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Tasty Tuesdays & Wednesdays Bite:
Summer (Food Truck) Gatherings In The Park

MetroABQ Public Art: "The Monument" on a North Valley Roundabout

MetroABQ Public Art Installation
There is a very interesting on-the-way, quick-stop public art piece that sits in the middle of a roundabout on the edge of the North Valley, worth checking out. Indian School & Menaul Blvds are city-wide arterials that start around Tramway & parallel each other over 10 miles before coming together at this public artwork roundabout east of Rio Grande Blvd. Another image is here.

From the City of ABQ Public Art website: The project, developed by The City of Albuquerque’s Public Art Program, was funded through the 1% for the Arts ordinance. Located in the roundabout at Indian School & the Menaul Extension, behind the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the work, entitled “Monument,” by Ed Haddaway, is a medley of parts that resemble an imaginary machine.

Map of MetroABQ City-Wide Public Art Installations; more images are here.


Summer Dinner In The Park:

Tasty Tuesdays & Wednesdays Bite!
Food (Trucks), Yoga, Music & lots & lots of kids having a blast!... 

     Tasty Tuesdays is fantastic! It's an evening summer gathering in Hyder Park--adjacent to Bandelier Elementary School--on Tuesdays of course, generally to eat dinner & listen to music on the grass in the shade of 75 year old trees. One Tasty Tuesday this month seemed to draw probably 750-1000 folks. There was a band, folks dancing in front & others playing frisbee, seven or eight food trucks & food stalls lining the packed roadway, a large group on the hill all clasped their hands to their chests in unison, in the Ashtanga Yoga class that began at 6p. Many families with children & other groups spread out across the north-western section of the park facing the musicians like a natural amphitheater.

It's a weekly mid-week festival. The organizers of Tasty Tuesdays started in 2012 with one food truck & a dream...& it's grown immensely since. The park is over 4 acres, so plenty of room for all.
The food trucks are a huge draw & were very busy the whole time. There's a variety of offerings, from appetizers to deserts, crepes to smoking barbeque trucks. Bring your own drinks--there's a lot of patrons & sometimes the vendors run out of waters, so again, bring your own beverages...many folks carry opaque water bottles with water & other beverages.
The weather was warm, nice in the copious shade, the dinner was great, a little helado for dessert, folks played hacky-sack, little ones ran around & in-between groups chasing each other & making new friends. The scene was very entertaining & it's exciting to see this type of gathering in the middle of a neighborhood park. I can't wait for the next Tasty Tuesday...

Wednesdays Bite! 
Netherwood Park's Dinner in the (Netherwood) Park

Wednesdays Bite is Netherwood Park's weekly gathering of neighbors & a great dinner-time destination for anyone else. The little cousin to Tasty Tuesdays, Wednesdays Bite has a few food trucks, some music & maybe 100 folks sitting in the abundant shade relaxing Wednesdays after 5p. It's a decidedly low-key gathering; the food is fresh & fun, & the park itself is pretty amazing, image above.

Netherwood Park, tucked discreetly north of Indian School & Girard Blvd, is a pocket neighborhood you may never have noticed. Discover it now: the park is 5.3 acres, so pretty large by UrbanABQ standards, & it sits on a hillside with acres of grass & trees along the edge. Laying in the cool grass after the food truck dinner experience, I realized that in the general serenity of the park, the city of ~750,000+/- residents spreads out & Netherwood Park is practically in the middle of it all.
If you haven't seen the park, it's a great place to explore... 
Roosevelt Park
Other Weekday-Gatherings-In-The-Park opportunities are unfolding in neighborhoods with prominent parks. Scrumptious Thursdays is a fledgling Food Truck/Picnic in Roosevelt Park, west of the CNM Main Campus. The Sycamore & historic Silver Hills neighborhoods intersect there & both lay claim to the park, with good reason. Roosevelt Park is a stunning MetroABQ Historic Landmark, designed during the Great Depression & created by an arm of the WPA. The park is an impressive 14.78 acres with the best-known frisbee golf course in the southwest.

Stunning Parkland Hills Mid-Century Modern home sitting on .30acres of lush gardens & greenspaces. Come see this wonderful home Sunday August 12th, from 1-3p.

600 Montclaire Drive SE, in Parkland Hills.
Click on the image below to the 3-D Walking Tour page.
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