ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There’s more trail for bikers to travel on in northeast Albuquerque. The Parks and Recreation Department made the official opening Saturday.

The department officials opened the Cooper Multi-Use Trail, which runs between Eubank and Wyoming. A state senator, students from a local elementary, and the director of the Parks and Recreation Department attended the ribbon cutting.

The .75-mile trail will help prevent erosion with planting and mulching. There are all new curbs, pavement, and sidewalks. A new irrigation system was also put in place.

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The project cost a little more than $800,000 overall, and officials said it is money worth spending to provide another incentive for workers and companies to come to the city.

“The Copper Trail joins our outstanding system of off-street trails that is a huge asset to our City,” said Dave Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation, “The Copper Trail will provide great benefits to the neighborhood and a safe route to schools and parks.”   

According to officials, some companies look to relocate to the area, and they often look for a quality of life for their workers and residents. The modern-day employer is looking for something like a trail to benefit the area, they said.

“It was most beautiful to see how the neighborhood came together to make this all possible; seeing the collaboration between City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department, the members of the South Los Altos Neighborhood Association and the members of Hawthorne Elementary,” said Senator Mimi Stewart.

The department also announced the start of the 2nd Street Alameda Drain Trail Project. The first phase of the project will take about 6 months, and it will cover more than 2.5 miles.