Alamosa Skatepark

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2007

Alamosa Skatepark was commissioned in 2004 to be the City’s second in-ground large scale skatepark. The majority of the City’s other existing skateparks are typical bowls with radiused transitions and limited “streetscape” elements. It draws inspiration from Albuquerque’s extensive arroyo system as well as site specific elements in the City that are now off-limits to skating. Various elements are incorporated in a cohesive site plan that responds to current trends in the sport.

The park is split into two distinctive sections: the Trenches and the Skylit Bowl. The Trenches are described as a “street plaza” with a mix of banks, ledges, walls, stairs, gaps and rails in various combinations. The Skylit Bowl is a large version of the empty swimming pool feature often found in skateparks. The skatepark has multiple entry points, which further enhance the concept of a park in which to skate. Along the south side of the park an existing pedestrian walk provides access to three entry points; an uphill sloped walk, a down-hill sloped ramp and a set of stairs. Two ride-able walks connect the Trenches to the Skylit Bowl, which is connected to a perimeter walk with a crusher fines path. These connections provide easy internal circulation and a sense of openness to the surrounding site.

Among skaters, the response to the park has been highly positive because features of the park mimic places like Civic Plaza and the University of New Mexico, where skating is no longer allowed.  Because of its public, park-like features such as grassy lawns and walkways, it also draws non-skaters, resulting in a wide range of visitors.

Alamosa skatepark has been featured in several magazines and videos, as well as being a case study in the 11th edition of Architectural Graphic Standards.  It was also the site of a national contest and numerous smaller events.  


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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.


Isotopes Ballpark

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2003

with HOK and SMPC Architects

MRWM assisted HOK with site design, parking lots, pedestrian access, and provided design and construction phase services for the stadium exterior and interior general landscaping and irrigation.  The project was executed quickly, with schematic design, construction document development, and construction oversight conducted in 12-14 months. 

We worked in close cooperation with the City Administration and Parks Management staff to design a maintainable landscape that would work into the long-term future. The Park won the "Field of the Year" award from the Sports Turf Managers Association in 2013.


La Luz de Amistad Park

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2010

La Luz de Amistad Park once served as a gateway feature to the City of Albuquerque for visitors entering town along Route 66.  In recent years it had become a run-down shadow of its former self. The City of Albuquerque hired MRWM landscape architects to redesign the park. The project included a complete renovation and recreation of two main plaza spaces; each with artistic features at the center.  The main plaza incorporated a sundial created of pre-cast, colored concrete pavers.  The main plaza also included the addition of benches and whimsical bike racks evocative of a peloton of cyclists, marking the park as the terminus of the Tramway Boulevard bike trail.  A sculptural wall of precast concrete segments and LED accent lighting complete the project making it attractive and inviting to visitors and residents alike.


Martineztown Park

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: Phase II: 2011, Phase III: 2016

MRWM’s involvement in South Martineztown dates back to 1973, with the design and construction of the original park in one of Albuquerque’s most historic neighborhoods.  The park’s construction was an important part of urban revitalization efforts in the early 1970s that transformed a deteriorating residential area that was declared “a blighted slum” and slated for condemnation into a prosperous and vital community at the center of Albuquerque’s urban core.  Most recently, MRWM has served as lead design consultant for the second and third phases of a three-phase renovation effort at the park and adjacent Longfellow Elementary School.  The current improvements are focused on highlighting the park’s location along the original route of the congressionally designated 404-mile El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail.  MRWM is working with the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Public Schools, Citizens Information Committee of Martineztown, and National Park Service to turn the park into an important educational resource for school children, tourists, and community residents through the inclusion of interpretive signage, public art, and historical design elements.   Improvements also include playground renovations, water-use reduction, and a large public plaza.


Pat Hurley Hillside Development

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Completed: 2009

Pat Hurley Park is the site of the Pat Hurley Community Center and two parks with passive and active recreation opportunities. It serves as the gathering place for the community and acts as the bridge between segments of the community divided by a steep escarpment. The Pat Hurley Park Hillside Development presented the challenge of creating pathways and stair routes between parks located over 120 vertical feet apart. The design solution addresses serious erosion problems on the steep hillside. Gabion rock walls (utilizing salvaged material), set into the hill create sturdy, safe routes that blend into the surrounding hillside.  Xeric plantings of native and naturalized plants further the visitor’s feeling of being in a natural landscape. The design also includes a new children’s play area and stage/public gathering space to support the programming of the community center. 

Pat Hurley Hillside was developed in a manner that used its tremendous physical disadvantages and challenges to create a place with the unusual combinations of excitement and beauty, exercise and contemplation, and expressions of traditional and modern elements.  This park serves as an example of comprehensive planning for sustainability, pioneering construction methods, monitoring of long term success, and integration of physical and social program elements.


Robinson Park Renovation

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Completed: 2014

Robinson Park is an historic park in downtown Albuquerque. It was the first park built in Albuquerque after the Old Town Plaza, which dates from the 17th century.  It provided welcome, familiar shade and cool lawns in what was then a dusty frontier town. The park continues to provide an oasis in downtown, as it hosts the weekly Downtown Growers' Market in the summer. This heavy use had taken a toll on the condition of the turf and over time, irrigation efficiency had waned. This renovation addressed these concerns with a simple solution that required detailed analysis and clever problem-solving.  The goal of the project was to widen the existing concrete walk and balance the associated turf removal with added turf coverage elsewhere in the park.  MRWM verified the existing irrigation system with Parks Management and came up with simple retrofit solutions that accomplished the goal.