Contact Hours of Operation Calendar of Events
Facility Information Amenities Youth & Teen Programs
Adult Programs Senior Programs Special Events
Center History Human Service Programs  



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Pascua Center is located east of I-10 between Fairview and Oracle, one block south of Grant Rd. on Sahuaro St.



Center Supervisor: Rebecca Tapia
Address: 785 W. Sahuaro
Phone Number:  520-791-4609
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Holidays Closed


Calendar of Events


Facility Rental

Space available for cultural gatherings/ceremonies, and business gatherings. No rentals after regular business hours or on weekends.

• Multipurpose space with kitchen
• Community dining room with kitchen
• Classroom
• Capilla (Chapel)
• Cultural outdoor Ramada



Amenities Information

Indoor Outdoor
• Meeting rooms with kitchen
• Small child play area
• Library with computers
• Child play area
• Cultural ramada


Youth and Teen Programs

Link II

Activities include games, pool tournaments, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts in an open recreation setting.
Open recreation (must be enrolled in program, call center for more information)
Ages 5-12
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Wednesday, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Times and dates subject to change due to cultural events.



Adult Programs

W.I.C. (Women, Infant, Children) - 520-883-5020
fourth Wednesday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Awareness Support Group meeting Monday
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Community Task Force meets every other Tuesday
5:30 pm
Addresses community safety issues.
Contact: 520-884-8527


Senior Programs

Socialization and Nutrition
Age 55+
8:00 am-12:30 pm
Contact: 520-624-0554

Sponsored by San Ignacio Yaqui Council, Inc.
Socialization and nutrition, light breakfast, lunch, arts and crafts, trips, and cultural activities.
Must register to participate in activities.


Special Events: (Contact Center)

March-April – Yaqui Easter Lenten Ceremonial Events
May – Mes de Maria (Month of Mary), Feast of the Holy Cross
July – Fiesta de San Ignacio de Loyola
October – Mes de los Muertos (Month of the Dead)
November – All Souls Day, All Saints Day


Cultural Events

Ceremonies, activity dates/times vary each month.

Historical Mission: San Ignacio De Loyola, National Register of historic places.

For more information on monthly events, please contact the Center.


A Cultural Plaza

This facility serves the general public, moreover as a historic cultural plaza, Pascua staff recognizes the importance of supporting traditional events and practices by working closely with all tribes and organizations that have affiliation with Native People. Events held at this facility are open to the public.

In addition to the annual Yaqui Easter Lenten Event, other culturally relevant activities are held at Pascua Center through the year.
Recording devices to include cell phones are not allowed on the premises during ceremonial activities.
For a schedule of these events see the Calendar of Events.


About Pascua Neighborhood Center

This historic facility was formally established in 1922 when the property was designated as public land to be utilized for ceremonial purposes by the surrounding Yaqui Indian community. Prior to this, the traditional ceremonies of the Yaqui people were held in various locations near this site. The principal function of the cultural plaza was to be utilized as a ceremonial location.

The City of Tucson annexed the area where Pascua Center is located in the mid-1950s thereby making the facility part of the City system.

Courtesy of the Arizona State Museum

Activities at the Center continued with little disturbances during this transition.  The first improvements to the facility that were made by the City were done with federal Model Cities funds. Model Cities was one of the programs that resulted from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” in the mid-1960s.

In 1985 Pascua Center was put under the Department of Parks and Recreation. A multipurpose building was added shortly after, allowing for an increase in services provided.

On September 22, 2004, Pascua Neighborhood Center was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Through the numerous transitions, Pascua Center continues to be the site for the traditional ceremonies for the Yaqui people from the immediate community.



External Agencies Providing Human Service Programs

San Ignacio Yaqui Council, Inc.
Emergency Assistance
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm