in order to build a sense of community among neighbors,
to address particular issues that are specific to the neighborhood, to provide Oso Grande residents with an effective
communication link with government officials, and to
empower residents to work together in improving our neighborhood.
A neighborhood association is not like a homeowner’s association. OGNA is not an organization that can or wants to enforce any rules; it is simply a group of Oso Grande residents who care to volunteer a little free time to make and keep Oso Grande nice. It’s also a group of people who want to better know and help out their neighbors.
Our major activities include: OGNA Meetings, Summer Picnic, Park and Natural Space Clean-up Days, Crime Watch Groups, and OGNA Coffee & Chat.
General Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19th, from 6:30-8:30pm, at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room #1. Come hear Joran Viers, Albuquerque City Forester, speak about trees and their maintenance in the Oso Grande area. We will also discuss the Pollinator Habitat in the natural space, crime in the area, and plans for 2015. Please join us!
ANNOUNCING THE OPENING OF THE OSO GRANDE POLLINATOR HABITAT!
Oso Grande Neighborhood Association (OGNA), Native Plant Society of New Mexico-Albuquerque Chapter (NPSNM), and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department collaborated during the past year on a project in Bear Canyon’s Oso Grande Natural Space that includes a pollinator reserve, walking trails, and habitat restoration. NPSNM was awarded a $10,000 grant by the PNM Resources Foundation in celebration of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. The Habitat, located in a fenced-in area of the Natural Space just east of the playground in El Oso Grande Park, should help restore the area for pollinators, which will greatly enhance this urban wild space as well as nearby home gardens.
The planting and trails restoration phases of the project were completed over three Saturdays in June 2014 by some 95 dedicated volunteers from OGNA, NPSNM, the City, and other interested participants. They planted 133 native shrubs, trees, and perennials, installed rabbit-proof cages around plants, ensured that drip lines were in place and working, and created trails throughout the area.
A final volunteer day was held on Saturday, September 13th, from 8:00am-11:30am, to do Fall plantings, invasive weed control, and other activities.
We would like to thank all participants for their considerable time, efforts, funds, and goodwill towards this project! We believe it aptly reflects PNM Foundation’s stated goal in selecting projects, as stated on their website, as one which will “promote environmental stewardship and/or community improvements to public spaces.”