Westbluff Park is a small city park I designed 20 years ago, while an employee of COPA; construction completed 1996-ish.
After I moved to the far end of town from near the park, I rarely drove by – a handfull of times, either mid-winter or on a mid-summer’s day. But on a recent trip through the Duke City, I stopped with a residential client by my side looking at a few projects I worked on, it was tolerable after sunset.
Westbluff Park on the Albuquerque West Mesa, 7/18/2014 –
My idea was sculpture-less (can you believe that?). My Gutierrezia sarothrae / Snakeweed long gone, but not her sotols!
fusiformis virginiana / Escarpment Southern Live Oak R was my idea. Not sure why, as they belong in lawns and not mesa sand scrub, but it’s doing well, in need of some structural pruning out.
That oak, 1 of 4, I had to fight for, with facts and figures that it was “hard-yyy”.
The Sandia Mountains are part of the Mexican Highlands, which are part of the Basin and Range or Intermountain area.
Not Missoula. Nor is the lazy river anymore a rushing mountain river, like it is near Taos.
Another hot summer evening, the way it’s supposed to be; that day’s storms forming far away, only the cloud tops visible.
My client’s first time here…no wonder the hard-to-reach street this park is on is named “Vista Grande”.
For orientation, my last house is 12 miles distant, where the Sandia Mountains end, lined up at about the railing’s middle upright. And my first house is 1/2 mile to your back.
My design’s Bouteloua gracilis is still there, but not maintained optimally to blend better with the surrounding desert. You cannot cure lawn worship, as it’s a sign of larger issues, but you have to try.