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

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.

Tucson Community to Design Playground for All Ages

Removal of the current playground equipment at La Madera Park is scheduled for September 30th and October 1st. The playground will be demolished and the area will be fenced off and will remain that way until build day. On October 2nd and 3rd the sand and dirt will be removed from the fall zone area.  The Design Day on September 17th went very well and we had a great turnout from the community. You can find pictures from the Design Day on our Flicker account at  An event page on Facebook has been set up where you can follow our progress and get up to date information about the project. The big day for the build, funded primarily by Humana in partnership with the playground experts at KaBOOM!, will be Saturday, November 1st. Over 200 volunteers will gather at La Madera Park to build the playground in one day. We hope you will join us!


Toumey Park Multi-use Path Dedication

Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik, Pima County District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez, and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department invite you celebrate the opening of the multi-use path at Toumey Park. Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) helped coordinate the planning effort with the community. There were two years of community involvement and planning TDOT engineers and staff identified the needs of the neighborhood, were able to prepare construction documents in-house, saving a significant amount of money for a design consultant was not needed. TDOT also provided construction management and inspection services to ensure the project was built to City and County standards while maintaining constant communication with home owners to ensure a seamless transition between private property and public improvements.

This project provides an eight foot wide paved walking path with ADA access and drinking fountains to help improve walkability in the neighborhood and provide opportunities for fitness to the community. Additionally, several traffic mitigation elements were installed to slow down traffic through the Toumey Park Neighborhood. The path has been coated with a heat reducing epoxy paint to minimize the heat stored and radiated back from black asphalt. Lights and electrical outlets have been installed under the ramada. Several new picnic tables have been installed and areas have been created to provide more visual appeal and decrease water use. An ADA accessible paved walk has been constructed to
provide clean access to the existing playground which has also been enlarged to accommodate a new swing set. Funding for this project has been provided by Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds in the amount of $488,000.

What: Multi-Use Path Dedication
Where: Toumey Park, 4500 E. Eastland Street
When: Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m.

More Information: Sierra Davenport at or 520-837-8032

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Free Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center


The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation are pleased to host their annual free Health and Safety Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center. This health fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing, vision, medication reviews and confidential Hepatitis C and HIV. ACCESS Arizona Smiles will be there with their dental mobile to provide dental exams for children. There will also be activities for children including bike helmet fitting, obstacle course, jumping castle and face painting. Moreover, there will be a vendor expo, raffle prizes, guest speakers, food trucks and more! This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available.

What: Health and Safety Fair

When: Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

Primary Sponsors: The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation

Contact: Joe Cedillo, Tucson Parks and Recreation. or call 520.791.4683