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PARKS AND RECREATION SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE AVAILABLE NOW
Looking for something to do this spring? Tucson Parks and Recreation has the answer. You'll find hundreds of fun and exciting things to do in the Program Guide & Class Catalog available at all Tucson Parks and Recreation locations. The catalog is also viewable online at www.EZEEreg.com ( http://www.ezeereg.com/) Hurry…the deadline to register for March classes has been extended to March 10th!!!
Choose from affordable classes like dance of all styles, pottery or ceramics, arts and crafts, jewelry making, photography and so much more! Work off those extra holiday treats in our fitness classes from Zumba and Pilates to Mixed Martial Arts and Total Body Conditioning. There is something for everyone throughout the city!
The program guide contains complete information on leisure classes, KIDCO after-school, aquatics, sports programs, registration and the Discount Program. It also contains valuable information on other programs and services, including the departments recreation, senior, therapeutic, and fitness centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses and swimming pool locations.
Keep an eye out in April for the Summer Program Guide! There is a time to work and a time to PLAY….Your PLAY is our WORK!
For questions or more information on registration or programs contact Registration Services at 791-4877. Have you taken a class with us? Tell us how we are doing by taking our survey at www.TucsonParksSurveys.com.
FREEDOM PARK MULTI USE PATH DEDICATION - Friday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
Vice Mayor and Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott, Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, Pima County District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez, and the City of Tucson invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of the multi-use path at Freedom Park, 5000 E. 29th Street. The dedication will take place on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. The project will provide a 3,650 linear foot lighted walking path with five fitness stations, each equipped with two different components that together form a fitness routine. A small Ramada with seating area and a bench at each fitness station have also been built to provide a shaded place to catch your breath while walking or using the fitness equipment.
Other improvements include a new ADA accessible concrete walk that provides access to the existing playground which will be shaded by a new
shade sail structure. An ADA drinking fountain has also been installed at the entry to this walkway. The path lighting system is capable of expansion for more complete light coverage with the installation of a new electrical cabinet that has room for growth. Landscaping is included mainly at the entrance to the Center and between the pool and parking lot. Irrigation has been provided to water new landscaping as well as improving the efficiency of the existing system. Electrical outlets have been installed at the main ball field to help energize community events.
Funding for this project has been provided by Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds in the amount of $500,000. For more information please contact Sierra Davenport at Sierra.Davenport@Tucsonaz.gov or 520-837-8032.
HERSHEY’S TRACK AND FIELD GAMES TO BE HELD SATURDAY, MARCH 15
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department will host the Hershey’s Track and Field local games on Saturday, March 15. Events will include: 50, 100, 200, and 400 meter dash, 4 x 100 meter relay, standing long jump, and softball throw. To register your child ages 6-14 visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com, or register the day of the event.
Online registration ends Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Proof of age required at registration/check-in i.e. birth certificate.
Who: Tucson Parks and Recreation
What: Hershey’s Track and Field local games
When: Saturday, March 15, registration at 9am and games begin at 10:15am
Where: Catalina High School Track, 3645 E. Pima, Tucson, AZ 85716
Primary Sponsors: Hershey’s
Contact: Amber Hart, 520-791-4870 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHAEL PERRY PARK IDENTIFIED AS MACY’S “HEART YOUR PARK” FUNDRAISING PROGRAM RECIPIENT
The City of Tucson’s Michael Perry Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. Michael Perry Park is located at 2755 S. Pantano Parkway on Tucson’s east side at Golflinks Road and Pantano Parkway. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Michael Perry Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Michael Perry Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Fred Gray, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Michael Perry Park. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on macys.com with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit macys.com/secretgarden. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit macys.com/parks.
ARTWORK RESTORATION COMPLETED AT THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE
The Garden of Gethsemane has been open to the public for more than 30 years, and at one time sculptured figures were also in the Santa Cruz riverbed, as well as along the bank.
A sculpture and plaque dedicated to artist Felix Lucero, who died in 1951, is featured at the entrance to the garden. Lucero, with no formal training in art, originally created all the art pieces from sand from the Santa Cruz riverbed and originally used plaster, later cement. The site has been considered an important cultural site for the local neighborhood, with dozens of Quinceañeras and marriages performed there.
While the current Garden home of the statuary has protected the artist’s fine, primitive, sculpture in cement from the ravages of the river’s monsoon currents, it has not protected the fine sculptural details from aging of materials, well intentioned but damaging repairs, and occasional vandalism. With the efforts of the Knights of Columbus, a grant for $51,000 was secured from the Salvador Foundation of Colorado Springs, Colorado for the repair and restoration of seventeen major items of statuary. In May 2012, Sir Knight Mario Vassallo, President of the Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter of the Knights of Columbus announced the completion and execution of an agreement for the restoration of the 17 items to be completed by artist Gregory Schoon.
The effort to secure the grant and negotiate the work agreement with the artist Greg Schoon has been performed and overseen by the Gethsemane Advisory Board that is comprised of Chairman Mario Vassallo; Project Engineer SK Ralph E Montijo, Administrator for the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Peg Weber, and Projects Manager for the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Mary Ellen Wooten. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department would like to acknowledge the interest, generosity and participation of the Knights of Columbus, the Salvador Foundation, and the Tucson Pima Arts Council for their interest in the Garden of Gethsemane and their generosity, cooperation and assistance.
Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing, Sierra.Davenport@tucsonaz.gov or 520-837-8032
TUCSON PARKS FOUNDATION CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
The Tucson Parks Foundation, a local non-profit organization, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013. Founded in 1983, the organization was established to help raise funds to support the facilities and programs of the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated in excess of $3 million to help fund playground structures, pool equipment and structures, programs and camping equipment for at risk youth, handicap friendly transportation, and artwork. From 1988 through 2004, the Tucson Parks Foundation hosted the Women's Professional Golf Tournament in Tucson, one of the longest running stops on the LPGA Tour.
“The Tucson Parks Foundation is excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. For the past 30 years we have been dedicated to supporting and enhancing the work of the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department to enrich the recreational needs of Tucson’s children and families. We are proud to serve our community and would like to thank the local businesses and everyone who has donated to our organization in the past. It’s your support that makes all this possible,” says Cathy Morentin, President of the Tucson Parks Foundation.
For the past five years, the Foundation has conducted the Million Dollar Hole-In-One Contest at the Randolph Golf Complex, allowing us to fund five shade structures for playground equipment at local parks. The goal in funding the shade structures is to help fight childhood obesity, allowing comfortable use of the equipment for a greater portion of the year, while at the same time protecting children from sun related illnesses. The 4th and 5th shade structures are being constructed this summer. The 6th Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One Contest is scheduled for March 2014.
For more information contact Cathy Morentin, President of the Tucson Parks Foundation at CathyMorentin@Cox.net
NEW TO THE CLEMENTS CENTER...BIKE RENTALS AVAILABLE FOR THE NEW ATTURBURY WASH GREENWAY!
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is now renting bicycles to use on the new Atturbury Wash Greenway Path. Bikes can be checked out at the William Clements Regional Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bikes are available in adult and youth sizes and can be rented, weather permitting, for a fee of $2 per hour for pass holders, $5 per hour for non pass holders, and $10 per hour for a family. Youth 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bike rentals include a helmet, which must be worn while riding. An equipment waiver must be completed at the time of check out and a valid drivers license will need to be held as collateral. Bikes are rented on a first come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.
This three-quarter mile multi-use path runs through Lincoln Park, linking the Fred Enke Golf Course, Pima College East Campus, Clements Center, the Children's Outdoor Performance Area, the new Lincoln Park four-field softball complex, Lower Lincoln Park, and the Michael Lyman Atturbury Wash Animal and Bird Sanctuary. A central plaza is located along the path at the junction that accesses the Children's Outdoor Performance Area and the four-field softball complex.
April is Bike Month, so get out and check out the new trail! For more information please contact Liz Baechler at 837-8103 or Liz.Baechler@Tucsonaz.gov
Take a stroll in REID PARK and visit the ROSE GARDEN - PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT 2012 GARDEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Tucson Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that its very own Reid Park Rose Garden has received the Pacific Southwest District 2012 Garden of the Year Award. The Pacific Southwest District of the American Rose Society presented the award in the fall 2012 which was submitted by the Rose Society of Tucson. The Rose Garden represents an on-going partnership with the Friends of The Reid Park Rose Garden who volunteer regularly to maintain the property. The garden originally opened in 1960 with 232 rose beds. Come check out the Rose Garden while it is in full bloom and see why it earned this award. More than 100 species of roses and 800 individual plants are housed in the Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is typically in full bloom in the spring during March and April and in the fall around October and November. The beautiful and colorful Rose Garden is centrally located in Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road, and has a large gazebo with six benches and electrical outlets. It is open from sunrise to 5 p.m. 365 days a year, except for special reserved events.
For information on reserving the site for weddings, birthdays and parties, can be obtained by calling 791-5930.
TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION
On October 26, 2010, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department was recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by becoming one of only ninety-seven agencies in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was announced at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2010 Congress and Exposition.
Additional Accreditation information
PARKS AND RECREATION DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Effective April 2011, the Parks and Recreation Discount Program has changed – offering a 50% discount for select programs and 25% discount for passes for qualifying participants on specific programs and passes. The program is in accordance with the Department’s Revenue and Pricing Policy adopted by Mayor and Council on January 5, 2010, and amended on February 15, 2011. The program benefits City of Tucson residents who provide documented proof of city residency, household size and household income.
2014 DISCOUNT-QUALIFYING PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Service Levels 1 & 2 programming
50% discount eligible-programs
• KIDCO (school-year/summer)
• Teen Programs (Jr. Leadership, IBC)
• Therapeutic Recreation
• Group Learn-to-Swim Lessons
25% discount eligible-passes
• Swimming Passes (multi use/seasonal)
• Recreation Center Memberships (Quarterly, Annual, Walking)
• Basic Senior Recreation (activity cards)
DISCOUNT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
• Class Registration Services: 900 South Randolph, 791-4877
• East District Office: 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., 791-5934
• Archer Center: 791-4355
• Adaptive Rec Center: 791-5643
• Armory Center: 791-4865
• Clements Center: 791-5787
• El Pueblo Center: 791-5155
• El Rio Center: 791-4683
• Freedom Center: 791-4969
• Northwest Center: 791-3247
• Quincie Douglas: 791-2507
• Randolph Center: 791-4560
• Santa Rosa Center: 791-4589
• Udall Center: 791-4931