The 13th Annual Spring Clean-up in the Sandia Foothills

Posted at: 04/02/2013 9:08 PM


ALBUQUERQUE- In the Sandia Foothills Open Space, you can enjoy 2,650 acres of high desert landscapes and multi-use trails open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders.  The Sandia Foothills are also the gateway to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness and offer many opportunities to enjoy nature.  During the month of April you can help protect these landscapes by participating in the 13th Annual Spring Clean-up in the Foothills.  "I urge the citizens of Albuquerque to get outdoors and join the Parks and Recreation Department's Open Space Division in its annual spring cleaning of this local treasure," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.   

WHAT:  Volunteers will do general clean-up activities such as trash pickup, trail work and graffiti removal.  Donated morning snacks are provided, courtesy of the Open Space Alliance and other local organizations and businesses.  There will be door prizes a prize awarded for the most unusual trash found each Saturday!

WHEN:  Work days will be at the following locations east of Tramway Blvd. 

¨       April 6 at Copper

¨       April 13 at Indian School

¨       April 20 at Menaul

¨       April 27 at the Piedra Lisa Open Space (south of Candelaria and east of Camino de la Sierra)

Volunteers start sign in at 8:30am and work finishes around 12:30pm.  Groups are welcome, but parking is limited so PLEASE CARPOOL!  For groups larger than 10 people, please register by calling 452-5213 or email   BRING:  Work gloves, water, appropriate clothing, sun protection, a sack lunch, and sturdy shoes (no sandals). 

In conjunction with our Foothills spring cleaning and Earth Day, we're celebrating our 5th Annual Recycled Art Fair Exhibit.  The Fair will take place on April 27th and 28th at the Open Space Visitor Center, located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, 87120.

Call 505-452-5200 or see for more information about this event and other City of Albuquerque Open Space volunteer opportunities.