Tingley Ponds were constructed by the City of Albuquerque in the 1930’s
as a recreational aquatic area that was hydrologically connected to the
Rio Grande. The construction of flood control levees on both sides of
the ponds as part of the Rio Grande Floodway Project, degraded the pond
hydrology, habitat value and recreational uses of the ponds.
to public concern and efforts by the City of Albuquerque, a project was
conceived to restore habitat and passive recreational value to the Tingley
Ponds and adjacent Bosque. Approximately 18 acres of pond restoration
and peripheral wetlands would include improvement of native and non-native
aquatic habitat and reduction of erosion and sedimentation through bank
stabilization. Native and non-native fish will be stocked in the Tingley
ponds by the City of Albuquerque. Education and passive recreation will
also be a large aspect of this project.
The Albuquerque Biological Park
will develop interpretive programs that describe the functions and values
of wetland habitats within the context of the middle Rio Grande valley.
Observation areas close to the wetland communities would be used to educate
observers to the wetland ecosystems and wildlife.
In addition to increasing
fishing opportunities at the ponds, a defined trail system is proposed
for the area, which would be used by bicyclists and hikers, and will be
ADA accessible. The trail system would also provide rest areas that support
passive recreational activities, including bird watching, photography
and general aesthetic appreciation.
The Albuquerque Biological Park Tingley Ponds project is located south of the Central Avenue Bridge on the East side of the Rio Grande.
The Tingley Ponds are located east of the Paseo del Bosque, and the proposed wetlands will be located to the west of the levee in the Bosque.