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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 late spring 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 November 2014)
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); City of Rio Rancho Park Impact Fees ($190,836); and Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation ($17,000). 

Site work performed by Sandoval County Public Works Department and the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (SSCAFCA).  

The following companies have discounted their materials and/or service:  BCL Construction, Consensus Planning, Albuquerque Asphalt, Valley Fence Company, Roadrunner Redi-Mix/JPR, Exerplay, PlayWell, GameTime, Southwest Door Service, and Buildology.

Private donations of goods and services valued at over $300,000 have been received to date by: Southwest Block, RMCI, Inc., Sundance Mechanical, Joiner Construction, Ron Montoya Designs, Edit House Productions, AUI, Inc., Perry Supply, Eric Munn Architects, The Response Group, Bohannan Huston, Materials Inc., 4Rivers Equipment, All American Precast, Complete Concrete and Excavating, Ferguson Waterworks, Golden Equipment Company, HD Supply Waterworks, Bixby Electric, JB Designs, NM Aggregates, Guzman Construction Solutions, Vulcan Materials Company, Champion Truss, and Coyote Gravel Products.

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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