Parks and Recreation Stake Holder Focus Groups

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

This July the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a 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 essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

As a component of the planning process, a series of focus group meetings with community leaders and residents will be held to assess current and future needs. Because we value your opinion, we invite you to participate in one of these focus groups. The meetings will consist of approximately 10-20 participants and may last up to 60 minutes. The purpose of these meetings is to assess customer satisfaction, parks, recreation and open space needs of the community, and issues that should be addressed in the master plan. With a focus group, there are never wrong answers, so everybody is encouraged to participate and freely express their thoughts.

The focus group meetings will take place on September 9th, 10th and 17th at the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration Building-Mesquite Room, located at 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716. To accommodate your busy schedule, if you cannot attend your group’s assigned meeting time, please feel free to attend any of the meeting days or times listed below.

Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian Groups: (Cycling and Riding Groups, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Living Streets Alliance, Pima Trails Association, Running Clubs, Mountain Biking, Equestrian Groups and Clubs, etc.)

Location

Date

Time

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

12:30-1:30 pm

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

8:00-9:00 am

 

National and Regional Agencies/Groups: (AZ Game and Fish, AZ State Lands, US Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Society, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Watershed Management Group, Green Committee of Realtors, Tree Council, Conservation Corps, Center for Biological Diversity, International Dark-Sky Association, etc.)

Location

Date

Time

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

2:00-3:00 pm

 

Municipal Partners: (COT Bond Project Advisory Committee, Landscape Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Greens Committee, Pima County Historical Commission, Water Advisory Committee, ASLA, Tucson Parks Foundation, Reid Park Zoological Society, Tucson Pima Arts Council, TRRG, etc.)

Location

Date

Time

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

5:00-6:00 pm

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

11:00 am-12:00 pm

 

Facilities Users: (Kennel and Dog Agility Clubs, BMX groups, Friends of Reid Park, Tucson Disk Golf, US Pickleball Association, etc.)

Location

Date

Time

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

3:30-4:30 pm

 

Sports Groups: (Kickball Groups, Soccer Leagues and Clubs, Softball Leagues, Rugby Clubs, Frisbee Leagues, Baseball Leagues, Football Clubs, YMCA Groups, Special Olympics, TCTPForKids, Tucson Country Day School, USA Sports, etc.)

Location

Date

Time

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

6:30-7:30 pm

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

9:30-10:30 am

Parks Administration Building - Mesquite Room

Friday, September 17th, 2015

12:30-1:30 pm

Norris Design, the local consulting firm leading the planning effort, will conduct the public input process. Please email Julie Parizek with Norris Design at parksmasterplan@tucsonaz.gov to RSVP for your time slot. If you are not available to attend, please feel free to forward the invitation to an interested member of your organization. We thank you in advance for participating in this master planning process. Your input will help guide the future of Tucson’s parks and recreation.

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