Pick your favorite ABQ park
Yowza! There are a lot of parks in the Duke City. Like almost 300 of them. So it's really cool that Kate Hollander took the time to put them all into a little guidebook called Albuquerque's Public Parks, Community Centers and Public & Prescription Trails: The Guide Book.
The Guide Book is handy for sure. It tells you everything you need to know about your local park. For example, Noreste Park has an arroyo, benches, trees and is accessible from ABQ Ride #31. It's also easy to poke fun at though. Roosevelt Park has play equipment with new mulch. Um. Whoo? Now, I don't have kids so maybe I don't understand why "new mulch" is awesome. I also don't get why some listings, say Piedra Lisa Dam, list grass while Paseo de Estreall Park doesn't. Instead it lists "field." Field of what? Weeds?
I also noticed that very few parks in town have bike racks, which seems weird. Aren't outdoorsy/bike type people more likely to go to a park? Why not list parking lots?
I'm not trying to be picky here. The Guide Book is awesome. Things such as Martineztown Park being "a small, hilly park in a school and residential zone" is actually really useful. A soccer ball and a boom box aren't going to fit in here. It's just kinda weird to read a book that's also a list.