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  • Improvements coming to Brandi Fenton Park

    Jul 24, 2018 | Read More News
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    When users enter Brandi Fenton Memorial Park off of Alvernon Way, they’ll be greeted by a five-foot blue metal sculpture, the newest piece of art to grace the nearly 57-acre park.

    Jon Fenton, whose daughter is the park’s namesake, purchased the piece at a sculpture show April 7-8 at the park. Mark Wallis crafted “Shindigger Blue” naming it after the Shindigger agave cactus, which he said he learned about when he first moved to Tucson.
    Artwork at Brandi Fenton park
    The new artwork is just one improvement users will see at the park. Park patrons also will have use of two new bathrooms at the east end of the property, thanks to the conversion of a ramada.

    When the family of Austin Fitzgerald raised funds to improve the large dog park and rename it after Austin, some leftover funds became the seed money to convert the ramadas to bathrooms.  With public input, the Austin Fitzgerald Memorial Fund worked with Jon and the Brandi Michelle Fenton Foundation and Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department to move forward with bathroom project.  

    “The anticipated first flush is middle of August,” Valerie Samoy, senior special staff assistant at NRPR, said.

    The dog park accommodates large and small dogs. Decomposed granite was installed some time ago in the large dog park to provide a better surface for users. Now the small dog park will get that same treatment.

    Brandi Fenton Memorial Park includes three soccer fields, covered basketball courts, shade ramadas, an equestrian arena and facilities, horseshoe pits, a playground, a splash park, an off-leash dog park, walking paths, a fitness course, and a memorial garden at the visitor center. Also, BFMP hosts community programs such as Tucson Cancer Conquerors and environmental education programs on topics like historic agricultural practices, current water usage, and riparian restoration.