People in Action | Inside Tucson Business

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

New & Press Releases

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:

KIDCO Presents Lights on Afterschool

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and KIDCO is taking part in the 15th annual National Lights On Aftershool event promoting the continued need for after school programs in the Tucson community.  The theme of the night will be Shine and Grow in Fitness. Come, bring a blanket or a chair and relax in the cool evening air while enjoying the singing and dancing performances by our KIDCO and IBC stars.  There will be food available for purchase.

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center
Cost: Free
Contact: KIDCO at 791-5912

Halloween Boo Bash 2014

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima Community College East Campus present the Halloween Boo Bash for a fun filled night of tricks and treats. Admission includes a wristband, haunted house, hay ride, entertainment, face painting, carnival games, storytelling, and a costume contest. The costume contest categories will be infant, 2-4 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, teen/adult, and family. Food will also be available for purchase. Special thanks to our sponsors Tucson Water, Pima Community College, Buckelew Farm, Taylor Track & Feed, Peter Piper Pizza and Costco.

Who: Everyone
Cost: $3/person (Free for children 3 and under) *Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Saturday, October 25, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: William Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr.
Contact: For more information please call the Center at 791-5787 or visit the Event Facebook page Boo Bash at the Clements Center
Sponsors: Pima Community College East Campus, Tucson Water, Macaroni Kid, Buckelew Farm, Taylor Tack & Feed, Peter Piper Pizza and Costco



Elephant Calf at Reid Park Zoo is Named

Reid Park Zoo’s African elephant calf, now one month old, has a name! A poll conducted through the Arizona Daily Star’s Caliente received 7,880 votes, with 65% selecting Nandi as her name.

Nandi (Nahn-dee) is a common siSwati girl’s name, and in the Zulu language it means “sweet” or “fun.” This calf has proven herself to be both – capturing the hearts of Tucson residents. With two older brothers, this feminine name also celebrates the joy of welcoming a female calf to Tucson.

Immie, meaning “rain” in siSwati, was the second name choice, receiving 35% of the votes. Both names were chosen because of their origin or connection to the siSwati language. All three of Reid Park Zoo’s adult elephants were rescued from Swaziland, and all members of the herd have names connected to this region. Keepers wanted to continue this tradition in honor of the elephants’ origin.

Nandi will be on exhibit daily from 8 a.m. until at least 11 a.m. She may remain on the main exhibit longer, depending on how tired she is. When Nandi demonstrates she is ready for a rest, the Keepers shift the herd to allow her the quiet time she needs.