We hope you are enjoying autumn in Albuquerque. From the golden leaves to balloon filled skies to roasting green chile, there are so many reminders of how truly unique and beautiful this city is.
This year’s Balloon Fiesta saw a record number of attendees, with over 316,000 visitors traveling through Sunport alone. The annular solar eclipse added another outstanding show, an event my family won’t soon forget. We are so grateful for the hard work of our City team and the entire community who made this year’s Fiesta a success.
We also celebrated two years of the Albuquerque Community Safety Department this fall. This department is the first of its kind, dispatching trained responders to 911 and 311 calls for mental and behavioral health, substance use, and homelessness. The stories that the community and our responders share about the department show how this approach is working in Albuquerque, and I invite you to read about a recent call below.
October also brought the opening of the highly anticipated Asia habitat at our Bio Park, giving animals dynamic new environments to call home and our families a world-class experience in the heart of our city. We renovated the Trumbull Child Development Center and reopened the center for kids, giving our littlest learners and their parents needed services in their neighborhood, and we secured funding to continue investing in our open spaces across Albuquerque.
Every day, I see the work our community is doing to fulfill the promise of Albuquerque, writing new chapters in our story. While we certainly have our challenges, there is so much to celebrate and that’s what fuels us as we work towards a better city for our families. We appreciate everyone who shares this vision and drive with us, and we are looking forward to what the future has in store.
Mayor Tim Keller