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

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:

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