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Thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Senior Olympic Festival

Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Events include volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more.

PHOTO LIBRARY: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tucsonpics/albums/72157663618020102

Contact: For complete Senior Olympic Festival information visit www.TucsonSeniorGames.org (http://www.tucsonseniorgames.org/ ). Contact Mike Davis at Mike.Davis@tucsonaz.gov or 791-3244 to have a book mailed to you.

Christopher Franklin Carroll Centennial Park Dedication,
Friday, Feb. 12

City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, the El Presidio Neighborhood Association, and Centennial Park Committee, along with Mayor Rothschild, Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, Tucson Water, and countless friends from throughout the community will dedicate Centennial Park in honor of Christopher Franklin Carroll on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Located at 1 W. Paseo Redondo (northwest corner of N. Main and Paseo Redondo), this pocket park will create a pedestrian oasis for citizens and visitors. It features a curved walkway, landscaping, panels to interpret Tucson’s rich history, and is a Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Site.

This commemorative park, more than a decade in the making, has grown out of the combined efforts and generosity of many El Presidio neighbors, friends, city and county representatives, and community organizations. With support from the city, local historical preservation organizations, and the state’s Historical Advisory Commission, what had been a derelict strip of land became an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project and acquired its first name, Centennial Park.

Chris Carroll, a downtown preservationist, developer, and fourth-generation resident of El Presidio, passed away on July 8, 2013. In his professional life, Chris was a Distinguished Professor of English and Chaucer scholar at the University of Arizona, where he taught an array of literature, from the classics to the contemporary. In his personal life, he was a lifelong, ardent advocate of historic preservation in the El Presidio Neighborhood and downtown Tucson, who for decades made major contributions to our community and its citizens through his work on downtown boards, advisory groups, the EPNA council, and other forms of service to the city. Please join us as we celebrate the life of a man whose achievements deserve to be remembered through the enduring beauty of this park that bears his name.

The historic Corbett House, located at 180 N. Main Avenue, will be free and open to the public from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Sierra Davenport at Sierra.Davenport@tucsonaz.gov or call 520-837-8032.


Tucson Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

On Sept. 14, 2015, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation was recognized again for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by achieving national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department originally was accredited by CAPRA in October 2010, and as a requirement of agency accreditation, must go through a review process every five years. READ MORE

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation seeks public input on five-year Master Plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.

In July 2015 the department kicked off a process of information gathering that resulted in a vibrant, new five-year master plan which anticipated future needs and outlined the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input was essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

“Recreation and leisure opportunities are fundamental to a community’s quality of life,” said Fred Gray, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation. “We wanted to hear from residents about the types of programs, facilities and services they want the department to offer.”

Input was gathered through the project website https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/masterplan, or email to parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov. Locations and times for the public open houses will be posted on the project website.

Questionnaires and a survey also are being developed to measure the usage and level of satisfaction with current facilities and programs, and to identify additional recreation and leisure needs.

Norris Design, the local consulting firm selected to assist and lead the planning effort, will conduct the public input process. For more information, email Julie Parizek, Norris Design, at parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov.

For more information and plan updates please visit the planning website at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/masterplan or send an email to parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov. You can find Tucson Parks and Recreation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TucsonParksandRecreation or the City of Tucson on Twitter @CtityofTucson.

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