  The current anticipated opening of Phase 1 of the A Park Above is 2015.

Phase 1 amenities will include:

  • Inclusive and accessible play equipment
  • Pedestrian path and loop trail
  • Play/activity areas with perimeter fencing and special surfacing
  • Hill feature with ADA-complaint ramp
  • Sport/basketball court area
  • Water-spray pad
  • Lighting
  • Shade structures
  • Bathroom facilities

Site Plan Design Rendering

View (searchable PDF)

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

Funding and Support (as of March 2015)
Funding for this project has been provided by Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Legislature ($1,263,297 in 2012; $284,927 in 2013; $60,000 in 2014); Sandoval County ($210,000); Intel ($25,000); Sandia National Laboratories/Lockheed Martin ($50,000); Presbyterian Health Plan ($30,000); City of Rio Rancho Park Impact Fees ($190,836); Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation ($17,000); and private and individuals donations.


            Joiner Construction, Inc. 

            Ron Montoya Design Inc.        

TI Design Services

The Response Group      

Bohannan Huston

Coyote Gravel Products

Southwest Block

Perry Supply

Sundance Mechanical

BCL Construction

Bixby Electric

Southwest Door Service

HouseMax and Champion Truss, Inc.

Summit Electric Supply

Northridge Electric

Champion Truss, Inc.


Valley Fence Company

RMCI, Inc.

All American Precast

Complete Concrete & Excavating

Ferguson Waterworks

Golden Equipment Company

HD Supply Waterworks

4Rivers Equipment

Albuquerque Asphalt

NM Aggregates LLC

Guzman Construction Solutions

Vulcan Materials Company

AUI, Inc.

Land Advisors Organization


Roadrunner Redi-Mix

Industrial and Commercial Security Systems, Inc.

GND, Inc.




Materials, Inc.

Rio Rancho Metalwerks

J B Designs

Total Lighting Supply

Consensus Planning Landscape Architects

Innovative Custom Contracting, LLC  

Enchanted Solar

Daniels Family Funeral Services


Exerplay LLC


Edit House Productions, LLC 

CliffDweller Digital 

Sandoval County Public Works Department            

Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority  

Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority 

Mountain View Middle School

TECHNICAL ADVISORY TEAM – These agencies assigned staff that donated hours of time to helping with design:

Rio Rancho Public Schools Special Education & Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments

Governor’s Commission on Disability

Sandia National Labs Science & Technology

Presbyterian Hospital Child Life & Occupational Therapy

UNM Center on Disability Autism Program

UNM School of Medicine – Center for Development & Disability

New Mexico Autism Society

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation & CP Parent Association

Commission for the Blind

The ARC New Mexico

Abrazos Family Support Services

Adelante Development Center, Inc.

A Park Above, Inc.

Phase 2

The Rio Rancho Rotary Club has raised $20,000 for an amphitheater as part of Phase 2, and has committed to raise the additional $10,000 needed to add this amenity. Other Phase 2 amenities, which will be subject to available funding, may include a dog park, walking paths, bocce and horseshoe courts, exercise station, labyrinth, lawn area, and additional lighting.

A non-profit A Park Above foundation has been created and is working to support and raise funds for the project.  For more information, visit their Web site.

The A Park Above will be owned and maintained by the city of Rio Rancho.

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