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PARKS AND RECREATION SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE AVAILABLE NOW
Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Spring 2014 Program Guide and Class Catalog has arrived and copies are available for pick up at all Parks and Recreation Department facilities, including district offices, centers and pools. The spring issue can also be viewed on-line at: www.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec.
The Program Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, KIDCO after-school, aquatics, sports programs, registration and the Discount Program. In addition, the 72-page booklet contains valuable information on other programs and services, including the Department’s recreation, senior, and fitness centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses and swimming pool locations. Find a complete listing of lifeguard training certification courses beginning in February.
Registration will open on Sunday, November 17 for City residents and Monday, November 18 for non-City residents. All leisure class listings are available for registration by using either EZEEreg on-line at: www.ezeereg.com or by phone at 573-3933. Please see the program guide for registration information and deadlines.
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.
30th ANNUAL SENIOR OLYMPIC FESTIVAL
Tucson Parks and Recreation and Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union present the 29th Annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a Celebration of Fitness to promote health, fitness, and an active lifestyle among seniors. This is Tucson’s largest organized annual senior activity and is open to anyone 50 years of age or older.
What: The 30th Annual Senior Olympic Festival featuring nearly 100 events and activities at more than 30 venues throughout the City of Tucson.
When: January 14-February 2, 2014
Where: Various venues – See attached schedule of events
Additional Information: There will be a dinner and a dance on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 6-10 p.m. at the Hilton East Ballroom.
Contact: For complete Senior Olympic Festival information visit www.TucsonSeniorGames.org or contact 791-3244.
Registration: Late registrations will be accepted through January 11, 2014 at www.EZEEreg.com
Note: Any registration received after January 1, 2014 will be subject to a $3 per event late fee. No registrations will be accepted after January 11, 2014 (or postmarked by January 11th)
VISIT THE TUCSON WAR II MEMORIAL in ARMORY PARK DEDICATED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres and the City of Tucson unveiled the World War II Memorial downtown at Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Avenue. This memorial, designed by artists Lauri Slenning and Rebecca Thompson, honors and recognizes Tucson veterans who served and gave their lives for their country.
William E. Bigglestones book, Tucsonans Who Died in Military Service During World War II, formed a core list for research using Tucson City Directories, National Archives WWII records, the National WWII Memorial Registry, Arizona birth certificates, ancestry.com, military service burial records, and documents obtained through Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Arizona Secretary of States Office.
"I am excited that the World War II Memorial will be completed and the dedication ceremony will be taking place, said Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres. "This will complete an eight-and-a-half year project and fulfill the dreams set out by the late Gilbert Quintanilla, a World War II veteran and Connie Harris, his wife. After their passing, this effort was continued by their daughters, Mary Quintanilla Sample and Kellianne Harris-Candelaria.
"I want to thank everyone who has been involved with this project, for which close to 400 Tucsonans, who died serving our country in World War II from Tucson and Pima County will be honored with their names on the Memorial, Councilmember Fimbres continued. I also want to especially thank Melinda Jacobs from the Ward 5 office, who oversaw this effort, the gathering and researching of the names and the tracking of the funds raised and received."
Over 25 Veterans organizations have supported this project, including former Governor Janet Napolitano, the Arizona State Legislature, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Tucson Mayor and Council.
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
REID PARK ROSE GARDEN RECEIVES THE 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.
2011 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