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Posts Tagged ‘Tingley Beach’

Walking in Our Winter Wonderland

Posted by Jody on January 1, 2013

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Here’s how Greg and I celebrated the last day of 2012 at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque, New Mexico…

It was our second dusting of snow this season!  -Click on any photo to enlarge and scroll through.

~~~Happy 2013 to one and all!~~~

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When Tingley Beach Was Really a Beach (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Posted by E.G.D. on November 21, 2011

Tingley Beach, as it looks today (© Jody Diehl)

Back in the early days of this website, Jody did a very  nice article on New Mexico’s beaches.  In this article, she said “don’t be fooled!  [Tingley Beach] isn’t a ‘beach’ at all,” but it was a beach until 1951, when it was closed due to “bacteria and the fear of contracting polio.”  On a recent trip to Las Vegas, NV, Jody and I caught up with a very lovely and lively woman who was once Tingley Beach‘s only female lifeguard!  Her name is Janet, and she was one of four lifeguards working at Tingley Beach in its final years as a swimming beach.

Janet DuBois in 1950 at Tingley Beach (photo taken by Janet’s sister)

According to Janet, in her day the water at Tingley Beach was 12+ feet deep, and “it was the ‘in’ place!”  It had two anchored rafts, and “the tower, on the island with the diving board.”  She says the lifeguards “used to flip coins to see who would get the island.  That was where the shade was!”

To become a lifeguard, Janet says she “took a course at the YMCA, from the Red Cross,” and it apparently served her well.  She told us that “one time, this man was pulled in, and I was so proud of myself.  In the water you’re weightless!  A little five-foot person could pull in a 200 lb man.”  Aside from that one incident, though, she says there really was very little “saving” necessary on the part of the lifeguards.

Janet, who knew that we were interested in her times at Tingley Beach from previous visits and conversations, very kindly had a whole folder of old photographs compiled and ready to hand to us when we visited with her earlier this month.  Most of the photographs were from the Albuquerque Museum Archive’s Flickr page, so you can see them, too, if you follow the link!  In the images, the place is a truly lively beach park, and in one photograph, a sign reads “Swimming in Albuquerque’s Bathing Beach… Inspected daily by health dept.  Boats-Canoes-Beach Chairs-Umbrellas.”  Sounds like a fun and safe way to spend a hot summer day in Albuquerque to me!  It’s really too bad that since they re-opened Tingley Beach in the twenty-first century, the water is exclusively for fishing and pedal boating.  In happy news, though, Tingley Beach  is still a lovely place for a beachy picnic, and as of November 1st of this year, there are grills in the picnic area that are open for public grilling.

To close, I would like to share with you a picture of our featured lifeguard, then and now:

Janet in 2011 displaying Janet in 1950 (© Jody Diehl)

Her hair style has barely changed at all, and her smile is just as pretty!  Happy beachgoing and beach-nostalgia memories to all- E.G.D.

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New Mexico’s Beaches: Desert Gems

Posted by Jody on July 25, 2011

Believe it or not, we really do have some wonderful recreational beaches in New Mexico! These are just a few of the cool choices you’ll have when you visit us here in the desert!

*Bottomless Lakes State Park*

If you take the 15 mile scenic drive from Roswell,  New Mexico, to Bottomless Lakes State Park, you’ll be very glad you did!  Surrounded by beautiful, high red bluffs, this area was set aside in 1933 as New Mexico’s first state park.  This park is truly one of New Mexico’s best natural treasures.

There are actually seven lakes located within the boundaries of this 1400 acre of the park.   The lakes range in depth from 17 ft. to 90 ft. Lea Lake, the deepest of the lakes at 90 feet, is the only one of the Bottomless Lakes where swimming is allowed.  Lea Lake is spring fed, and the water is cool and crystal clear. It’s no surprise that this lake has also become quite popular with the scuba crowd, due to the clarity of the water.  During the summer months, pedal boats and paddle boards can be rented for a fee. (But you can always build a sandcastle for no extra charge.) This New Mexico swimming beach is well maintained, and life guards are on duty in the summer.

Click here for the Bottomless Lakes State Park brochure.

*Lake Carlsbad Beach Park*

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert along the beautiful Pecos River lies the “Pearl on the Pecos”: the friendly City of Carlsbad, New Mexico.  And in the heart of this desert city you’ll find Lake Carlsbad Beach Park. Some might consider this 1000 ft. stretch of beach less than a “treasure,” but believe me, after a day of exploring in the scorching New Mexico sun, you’ll be happy to settle in under the shady trees of Lake Carlsbad Beach Park and enjoy the cool waters of this little swimming beach, located within the 125.6 acres of The Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area! The swim area is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, when lifeguards are on duty from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Here’s the link to Lake Carlsbad Beach Park.

*Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, New Mexico*

Tingley Beach, as it looks today (© Jody Diehl)

Don’t be fooled!  This isn’t a “beach” at all. It’s really a series of small ponds. Although this is a lovely family recreation area, this New Mexico beach has been closed to swimmers since the 1950’s.  Tingley Beach, part of the Albuquerque BioPark system, was built by diverting water from the Rio Grande in the 1930’s.  A major reconstruction of Tingley Beach began over a decade ago, and The Albuquerque BioPark was presented the  “2008 North American Conservation Award” by the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the Tingley Beach Restoration Project.  Click here if you’d like to find out more about Tingley Beach.

Happy Treasure Beach Hunting in the Land of Enchantment!

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