Academy’s popular trail needs poop cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Runners say the views around Albuquerque Academy are beautiful, but the trail is anything but.

They say they’re jumping over feces and trash, and they want something done.

“Well, it’s a lovely trail, but you know, there has been an increase in the dog poop that we’ve seen walking around,” said Willie Orr.

Orr and his daughter Laurel walk the Academy loop a few times a week.

“Sometimes I don’t pay attention, then I see it when I come home and look at the bottom of my shoe,” said Laurel Orr.

At the trail Monday, there were piles and piles of dog poop. Walkers say it’s gross.

“Especially if you step on it, and that’s not a nice thing,” said Luis Bolanos.

There’s also broken liquor bottles and smashed pop cans along the path.

So, who is responsible for cleaning it up? KRQE News 13 went to the City of Albuquerque and the Academy for answers. The city says it’s only in charge of maintaining the cement portion. The 3.5-mile dirt trail is Albuquerque Academy’s responsibility. The Academy says it does do trash cleanup regularly, but it will not clean up after pets. Officials say it’s up to the pet owners.

KRQE also asked the Academy if it plans on putting in trash bins or offering up trash bags to encourage people to pick up after their pets. The Academy said no.

Runners say if that’s the case, the popular path might not be so popular for much longer.

“I think it’s more of a disrespect toward the community,” said Laurel Orr.

The Academy says it doesn’t have enough resources to clean the trail and the city says it hasn’t received many complaints about its portion, so it has no cleanup plans at this time. The city, however, is willing to explore the possibility of hiring volunteers or utilizing other community resources to help with the issue.

KRQE News 13 also asked the city if it would provide bags like it does at other trails, and officials said not at this time.

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