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Bachechi Open Space Park, Bernalillo County

The project showcases an urban forest park which allows users which include bicyclists, hikers, equestrians to access the Open Space and the larger Rio Grande Valley State Park. The program includes the creation of a sustainable urban forest made up of primarily Rio Grande Valley native plants with wildlife viewing, picnicking and hiking. Roof water is collected from all on site buildings, directed to above ground cisterns and used as supplemental irrigation for the surrounding landscape. On site earthwork is a very key component to this project. Numerous moist soil depressions and xeric depressions have been created to harvest water from surrounding surfaces. These depressions mimic bosque plant palettes and help to sustain not only the plant materials with collected water but also encourage surrounding wildlife to move into the spaces. All grading has been designed so as to collect water from hard-surfaces and use it in the landscape. The objective of this project is to have all rainfall stay on the site. Other features of the Bachechi site include a boardwalk with viewing wildlife blinds near the wetlands, a recreation of the old pecan orchard and a working arboretum with both passive and active uses.

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