PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE!
Tucson Parks and Recreation Departments Summer 2013 Program Guide and Class Catalog has arrived, and copies will be available for pick up at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers and pools on Friday, April 12.
The Program Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration and the Discount Program. In addition, the 72-page booklet contains valuable information on other programs and services, including the Departments recreation, senior, and fitness centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses and 17 swimming pool locations.
City residents can begin registering for InBetweeners, Sports Camps, Junior Staff in Training, and KIDCO on Saturday, April 20 at 6 a.m.; Leisure classes, Learn-to-Swim Lessons/Aquatics, and Adaptive Aquatics on Sunday, April 21 at 6 a.m.; Therapeutic Recreation Programs on Wednesday, April 24 at 8 a.m. Non-City residents may register for all offerings beginning Wednesday, April 24 at 6 a.m. Using the EZEEreg Registration system, either on-line at: www.ezeereg.com or by phone at 573-3933, is recommended, since summer offerings fill up quickly. 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.
COMMEMORATIVE TREE DEDICATION, FRIDAY MAY 10 at 11 a.m.
Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, announce the dedication of 59 commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Each tree to be dedicated has been purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family. The dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for which trees have been dedicated. At the conclusion of the ceremony attendees are invited for a brief walking tour of the newly dedicated trees.
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 570 trees will be added along the Pantano Wash. The dedicated trees will restore over two miles of natural habitat, and will grow to provide shade for users of this year-old multi-use path. Commemorative trees are available for purchase Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each, including the tree, irrigation lines and numbered marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, and guaranteed replacement. Tree purchases are partially tax-deductible.
Who: Tree donors, park users and the public
What: Commemorative Tree Dedication
When: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 11 a.m.-noon
Where: Pantano River Park at Michael Perry Park, 8700 Arbor, Tucson, AZ 85730 (enter on Pantano Parkway, south of Golf Links Rd.)
Contact: B.J. Cordova, Director of Programs, Tucson Clean and Beautiful
Bj.email@example.com or 520-837-6832 or visit www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org for more information
MENLO PARK NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION PROJECT CELEBRATION - MAY 11, 2013 AT 10 A.M.
Join us on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Menlo Park Plaza as we celebrate the Menlo Park Neighborhood Revitalization Project located at 301 North Grande Avenue. This project improves pedestrian safety and mobility for residents and visitors alike, while enhancing the overall quality of life for the citizens of the neighborhood and Tucson and Pima County residents at large. This project addresses the safety of the end-user, as well as supports the environmental sustainability goals of Pima County. The improvements serve as an attractive entry way into Tucson’s downtown business and cultural sectors.
Funding for this project came from the 2004 Pima County Bond and was administered by the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, providing $498,975. Some of the administrative costs were covered by the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, and Ward 1 Back to Basics which provided $30,000. Pima County invested 1997 Pima County Bond funds of $850,000 to improve the soccer field facilities, City of Tucson provided 2000 City of Tucson Bond funding of $318,000 to construct a new restroom building and the plaza in the center of the park, and a Community Development Block Grant of $180,000 helped pay for the remaining sidewalks, lighting, chain link fencing, and another group picnic ramada.
This project includes traffic calming and park improvements, constructed by the City of Tucson’s Transportation and Parks and Recreation Departments. The transportation project included: median/entry islands with neighborhood signage, traffic circles, speed tables, ADA curb access ramps, xeriscaping and water harvesting chicanes. The park improvements include: a group picnic ramada, fabric shade sails over the pool deck and playgrounds, concrete decks and plazas, concrete masonry unit and brick walls, poured-in-place concrete walls, wrought-iron signage, landscape planting, support irrigation and site furnishings.
SKATE PARK OPENING AT ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL PARK MAY 15, 2013
Join City of Tucson Vice Mayor Regina Romero and Council Member Richard Fimbres along with Pima County Supervisor Ramón O. Valadez on Wednesday, May 15, at 9 a.m. as we celebrate the opening of a skate park located in St. John’s School Park, 602 West Ajo Way. The new facilities provide a lighted skate park, paved jogging track, and Ramada with picnic facilities. This site is a shared use facility for the St. John’s school and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. The park will be open to the public after school hours on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and in June and July, Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The skate park has multiple skate features and has been designed to accommodate skates and skate boards. A drinking fountain, seating and landscaping have been provided as well. Area lights will allow use of this facility during the evening hours. The existing jogging track has now been finished with asphalt paving. Funding for this project was provided with Bond funds from the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program totaling $500,000, and Ward 1, Vice Mayor Regina Romero, Back-to-Basics funds of $4,000.
For more information about the event contact Ron Odell at 837-8123 or Ron.Odell@tucsonaz.gov
SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERTS IN THE PARK!
The Concert Under the Stars program is held at the outdoor László Veres Amphitheatre in Udall Park, Saturdays, May 18, 25, June 1, 8. While the Udall performances start at 7:00pm, their popularity means that concert goers should plan to arrive early to ensure a good spot on the grass, as well as a good parking spot. The concerts and parking are free.
For questions or more information on contact the Morris K. Udall Center at 791-4931.
SHUTTLE INFORMATION: Free shuttle beginning 5:30 p.m. from Big Lots Shopping Center to Udall Park.
TUCSON POPS ORCHESTRA - DEMEESTER OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE CENTER IN REID PARK!
The Concert “Music Under the Stars” program is held at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park with László Veres, Conductor and Music Director. Sundays, May 12, 19, 26 and June 2 with all performances starting at 7:00pm. Please keep in mind the popularity of the concerts which means that concert goers should plan to arrive early to ensure a good spot on the grass, as well as a good parking spot. The concerts and parking are free. SHUTTLE INFORMATION: Free shuttle beginning at 5 p.m. from Randolph Golf Course parking lot to the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park.
For questions or more information on contact the Jim Velde at 837-8074.
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
CATALINA PARK SPLASH PAD AND MARTY BIRDMAN SPLASH PAD REOPENING SATURDAY, APRIL 27!
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the Arizona heat and invites you to cool off at one of our splash pads opening Saturday, April 27. Get out and enjoy the new Catalina Park splash pad at 900 North Fourth Avenue, in the Historic West University neighborhood. Amenities include not only a splash pad, but a new, covered playground and accessible walkways. The splash pad has been designed with a manual activation system to allow residents to turn on the water features as desired. You can also enjoy the new Marty Birdman Center/Balboa Heights Park splash pad, 2536 N. Castro Avenue, which opened in July 2012. Also at that facility is a Ramada, playground and basketball court. The parks will be open and splash pads will be operational from 7 a.m. to dusk.
For more information about the event contact Peg Weber at 520-837-8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
JUNIOR STAFF IN TRAINING - CALL NOW TO SET-UP AN INTERVIEW AND GET MORE INFORMATION!
The Junior Staff In Training Program is aimed at improving leadership skills, building self-esteem and preparation for future employment in the field of recreation. Participants are assigned mentors and are able to get hands-on experience working with a Tucson Parks & Recreation Youth Program for up to 30 hours per week. Please call Mike at 837-8137 for registration information. All Junior Staff In Training participants must interview prior to registration and must attend a mandatory orientation. The cost of the program is $70 for City Residents and $88 for Non-City Residents.
YOUR COMMENTS COUNT - FRED ENKE GOLF COURSE PUBLIC MEETING
Public Meeting at William Clements Recreation Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr., on Wed., March 13th starting at 6pm. Join us and participate in a discussion of the future of Fred Enke Golf Course. Staff will provide a brief budget overview and history. The primary goal of this meeting is to invite the public to give feedback as to what they would like to see in terms of outdoor recreation activity for the future of Fred Enke Golf Course. An online survey can be found on the Parks and Recreation website for those that cannot attend.
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