We used Ouray’s riverwalk frequently on a recent vacation. We also spent half an hour near Durango’s riverwalk. Albuquerque is unique, but we should look at what these other towns have done, including Farmington and Pueblo, CO.
Tony Anella, an architect and board secretary of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, an environmental group, said he doesn’t oppose improving public access to the bosque, but doing so should be based on conservation science.
“I hope the public will be better informed about what the choices are,” he said of the meeting. “… The issue really is, How do you design that access?”
Barish, one of the leaders of a coalition working on the issue, said it is important to maintain one of Albuquerque’s “wild edges” – a forest and river running through the midst of New Mexico’s largest city. It is part of what “unique sense of place,” he said.
Any city effort should include major habitat restoration efforts, critics argue.