Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide Available Now
Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide for summer 2016 has arrived and copies are available for pick up at any Parks and Recreation center, pool, or administration office. Copies also will be available at local libraries or can be viewed online at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks.
The Activity Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, track and field events, sports camps, registration, and the Discount Program. To register, visit www.ezeereg.com. Timely registration is recommended, since summer offerings fill up quickly.
For questions or more information on registration or programs, contact Registration Services at 791-4877.
Himmel Park Beautification Project Completion Celebration
Tucson Parks and Recreation and The Himmel Park Beautification Project Committee invite you to celebrate the newly-renovated landscaping in front of Himmel Park Library. Three years ago, organizers of the Sam Hughes Home Tour began thinking about how to spend some of the proceeds in a highly-visual, sustainable, collaborative, and aesthetic project. What beckoned their attention was the unwelcoming space in front of the well-used Himmel Park Public Library, the oldest branch in the Pima County Library system.
The Himmel Park Beautification Project Committee enlisted input from the UA School of Landscape Architecture to develop a plan, which the public was invited to view and offer suggestions. Continuing with the collaboration goal, the committee partnered with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for design expertise. Northwest Landscaping provided the drip irrigation, created swales and mounds using decomposed granite, set the donor pavers, and oversaw the installation. Tucson Parks and Recreation prepared the site, poured cement foundations, and installed the bike racks and benches. Civano Nursery provided trees and shrubs at a discounted price. Neighborhood artists created bike racks and tiled benches. Edge High School students painted the traffic bollards and Pima County Public Library painted the soffits on the library. On May 21, 62 volunteers gathered to complete the project by planting 130 native plants and shrubs, 12 trees, and spread 62 tons of decomposed granite. Special thanks to Dunn Edwards and Ace Hardware for donating paint and Blake’s Lotaburger for feeding the volunteers.
Funding for this project included partial proceeds from two Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tours and numerous donations from midtown residents, the first of which came from a little boy, for 50 cents. Please come see what a small group of dedicated individuals, in partnership with the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation, can accomplish, using their vision as inspiration to take on similar missions.
Where: Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.
When: Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.
Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager, call 520-837-8032 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Five-Year Master Plan
In July of 2015, the Department kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input are critical to the success of the master plan.
Norris Design, the local consulting firm selected to assist and lead the planning effort, is conducting the public input process. Additional opportunities for input and updates are available through the project website or email. You can find Tucson Parks and Recreation on Facebook or the City of Tucson on Twitter.
Celebrate Park Improvements at Pueblo Gardens Park
City of Tucson Ward 5 Pueblo Gardens Park: This project provided site and playground improvements focused on access for the disabled. Improvements included resurfacing two existing parking lots with ADA spaces, sidewalks throughout the site for access to various amenities, and new, accessible drinking fountains, picnic tables and accessible playground with shade canopy. Funding for this project came from Community Development Block Grant funds of $252,000.
For more information: Contact Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager at 837-8032 or Sierra.Davenport@Tucsonaz.gov
Commemorative Trees Available at Pantano River Park
Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, announce the availability of commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Commemorative trees are available for purchase through Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each (partially tax-deductible), including the tree, irrigation lines and number marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, dedication certificate and guaranteed replacement. Trees may be purchased for dedication honoring special occasions, or in remembrance of any friend or family member.
The new Pantano River Park Commemorative Tree Program is based upon the success of the completed El Paseo de los Arboles commemorative tree project where 600 trees were added on the Santa Cruz River bank. Over the next several years, dedicated trees will restore more than two miles of natural habitat, and will grow to provide shade for users of this multi-use path. More than 275 trees already have been planted of the 570 trees that eventually will fill this park.
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