Friday, October 21, 2005
Gorgeous, Gorgeous Tingley
RTE 66 & THE RIO GRANDE--It's Friday morning and there are maybe 100 people at Tingley Beach. Most everybody is fishing. I had forgetten how much Tingley Beach is absolutely LOVED by Albuquerqueans. Even in Tingley's darkest, most abandoned, most stagnant days it was crowded with people fishing. And now it is a truly beautiful park.
Whoever designed this park deserves a medal. You will love this place! And it is still not finished. Although the official opening has already taken place, most of the features are not completely finished. There is still a lot of open ground, and whatever it is that is being constructed over in the bosque by the river is far from ready. The train is not running. All the new trees are not planted. And workers are still crawling all over the Tingley Beach railroad station.
But you will love it. It is built to stand the test of time: solid...really solid. Also, the designer resisted the temptation to turn the whole thing into a giant parking lot. It has class as well as style; it will age well.
And then, as if things couldn't get any better, I look up and find the first flock of cranes of the season circling above the Biopark. Whew.