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Bachechi Open Space Park, Bernalillo County

Sites Southwest is working with Bernalillo County on the implementation design of the previously completed Master Plan for this 35 acre parcel in Albuquerque's North Valley. The Bachechi site is adjacent to the nation's largest cottonwood bosque and the 20 mile long Rio Grande Valley State Park. Currently in the design phase, the project showcases an urban forest park which allows users which include bicyclists, hikers, equestrians and master naturalist's to access the Open Space and the larger Rio Grande Valley State Park. The program includes the creation of a sustainable urban forest of primarily Rio Grande Valley native plants with wildlife viewing, picnicking and hiking. A small Education Building is being design to facilitate small classroom events, community meeting spaces and research with organizations like BEMP. Roof water from the Education Building will be directed to above ground cisterns and used as supplemental irrigation for the surrounding landscape. On site earthwork is a very key component to the success of this project. Numerous moist soil depressions and xeric depressions have been created to harvest water from surrounding surfaces. .

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