Martineztown on El Camino Real Dedicated at 11 a.m. Tuesday

The portion of the historic trail that runs along Edith Blvd. in front of Longfellow ES and the Martineztown Park has been turned into an educational resource.

Albuquerque New Mexico[Albuquerque, N.M.] – El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (the Royal Road to the Interior Lands) is a national historic trail that stretches from El Paso to Santa Fe. The portion that runs along Edith Boulevard in front of Albuquerque Public Schools’ Longfellow Elementary School and the City of Albuquerque’s Martineztown Park has been 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 park and trail will be dedicated at 11 a.m. 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 Mayor Richard J. Berry, APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy, representatives from the National Park Service, Spain and Mexico, and from and the neighborhood association.

Albuquerque New Mexico public schoolsA daylong celebration surrounding the dedication kicks off at 10 a.m. Tuesday with self-guided tours of the trail that is dotted with plants, interpretive signs, public art, tiles, and historical design elements. There also will be an open house at the school, which has been decorated with student artwork and displays.

During the dedication that begins at 11 a.m. on the park plaza, Longfellow students will sing songs in both English and Spanish and perform a play recreating the history of El Camino Real that stretched more than 1,600 miles, passing through nine Mexican states and nine counties in Texas and New Mexico.

Following the dedication, the public is invited back to Longfellow’s courtyard where students will sing happy birthday to the National Park Service and enjoy birthday cake and refreshments. Entertainment will be provided by mariachis and folklorico dancers from Albuquerque High and flamenco dancers from Tierra Adentro charter school.

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