Four Hills village Park

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: July 2015

This exciting new park is based on the concept that the playground is not limited to a particular area; rather, the entire park is a playground. Inspired by adventure stories, the park does not include turf grass, but is instead heavily planted with a variety of trees to create a shady forest as the setting for play and exploration. Boulder retaining walls create a raised terrace that follows a loop trail around the park. Opportunities abound to leave the ADA sidewalk and dodge through a copse of trees hiding behind trunks, duck into rooms created by masses of ornamental grasses, scramble over boulders between levels, and walk a figurative tightrope along the spine of an old tree trunk. The center of the park includes treehouse-like play equipment that spans a huge area connected by the perimeter forest walk. The park also includes shade structures, exercise stations and a group picnic area located on a terrace overlooking the Tijeras Arroyo and the Sandia Mountains beyond.