Current Events

The Friends of the Sandia Mountains recently completed a restoration project on a historic pavilion in the Doc Long Picnic Area. The project was featured in a story on KOB-TV, aired on May 17.



Our meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month from April to October (meetings are not held November through March) at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras, featuring an informative presentation on subjects pertinent to our mission.


Next Friends Meeting: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7 pm

Speaker: John Barney, Planning Manager, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation

Topic: RE-CREATING RECREATION: Open Space and the Pursuit of Community Wellness

Re-creating Recreation speaks to shifting the discussion around Parks and Open Space from traditional recreational activities to a more activist orientation to community health. Because they address community health, the Bernalillo County Parks Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and the Bernalillo County Greenprint represent a departure from similar projects in other communities in the region. How do we make the healthy choice the easy choice in our open space program thru giving more people access to the outdoors for wellness activities, creating more opportunities to grow local food and providing opportunities to restore a connection to place? What does the shift in the approach to our Open Space program from one that primarily focuses on the conservation of natural lands to one that includes community wellness mean for acquisition strategies, facility development priorities and programming opportunities? What are example projects that illustrate this shift in the East Mountains and elsewhere in the County? Is this not in fact a return to the origins of local green space in urban communities? And is not the restoration of health of self also consistent with a healthy connection to place? These are some of the questions the presentation aspires to answer!

Bio: John Barney is the Leslie Knope (from Parks & Rec the Sitcom) of Bernalillo County. He is responsible for managing the capital project planning for County Parks, Recreation and Open Space from land acquisition through planning and design to construction of new facilities. His most significant accomplishment at the County has been the undertaking of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Facilities Master Plan, which incorporated principles of Community Health as the decision-making framework for developing policies and prioritizing future capital projects. His other major recent projects include the Bernalillo County Greenprint, the South Valley Community Complex Master Plan and the Regional Indoor Sports Complex Master Plan. Mr. Barney teaches part-time in the School of Architecture and Planning. He is also a published poet, an avid live sketcher and an artist who has shown work at a number of venues in Albuquerque and around the country.

Space is limited to 50. We recommend you arrive early.
Doors close when we reach capacity or at 7pm.