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.

Heavy use had taken a toll on the condition of the turf over time, and irrigation efficiency had waned. The renovation addressed these concerns with a simple solution that required detailed analysis and clever problem-solving.  In addition, the existing concrete walk was widened to better accommodate weekend crowds, andthe associated turf removal was balanced with added turf coverage elsewhere in the park.  

MRWM worked with Parks Management and the existing irrigation system and came up with economical retrofit solutions that improved the overall appearance and use of the park. Its historic qualities are preserved while its contemporary use is improved and celebrated.