Celebrating the Royal Road through Martineztown

Sep 27, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where Longfellow Elementary School, 400 Edith NE
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Celebrating the Royal Road through Martineztown
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27
Longfellow Elementary School and Martineztown Park

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is a national historic trail that stretches from El Paso to Santa Fe. The portion that goes along Edith Blvd. in front of Longfellow and the Martineztown Park was developed into an educational resource through a partnership with APS, the City of Albuquerque, Citizens Information Committee of Martineztown and the National Park Service. The project by landscape architects MRWM includes a renovated playground, water-use reduction and a large public plaza.

The park and trail will be dedicated on Tuesday, Sept. 27, as part of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Families, neighbors and history buffs are invited to join Longfellow students and staff as well as APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy, Mayor R.J. Berry and others as they celebrate the rich history of the trail which often serves as an outdoor classroom for students and others interested in learning about the past.

Tuesday’s celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. with an open house at the school, followed by the official dedication at 11 a.m. in the park. As part of the ceremony, Longfellow students will recreate the history of El Camino Real and sing in both English and Spanish.

After the dedication, the public is invited back to Longfellow, where students will sing happy birthday to the National Park Service and enjoy birthday cake and refreshments.

Entertainment will be provided by guest student artists including mariachis and folklorico dancers from Albuquerque High and flamenco dancers from Tierra Adentro charter school.

Students also will have an opportunity to meet with park rangers, artist and others as they learn more about the trail and the National Park Service.