City unveils landscaping improvement along Tramway trail
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque celebrated an upgraded section of trail in the foothills. The new landscaping along the tram near the Indian School isn’t just a beautification project. It also has water use areas for sustainability as well as an underground network to deter prairie dogs.
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The drought-resistant plants also create a habitat for pollinators. There are educational signs along the way of the benefits of native vegetation and more. “All of the parks, trails, and open spaces are really part of a large outdoor educational school system. And we need to maximize the educational value of everything we do in these places, ”said Dave Simon, director of the city’s parks and recreation division.
They say the area had deteriorated over the years due to erosion from the prairie dogs and invasive tree species. The city says they invested nearly $ 900,000 in landscaping funding.
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“It’s easy to believe that a landscaping project isn’t a big deal, but in some cases the issues go deeper than the aesthetics,” Councilor Don Harris said in a press release. I think Albuquerque is a great city because the neighborhoods that have concerns are dedicated to making improvements with their elected officials. “
The city says that depending on future funding, the project can serve as a pilot program for future landscape improvement projects along the tram corridor.