Río Fernando Park is the newest public green space in Taos

Rio Fernando Park Courtesy photo/Taos Land Trust

Addendum: The print version of this story in the Sept. 27 edition of The Taos News included information for an upcoming matanza feast, which was included in a press release from the organization. However, the event is not open to the public.

Río Fernando Park is the newest public green space in Taos. After an intensive, yearlong, community-centered planning process, the Taos Land Trust will soon reveal the final master plan for the 20-acre park.

“There was no way we could plan a community park without Taoseños being at the core of the process,” said Kristina Ortez, executive director of the Taos Land Trust in a statement. “Taos is a diverse, creative town, and we wanted to pull on those strengths to make this park something that will benefit all of us and demonstrate the resiliency and hope for this community.”

In late 2015 the nonprofit Taos Land Trust, with help from the LOR Foundation, purchased the old Romo farm along the Río Fernando in the center of Taos. In 2017, they kicked off a yearlong public outreach effort to develop a comprehensive master plan based on community ideas.

“This landscape is unique. There is nothing like it,” Ortez said. “Right here in the center of Taos we have an acequia, a stretch of river, wetland and a wide open area for unstructured play, agricultural demonstration and community events.”

The Taos Land Trust, which turns 30 years old next year, protects thousands of acres of wildlife rich landscapes and agricultural land across Northern New Mexico.

Located 1 mile from the center of downtown, the property contains 7 acres of wetlands along the Río Fernando de Taos and approximately 13 acres of urban forest and land once used for agriculture and ranching.

The master planning and initial restoration work for the park is supported by the National Recreation and Parks Association, LOR Foundation, Taos Ski Valley Foundation and New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps.

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