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More open space for ABQ residents to enjoy

Mayor Tim Keller tours properties in Tijeras Arroyo that were acquired Saturday by Albuquerque’s Open Space Division. (Source: City of Albuquerque)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city of Albuquerque has staked its claim on two parcels of land east of Kirtland Air Force Base that will add 38 acres to the city’s open space property. The ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday fell on the 35th anniversary of the Open Space Division.

“The unparalleled beauty of the open space in and around Albuquerque is what helps make our city the amazing place it is,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a news release. “These additions to our open space network will help us protect Albuquerque’s natural heritage and ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy it as well.”

The Logan Ranch and Chant properties – both situated in the Tijeras Arroyo of Southeast Albuquerque – were bought for $630,000 with money from impact fees, according to the news release.

Previously owned by the Logan family, the 21.4-acre Logan Ranch property has a variety of artifacts and history from ancestral Pueblo, Spanish Colonial and Anglo/Euro-American settlers. The 16.7-acre Chant property is adjacent to the city’s Route 66 Open Space and part of a popular wildlife corridor utilized by raptors, deer, bobcats and other wildlife.

“Getting out into open space is one of the best things someone can do to ensure a happy and healthy life,” Dave Simon, director of Parks and Recreation, said in the news release. “We’re thrilled to add these new properties to our more than 29,000 acres of Open Space.”

According to the news release, Open Space developed the Tijeras Arroyo Biological Zone Resource Management Plan in 2007 to protect natural and cultural resources as well as the wildlife habitat in the largest arroyo in the city. It took into account the various vegetation, water availability and other factors identified in resource studies to decide which properties the city should acquire.

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