ABQ Locals - Weigh in on ways to improve Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta is seeking your feedback - positive and negative. Please take a few minutes and complete their online survey accessible here. This feedback will be reviewed by Balloon Fiesta management and will be acted upon.

If you aren't interested in sharing your thoughts in a survey format, please feel free to add comments to this blog post as well.

Thank you for your time and help.


The Balloon Fiesta Team

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Tags: albuquerque, balloon, events, fiesta, local

Comment by once banned twice shy on June 25, 2009 at 2:19pm
The number one way to improve the Balloon Fiesta? BAN AUTOMOBILES (except for handicapped persons and balloon chase vehicles) FROM THE PARK. Force people to use the damn park and ride...or they can bike! Yes, there is a bike path which runs along the North Diversion Channel that will take you directly to the Balloon Fiesta Park.

No, I am not kidding. The amount of stupid traffic and pollution caused by everyone driving to one spot for a week is ridiculous. Have plentiful park and ride locations all throughout the city and make the Balloon Fiesta Park car-free...
Comment by slamwagon on June 25, 2009 at 9:46pm
Ticket those individuals.
Comment by ABQDWELL on June 25, 2009 at 10:08pm
Rail Runner stop at the park.
Comment by shotsie on June 26, 2009 at 1:54pm
I agree with the Railruner stop, or have a dedicated bus service to the RR stop. The RR would need an early service from Santa Fe for the tourists who want to stay there, but see the show.

Also, I recommend that the 2nd weekend be dedicated to local fundraising - ala Tucson Meet Yourself - http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/ It's a wonderful event in Tucson, where tens of thousands of people come out and eat all the various ethnic cuisines and watch and listen to local ethnic musical/dance groups perform. I get tired of the carnival atmosphere here - greasy fried foods and hokey country music. I want some kids doing Thai dancing and some hot green curried vegie's, dammit!
Comment by jeff on June 26, 2009 at 2:06pm
i agree with shotsie on eliminating the state fair redux quality. perhaps some more permanent facilities would be in order, though i'm not sure now is the time to hope for that.

here's one though: how about the park erects a large tent that features food sales. one purchases tickets to enter the tent and the food is already portioned out, one simply redeems tickets for food so the line moves quickly. different vendors could then just rent table space and have their cooking setups nearby. sort of an international food fiesta to corresponding to the international balloon fiesta?

that and not completely shutting off alameda to through traffic...
Comment by AugustinerBrau on June 26, 2009 at 5:51pm
In the vein of parking at the Fiesta, one thing that has always irritated me is that it's cheaper for me to Drive & Park (D&P) and than it is to take the Park & Ride(P&R). Parking is $10 per car. Day of event tickets for the P&R is $15 per person. If I'm going to the Fiesta with two other people it's $45 if I take the P&R option while it's only $28 if I go the D&P. If you get your tickets for the P&R 6 hours in advance, you still pay $2 more than the D&P.

If it cost {gasp} less to use the P&R option, more people would utilize it.

The obvious solution is to make parking more expensive. The city did this in 2006 when they doubled the parking fee. That didn't make much of a dent in traffic as people can do the math and realize the D&P is still cheaper. A better solution is to make the P&R option cheaper. Do this by offering a group discount. Make it so that you'd have to pack 4 or more people into a car before it would be cheaper than the park & ride option. You'll still have loads of people who will want to drive for the convenience.

If the state can afford to subsidize the RR-Express, the city of Albuquerque should be able to lower their prices for groups.
Comment by Scooter Says on June 28, 2009 at 3:39pm
Albuquerque is supposedly host to the "worlds biggest balloon event" but the Balloon Fiesta grounds make it look like we're a third world country. Examples, poorly paved parking, concrete jersey walls everywhere, rickety chain link fencing, random poles sticking up everywhere, and no real bathrooms! No, this is not what makes New Mexico charming.

I vote for taking a bulldozer to the place and starting over.
Comment by ABQDWELL on June 28, 2009 at 4:08pm
Plus the drive to the fairgrounds off of the I-25 and along Alameda is pretty ugly. You've got un-landscaped medians, car dealerships and crappy strip mall development along the drive. I always thought that instead of spending the money on the reflecting pool at the grounds they should creatively mark the drive to the fairgrounds along Alameda. Brand the area/drive as unique and interesting similar to Rio Grande Blvd. leading to Old Town. Maybe have some interesting balloon sculptures/art that is visible from the I-25 and that marks the Alameda exit. Then incorporate the balloon theme in the median landscaping leading to the entrance. We've all seen what a difference the Big I landscaping has made on the way locals and visitors experience ABQ from the freeway. It's sad that an area as naturally beautiful as ABQ can look so unsightly from the freeway.
Comment by Gabriel Nims on June 29, 2009 at 11:02am
The grass is much nicer than when it used to be on dirt. Real bathrooms would be a big plus. Pedestrian walkways into the park from parking and bust stops are really crappy and even dangerous. There are never enough tables to eat your big sloppy breakfast burrito. Most of all- I think they should investigate the timing of the fiesta. The first 10 days of October always seem to be blustery, but the weeks around Fiesta always seem more calm. Would be nice if less events were cancelled due to weather- but those cancelled days do allow tourists to spend their money elsewhere in the state. While living in Santa Fe, I remember days on the plaza packed with Fiesta tourists from ABQ when the balloons didn't fly.
Comment by Balloon Fiesta on July 15, 2009 at 2:05pm
Your feedback has been extremely valuable - thank you. Wanted to share with you news regarding a bike path's completion that will connect with Balloon Fiesta Park. Please see blog post here. Thanks!

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