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January 5, 2018
Tucson Parks adds to board

The Tucson Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the following community leaders to its board. They include Teresa Bravo, Pima County Economic Development and International Projects Coordinator; Dan Chambers, who is retired and a community philanthropist; Sara Kaufman, Southern Arizona Adult Tennis League Coordinator and Annemarie Medina, YMCA of Southern Arizona Vice President of Corporate and Community Partnerships.

The Tucson Parks Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983 to provide philanthropic support to the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department

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SummerGo Youth Pass Pilot Program Launched


High school students have access to unlimited rides on regional public transit, City pools & more 

TUCSON, Ariz. – Sun Tran and City of Tucson’s Department of Transportation have launched the SummerGO Youth Pass pilot program, available for purchase now through June. The new Youth Pass provides high school-aged students with a valid student ID, unlimited rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes as well as unlimited use of City of Tucson pools from May 22 through August 5. Additionally, the SummerGO Youth Pass offers pass holders special summer discounts at Skate Country, Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Goodness Fresh Food and Juice Bar.

The pilot program launches in time for the summer vacation, providing an ideal transit option for teenagers and an alternative to the current 1-Day and 30-Day pass options.

The new SunGO Card with a SummerGO Youth Pass costs $45, a great value offering a discount of over 50 percent off. The pass can be purchased at the following select sales locations:

  • Sun Tran Special Services Office – 35 W. Alameda St.
  • Sun Tran Administrative Office – 3910 N. Sun Tran Blvd.
  • Archer Neighborhood Center and Pool – 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.
  • Donna R. Liggins Northwest Neighborhood Center – 2160 N. 6th Ave.
  • El Pueblo Activity Center – 101 W. Irvington Rd.
  • El Rio Neighborhood Center – 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
  • Randolph Recreation Center – 200 S. Alvernon Way
  • Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center – 1055 S. 10th Ave.
  • Udall Pool and Recreation Center – 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • Clements Pool – 8155 E. Poinciana Dr.
  • Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center 3455 E. Zoo Court
  • El Pueblo Pool – 5100  S. Missiondale
  • Freedom Pool – 5000 E. 29th St.
  • Mansfield Pool – 2000 N. 4th Ave.


Additionally, select high schools throughout the community are selling the SummerGO Youth Pass to their student body. Students are asked to check with their high school’s front office to determine if they are a sales location. Promotional materials can be found on campus at select sales outlet high schools.

Pass sales will be tested and then evaluated to determine if the pilot program or similar program will be integrated into the public transportation fare structure on a long-term basis.

For additional information on the SummerGO Youth Pass visit, or call Customer Service at (520) 792-9222.

31st Annual Senior Olympics Festival Registration Open

Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include: volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more.

What: The 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival featuring nearly 100 events and activities at more than 20 venues throughout the City of Tucson.
When: Jan. 12-Feb. 1, 2015
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Who:  Ages 50 years of age or older

Registration:  Register through Dec. 31 at Entry fee varies by event, please visit the website below for more information on fees.  Note: Any registration received after Jan. 1, 2015 will be subject to a $3 per event late fee. No registrations will be accepted after Jan. 10, 2015 (or postmarked by Jan. 10)

Additional Information: The event promotes health, fitness and an active lifestyle among seniors and is expected to attract 2,000+ participants. It is Tucsons largest organized annual senior activity. There will be a dinner and dance on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites.

Contact: For complete Senior Olympic Festival information visit Contact Mike Davis at or 791-3244 to have a book mailed to you.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair November 29 and 30 at Reid Park

Come get a jump on your holiday shopping. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department presents the annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Nov. 29 –30, in Reid Park, 22nd and Country Club. It will be located west of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This free event will draw in more than 100 vendors from all over the Southwest ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers and more.

This Thanksgiving weekend fair has become a tradition for many holiday shoppers for more than 20 years. Stroll through the park and visit artists with their original designs, from delicate beading to steampunk jewelry, teapot wind chimes, handcrafted masks, colorful mosaics, sun catchers, and one-of-a-kind ceramics. Discover the artistic redesign of vintage purses, dolls and children’s wear. If you are looking for “cozy,” this is the place for soft blankets and quilts, fragrant soaps, knit scarves of all styles, knit dog collars – and everyone’s favorite – tie dye. Handmade teddy bears, puppets and wooden toys would be perfect for anyone’s holiday gift list. While enjoying the fair, be sure to stop for food and refreshments from local vendors.

Visitors are encouraged to use the Concert Place entrance from Country Club Road for ample free parking.  For more information call 791-4877.


Free Family Festival in the Park – Saturday, November 15

Tucson Parks and Recreation Department presents the 9th Annual Family Festival in the Park. This free community-wide event is about having family fun and a terrific opportunity for Tucson Parks and Recreation to showcase programs and activities offered to the community. This year, we have partnered with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, so please bring a donation of canned goods to the festival to help support its cause. The Tucson Breakfast Lions Club will be offering free vision testing for children and accepting donations of your old prescription eye-glasses. The Lions Club will also offer a free pancake breakfast to kids and those that donate a pair of prescription eye-glasses.

The event is expected to attract more than 12,000 Tucsonans. Family activities include stage entertainment, carnival games, inflatables, crafts, golf clinics, tennis games, a tour of the rose garden, and demonstrations of pottery and drawing offered by the leisure class unit. The Reid Park Zoo will have free admission, and the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will host an afternoon of free swimming from noon to 4 p.m. Tucson City Golf will offer a free 10-minute golf instruction at the Randolph Driving Range adjacent to the park on Alvernon Way, from 10 a.m. to noon. Entertainment will be presented throughout the day and a variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors.

A special thanks to our event sponsors: Tucson Water, Pyramid Federal Credit Union, CareMore Health Plan, Health Choice Generations, Northwest Medical Center, Bear Essential News, Wendy’s, Macaroni Kid, and Arizona Families.

Who: Everyone
Cost: FREE, but please bring a non-perishable food donation to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m-2 p.m.
Where: Reid Park, 22nd and Country Club (west of the Zoo)
Contact: Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager, or 837-8032 for more information

Commemorative Trees Available at Pantano River Park

Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, announce the availability of commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Commemorative trees are available for purchase through Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each, including the tree, irrigation lines and number marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, dedication certificate and guaranteed replacement. Tree dedications are partially tax-deductible. Trees may be purchased for dedication to honor or remember any friend or family member for special occasions.

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 dedicated trees will restore more than two miles of natural habitat, and will grow to provide shade for users of this multi-use path. More than 170 of 570 planned trees to fill the park already have been planted.

An upcoming dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for whom trees have been dedicated and names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. A walking tour of newly dedicated trees concludes the ceremony.

Who: Tree donors, park users and the public
What: Commemorative Tree Dedication
When: Friday, December 5, 2014 – 11 am to noon
Where: Pantano River – Garden of the Families, 2500 S. Pantano Pkwy, Tucson, AZ 85710
West side of Pantano Parkway North of Golf Links Road

Note: On-site parking is limited, carpooling encouraged. Additional parking available South of Golf Links & Pantano Parkway at Michael Perry Park, 2755 S. Pantano Pkwy., Tucson, AZ  85730 – a short 0.4 mile walk or bike ride to the northwest along Pantano River Park. A shuttle will be on site beginning at 10 a.m. to transport people from Michael Perry Park to the event site.