I am hopeful that Albuquerque does not actually build a river walk on the Rio Grande. The Mayor announced that as a possibility today. I know that San Antonio did it and it is a center piece of commerce in that city. At the same time our city might be one of few left in the country that has a relatively wild river still running through it. The trail system along side the Rio is a nature walk in which one can see coyotes, beaver, owls, eagles, foxes and other human beings. It is very unique for a city our size and I hope Mayor Berry opts out of putting fast food on its shores.
Trying to get things done on the Rio is close to impossible at best anyway. The overlapping juridstictions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District who claims ownership(unproven), and other agencies such as the State Engineer, Fish and Wild Life Service, and State Parks will make things more difficult. The amount of money spent in meetings and courtrooms will outstrip the development. I think it might be better to put money into sports complexes, bike trails and other amenities.