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A Park Above

Temporary & Partial Closure Alert

Beginning May 9, 2016 and lasting for approximately two weeks, different portions of the A Park Above will be closed for maintenance.  While one area is closed, the remainder of the park will be open and accessible for use.

A Park Above is the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in New Mexico. A Park Above a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play. A Park Above is located on six acres at 2441 Westside Court (off of Westside Boulevard in Rio Rancho).  

A Park Above was constructed to universal design standards to be more “usable” for everyone. The goal of the park design is to create an inclusive social play environment. For more information about universal design, please click here       


A Park Above has state of the art amenities that encourage interaction, inclusion, and growth. 

• Inclusive and accessible play equipment

• Pedestrian path and loop trail

• Play/activity areas with perimeter fencing and special surfacing

• Hill feature with ADA-complaint ramp

• Sport/basketball court area

• Splash pad

• Lighting

• Shade structures

• Bathroom facilities with changing tables

• Outdoor musical instruments

• Adaptive swings/wheelchair swings

• Dog Park

• Amphitheatre

• Labyrinth walking path

• Bocce court

• Outdoor exercise equipment

• Lawn area

• Area with picnic tables

Wheelchair Swings
Wheelchair swings are available, but require the assistance of trained staff. If staff is not available at A Park Above please call 505-219-5684 or 505-892-4499 for assistance. Please do not attempt to enter or exit the wheelchair swing without assistance from one of our volunteers or City of Rio Rancho staff members. 

Rules & Guidelines 

Please help us to keep A Park Above a beautiful, safe place where all children can play. We kindly ask that all guests abide by the following rules and guidelines

• No dogs are allowed, except for service dogs

• No skateboarding

• No food or drink allowed on the fake or artificial turf areas of the park

• No jumpers (inflatables)

• No littering

• No bicycle riding inside of the park

• Bar-b-que grills, and open fires are not allowed

Are Dogs Allowed?
We love dogs, but other than service dogs, we kindly ask that you not bring your dogs inside of the play zones. There is an off leash dog area located on the west side of A Park Above that you are more than welcome to take your dogs to. The dog area has shade, water, benches, as well as a separate area for special needs dogs “small and frail”.

Birthday Parties or Celebrations 

We love seeing families using the Park Above as a place of celebration and, unlike other parks that do charge for a reservation, we are providing the use of our facility for free. This also means that there is no formal reservation system other than showing up, and securing one of the large tables provided in the Picnic Pavilion. Each of these tables will comfortably sit about 6 people and are wheelchair-friendly. In addition to the tables, the grass is a beautiful area to enjoy games and special celebration fun.
We emphatically ask that you follow a few rules:

  1. Please keep your food and drinks confined to the picnic area and do not take food or drinks onto the artificial turf.
  2. Please clean up after yourselves. There is a dumpster on the west side of the park if the trash receptacles in the picnic pavilion become too full.
  3. No grills or grilling.
  4. No fun jumps are allowed.
  5. No silly string. No piñatas. 
  6. No alcohol, or smoking is allowed in the park.

We appreciate the responsibility of our guests and hope to continue offering the use of the park at no charge. Many of our guests travel from far and wide to be able to host a birthday for a child who, because of a disability, was previously unable to enjoy the use of an outdoor space. It is our sincere hope that every guest to the playground cherishes it as we all do. We want it to be magical for years to come. 

School/Group Visits 
Thank you for your interest in bringing your group or classroom to A Park Above.  A Park Above welcomes teachers and group leaders to bring classrooms to the park. We require that groups larger than 20 call to make a reservation.

A Park Above offers dozens of activities that enable students to be actively engaged in learning while playing at the same time. Please call 505-219-5684, 505-892-4499 or email us at to secure a spot for your school/group. When you call to make your reservation please indicate how many guests will be attending including teachers, chaperones, caregivers and students. Also, please indicate how many guests with special-needs will be attending.

Guests are allowed to bring outside food and drinks. The “Chismar Picnic Pavilion” is provided for your group to enjoy lunch at your convenience.

Site Plan Design Rendering
View (searchable PDF)

(on YouTube) a brief video about the A Park Above, which was created and donated by Edit House Productions.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Volunteers work closely with the city staff to assist with programs, maintenance, clean up days, plant care, programs, special events, and much more. To inquire about volunteer opportunities please contact Madeline Torrez at 505-892-4499 or 505-219-5684 or email her at .

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