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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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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.

Tucson Parks and Recreation Celebrates Park Improvements at Harold Bell Wright Park

Tucson Parks and Recreation, St. Michael & All Angels Church and School, and the historic Harold Bell Wright Neighborhood, would like to invite you to celebrate park improvements at Harold Bell Wright Park. This project has provided the community with a new shade structure for the existing playground, a drinking fountain, picnic table and bicycle parking. Also incorporated into the project is a concrete walking path and ADA access to existing and new park amenities. Funding for this project came from the Tohono Oodham Nation Funds through a $50,000 grant that was spearheaded by St. Michael’s parents Rachel Hawes, Charlie Buck, and Nurse Erika Huff.

Where: Harold Bell Wright Park, 633 N. Corinth

When: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information: Contact Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager 520-837-8032 or

Jennie Finch Returns to Tucson to Host Softball Camp at Lincoln Park

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, along with Visit Tucson and Pima Community College, is honored to be hosting the Jennie Finch Softball Camp. Join Jennie Finch and her Olympic and Professional softball teammates for two full days of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. Come and learn from the best softball players in the world and discover what it takes to be a Champion on and off the field.

“We are so excited to bring the Jennie Finch Softball Camp to Tucson, Arizona,” said Jennie Finch. “Tucson holds so many incredible memories for me on and off the field along with many treasured friendships. I have been so blessed by this game and much because of the University of Arizona and Coach Candrea. We are thrilled to be able to work with the youth of Tucson and share the many lessons and skills we have learned from the great game of softball. Our staff includes many Wildcats including Toni Mascaras, Leah O’Brien-Amico, and Mackenzie Vandergeest whom also can’t wait to get back to the Old Pueblo, our home!”

Advanced registration is required, participation is limited and spots are filling quickly. Campers will receive lunch both days, official camp t-shirt, autographed photo of Jennie Finch, certificate of participation and a photo taken with Jennie and her medals. There will be a question and answer time for campers, coaches and parents, Finch Windmill demonstration, pitching demonstration by Jennie, hitting demonstrations by professional coaches and drawings for prizes.

Who: Girls 3rd grade and up
Where: Lincoln Park Softball Complex, 8116 E. Escalante Road
When: November 8, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. & November 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $195/camper or 10 or more girls group registration receive 10% discount

To register: