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ADA-Accessible Bosque Path Completed

ADA-Accessible Bosque Path Completed

The two-year, $2 million project makes four-mile stretch of the Bosque accessible to anyone using a wheelchair or walker.

People with physical disabilities now have easy access to a four-mile length of the Bosque in Albuquerque.

On Tuesday, Mayor Richard Berry and disability advocates announced the completion of the ADA-accessible Bosque path, which now runs from Central on the south to Montano on the north.

The two-year, $2 million project now makes that stretch of the Bosque accessible to anyone who uses a wheelchair or walker, and to those who want to push a child in a stroller through the Bosque.

The crusher-fine path was completed in four phases.

“As mayor of Albuquerque it has been my mission to find innovative ways to allow residents of all abilities to enjoy our parks and recreational facilities,” Berry said in announcing the completion of the project. “The completion of this crusher-fine path does just that, giving people of all abilities a chance to explore the Bosque better, whether on foot or wheels.”

In a news release about the project, the city said, “an ongoing environmental impact study conducted by SWCA Environmental Consultants shows the improvement of the trail surface in 2015 and 2016 had no detectable effects on trail-side soils, vegetation or birds. These findings are based on trail monitoring evaluation criteria established in 2014 that determines whether trail construction and subsequent visitor use would have measurable impacts.”

Berry said that while the project is mostly complete, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will be constructing an additional 1,000 feet of crusher-fine trail linking the Central and Tingley parking area to the overlook deck at Tingley Beach. Work on that area is expected to begin in the coming months.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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