Jerry Cline Park
Just across the way from I-40, near Uptown Target, you will find Jerry Cline Park. This Northeast Heights park has a tennis complex that can be seen from the road. However, further exploration of the park will reveal a great play structure that is hidden in a shaded area with a vast green space next to it. There is an extended boardwalk that spans the entire length of the play structure. It is the perfect walkway for toddlers to stretch their legs. There are several picnic tables nearby and the playground is covered by wood chips instead of gravel or sand.
Academy Hills Park
This is another far Northeast Heights park that has two play structures. One is for toddlers, the other for older children. The play area at Academy Hills Park is sanded. There is also a covered area for picnics. There are a lot of mature trees in a huge green area, this helps boost the appeal of the park. But the best aspect of the park is the one-mile natural trail that runs its length.
Manzano Mesa Park
Located on the grounds of Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, this southeast park has clean play structures that are not only new and clean, but layered with wood chips. You will find two separate play structures. There is a lot of shade, many benches that look over the playground, and a covered area for picnics. Lest we forget, a massive green space. There is also the Manzano Mesa Spray park. One downside to this park is there isn’t much to break the wind on windy days. However, Manzano Mesa Park is located close by to Costco.
A Park Above
While this isn’t an Albuquerque park, A Park Above is insanely amazing. On a busy Saturday visit, you may feel overwhelmed with the entire scope of the park and all its options. It is fully inclusive, and accessible. It uses astro turf, with tons of shade. Some of the options is a spray pad, bocce court, swings for kids of all sizes as well as wheelchair accessible swings, dog park, exercise equipment, musical instruments, picnic tables, basketball court, and bathrooms.