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  • The Loop Completion Celebration

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    On March 17, Pima County is throwing a party and we want you to join us.

    Loop SectionWe’re celebrating the completion of The Loop, a 131-mile multi-use trail that spans the metropolitan area, allowing cyclists, pedestrians, joggers and equestrians an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Sonoran Desert on paved, vehicle-free pathways.

    If you’re not familiar with The Loop, it was born out of the disastrous floods in 1983. It was after those devastating floods that County taxpayers began investing their Pima County Flood Control District dollars in building soil-cement banks along the metropolitan waterways to keep our community safe from future flooding. The County took the opportunity to build along those overbank areas a river park system that has become the most popular recreational facility in the region. CLICK THE IMAGE AT RIGHT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LOOP. 

    And now, we want to celebrate at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, Kino Sports Complex North and Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley.

    All events are free, family-friendly events open to all ages.

    Info: Catherine Strickland, 520-724-7352 | Catherine.Strickland@pima.gov

    Kino Sports Complex Celebration

    Kino site mapKino Stadium North Complex, 2817 E. Ajo Way, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

     Fun and fitness are on tap at the Kino Sports Complex event, which celebrates The Loop’s role in fostering healthy and sustainable living in Pima County.

    Join us at the Kino Stadium North Complex and participate in a Stay Healthy Walk around Sam Lena Park for your chance to win a number of prizes ranging from an iPad to various gift certificates. While there, visit with local organizations and vendors, enjoy live music from Empire High School’s steel drum band, and don’t miss the impressive acrobatic performances by Cirque Roots. You can also see local Crossfit gyms going head-to-head in a friendly competition and, if you're up to it, participate in a Zumba class onsite. 

    The event also will feature a formal dedication of the newly-completed Loop with Pima County officials, user groups and others. There will be plenty of activities for kids and food vendors onsite, so bring the whole family.

    Brandi Fenton Park Celebration

    Brandi Fenton map

    Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    "Connecting Communities" is the theme of our Loop Completion Celebration at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park. Learn about the history of this unique area nestled along the banks of the Rillito River.

    Enjoy an equestrian demonstration and dog costume contest with a St. Paddy's Day theme. Listen in on presentations about the communities, vegetation and wildlife you’ll find along The Loop. Visit with historians, Park representatives and the many groups who use The Loop every day.

    Lastly, don't miss the chance to add a new member to your family. Pima Animal Care Center will be on hand with pets up for adoption. You'll also want to bring your own furry family member in costume for our planned pet costume party. Prizes available!

    Steam Pump Ranch Celebration

    Steam Pump RanchSteam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, 9 - 11 a.m.

    Did you know Oro Valley’s Historic Steam Pump Ranch is connected to The Loop? Join us for a festive, St. Patrick’s Day style celebration at Oro Valley’s historic Steam Pump Ranch! Stop by for FREE St. Paddy’s Day-themed activities, including:

    • Green ice cream and green cookie decorating
    • Bike decorating zone (decorations provided)
    • Kids crafts
    • Free bike valet
    • Heirloom Farmers Market

    PLUS: Everyone who attends the event wearing green or with a green-decorated bicycle will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card and $5 tokens at the Farmers Market. Visit the Parks & Recreation booth for details.
     
    After you enjoy the festivities, grab a map, hop on your bike, and head for The Loop!

    Learn more about Historic Steam Pump Ranch on the Town of Oro Valley website or follow Town of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

    Participate in the Celebration with a 4-mile walk into Kino Sports Complex

    We have partnered with Trails Inspire thru hiker Sirena Dufault and nationally known urban hiker Liz Thomas to do a 5-day hike of the entire Loop leading up to the celebration March 17. The final leg is Saturday morning, March 17, from Augie Acuña Los Niños Park to Kino. Go here for more details about Sirena and Liz and how to sign up for the walk.

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    Event activities and participants are still being scheduled. This is the tentative list and will be updated weekly leading up to March 17 as participants are confirmed. 

    Brandi Fenton Park Event Schedule 

    All-Day Activities (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.):
    • Pima Animal Care Center adoptions, free pet microchipping (while supplies last) and safety presentations
    • Vendor booths offering activities, information and items for sale, including Loop jerseys
    • Food and entertainment

    Scheduled Activities:
    9 a.m. Loop Procession into Brandi Fenton Park
    9:20 a.m. Welcome and Dedication Ceremony
    9:45 a.m. Dedication Cake-Cutting
    10 a.m. Tucson Cancer Conquerors Exercise-Warm-ups
    10:15 a.m.- noon Presentations on the wildlife, history and culture of the region as well as by Loop users sharing why they love The Loop. Presenters include:
    • Pima Trails Association;
    • National Park Service;
    • Arizona Game and Fish; and many more! 
    Noon St. Patrick's Day-themed Pet Costume Contest (with prizes!)
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. Performances by local dance and musical groups
    2 p.m. Event concludes

    Kino Sports Complex Event Schedule

    All-Day Activities (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.):
    • Health & Fitness Fair with vendor booths offering activities, information and items for sale. 
    • WOD on The Loop presented by Crossfit Lanista (exercise demonstrations featuring local crossfit gyms)
    • Lawn Games, including giant jenga, corn hole, baseball toss, and fitness dice (with prizes!)
    • Jumping Castle and Obstacle Course
    • Free bike helmets for kids (while supplies last)
    • Hula Hoop on The Loop (visit the Cirque Roots booth)
    • Bike rides along The Loop provided by Velo-Vets 
    Scheduled Activities:
    9 - 11 a.m.
    Radio remote from 105.3 La Poderosa 
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Radio remote from 106.3 The Groove 
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Health Walk around Sam Lena Park. (Those who complete the walk will be entered into a drawing to win a number of prizes, including: a youth bike, scooters, an iPad, gift cards, gift baskets, and more!)
    10 - 11 a.m Roaming Entertainment (stilt walkers, etc.) by Cirque Roots
    10 - 11 a.m. Zumba class by Dance it Studio
    10 a.m. - noon Parachute Games
    11 - 11:15 a.m. Variety Show presented by Cirque Roots
    11:30 a.m. Loop Dedication Ceremony featuring County officials and Loop advocates
    1 - 2 p.m. Empire High School Steel Drum Band performance
    2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Tapatio performance
    2:30 p.m. Prize Giveaways Announced 
    3 p.m. Event concludes
    Arizona Daily Star
    The Arizona Daily Star is our promotional partner and is publishing a special section March 11 with information about the Celebration and the history and creation of The Loop. Read the section here (when available). 

    Vendors and Partners List

    Thank you to all of the community organizations, businesses and people who helped us put on this celebration and thank you for supporting The Loop. 

    Kino Sports Complex Celebration 

    (confirmed so far)

    1st Phorm Supplements
    Agility Spine & Sports Physical Therapy
    Aihu Essentials for Healing
    Ajo Bikes
    Arizona Oncology
    Arizona Party Rental
    Arizona Youth Partnership
    Arts Express
    Assured Imaging
    AZ Bilingual Newspaper
    Azteca Tucson
    Banner UMC South
    Beyond Tucson
    BICAS (Bicycle Inter Community Art & Salvage) 
    Boxing Inc.
    Cactus Bowl Vantage Bowling Centers
    Camp not a Wheeze
    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
    Cortiva Institute
    Crossfit Factotum
    Crossfit Purgatory
    Crossfit Tucson
    Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona (CASAZ)
    Desert Survivors, Inc. 
    Drexel Heights Fire District
    Fleet Feet Tucson
    Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA)
    iQor
    Iron Grip Crossfit
    Jewish Community Center
    Lauffer Middle School
    Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona
    Metro Gnome Music and Cycle To Go
    Monkey Face Screen Printing
    My Girl Power and Team Lizzie Bell
    Nestlé
    Old Pueblo Acupuncture
    Orangetheory Fitness 
    Ornelas Chiropractic
    Pedego Electric Bikes
    Perimeter Bicycling Association of America
    Pima County Department of Environmental Quality
    Pima County Department of Transportation Taking Action Against Graffiti
    Pima County Department of Transportation Bike & Peds Program
    Pima County Health Department:
    • Consumer Health & Food Safety
    • MAMA Program
    • Well Woman Health Check Program
    • Mobile Clinic
    • Maternal Child Health Program
    Pima County Public Library Bookmobile
    Pima County Regional Flood Control District
    Pima County Sheriff Department Auxiliary Volunteers
    Primal Wear
    Q Sciences
    Sahuarita Bikes
    Southwest Endurance Training
    Sparkletts
    Sporting Chance Center
    Sprouts Farmers Market
    Sunnyside Unified School District
    Tucson Medical Center
    Tucson Vein & Body
    Tumamoc Nutrition Club & Fitness
    University of Arizona Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
    Velo-Vets
    Visit Tucson
    Whole Foods Market
    YMCA of Southern AZ – Mulcahy YMCA

    Food

    Dickey's Barbeque Pit
    Don Francisco's Coffee
    Frozen Delight
    Gigi's Fusion Food Truck
    Mustache Mike's Italian Ice
    Papa Murphy's
    The Original Wild West Kettle Korn
    You Sly Dog Hot Dogs

    Entertainment

    106.3 The Groove radio remote
    Ballet Folklorico Tapatio
    Crossfit Lanista, Crossfit competition – WOD on The Loop
    Cirque Roots, acrobatic performance and more
    Empire High School Steel Drum Band
    KZLZ La Poderosa radio remote
    Wonder World Jumping Castles
    Zumba classes by Oralia Morales and Dance it Studio

    Brandi Fenton Celebration 

    (confirmed so far)

    Speakers

    The Hon. Sharon Bronson, District 3 Supervisor, Pima County Board of Supervisors
    Jeff Dacosta, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
    Sue Clark, Pima Trails Association
    Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County Administrator

    Liz Almli, Tucson Cancer Conquerors 
    Rick Collins, Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona 
    Eddie Moreno, Arizona Game and Fish 
    Fran Maiuri, Arizona State Parks 
    Carolyn Campbell, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection 
    Naomi Torres, National Park Service 
    Ken Scoville, Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association 

    Activities

    4H Horse Show/Demonstration
    94.9 Mix FM Live Radio Remote
    Pima Animal Care Center Adoptions 
    Pima County Public Library Bookbike 
    Southern Arizona Roadrunners "Run on The Loop"

    Entertainment

    Danzacultura Mexicana (ballet folklorico children’s dance group) 
    Musical duo – “Slim and Young” 
    Flute Loops 

    Vendors

    Adopt Love Adopt Local
    Agave Heritage Festival - Hotel Congress
    Agility Spine & Sports Physical Therapy
    Altered Tails
    Arizona Public Media
    Arizona Trail Association 
    Athena Garments
    Ausperitea
    City of Tucson
    Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection 
    C2E Conserve to Enhance
    Easterseals Blake Foundation
    Edge High School
    Logan Simpson Design
    Look! Save a Life
    Loop Bicycle Shop
    National Native American Co-op 
    Native Seed Search
    Oceans Gonzalez
    Performance Bicycle
    Perimeter Bicycling Association of America 
    Pima County Bike Ambassadors
    Pima County Environmental Education
    Pima County Loop Store
    Pima County Native Plant Nursery 
    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and Parklands Foundation 
    Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation
    Pima County Public Library Seed Library
    Pima County Regional Flood Control District
    Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department
    Pima County Sheriff’s Department Bravo Unit
    Pima Trails Association 
    Poocheo
    Roadrunner Pet Service
    Romny Guillen, mesquite artist
    Savaya Coffee Market
    Sonoran Institute
    Tour de Cookie / Marana Rotary
    TRAK (Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids) 
    Trader Joe’s
    Tucson Cancer Conquerors 
    Tucson, UNESCO City of Gastronomy
    Tucson Clean and Beautiful
    Visit Tucson
    Water Station, First Aid and Volunteer Check-in
    Western National Parks Association

     

    Food 

    Drew's Dogs
    Hot Pots Kettle Corn
    Peddler on the Path
    Vicki's Outlaw Barbeque
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