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    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

    From caring for stately saguaros in Tucson Mountain Park to overseeing after-school recreation programs, we add a vital dimension to the lives of our residents and visitors. We invite you to hike and play in our parks or take one of the many classes we offer. Also take a digital virtual tour of a couple of our properties such as Canoa Ranch and Sweetwater Preserve. We're working for you!

    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation has an online registration system. The system will allow you to register for leisure classes, Canoa Ranch tours, bird walks, nature hikes and other activities. You can also reserve a ramada for your next event. You’ll need to create an account to use it. You may also purchase an annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Membership Pass for significant savings on activity registration fees.


    Come celebrate Arizona’s Birthday at the 29th annual Ted Walker Youth Day at Old Tucson. This year’s event will focus on Arizona history and Arizona’s 107th birthday. This FREE educational opportunity is now open to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes. The event will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Memorial Bench Program

    Oval PlaqueNatural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) partners with Parklands Foundation to give residents and park users the opportunity to purchase and donate a park bench in remembrance of friends and family. The cost of the bench and plaque including delivery:

    a. Concrete bench with plaque or etching, $1,344 with a 
        $75 installation fee.
    b. Concrete bench with ceramic color tile, $1,500 with a 
        $75 installation fee.
    c. Metal bench with plaque, $2,050 with aengraved bench
        $75 installation fee.  

    To purchase and donate a memorial bench:

    1. Submit a Memorial Bench Application Form to NRPR.

    2. NRPR submits request to vendor for a quote and layout of the engraving.

    Rectangle Plaque3. Upon approval of quote and plaque, NRPR requires purchaser to send 2 checks: 1st check is made out to Pima County Parklands Foundation for the bench and the 2nd check is made out to Pima County for the $75 installation fee.

    4. It takes about 90 days to order, ship and install the bench. 

    Once the bench is delivered to our warehouse, NRPR will meet with purchaser on site to determine the exact
    placement and location of bench in the park.

    EtchedFor any questions, please contact Valerie Samoy at 520-724-5220. Agua Caliente Park is NOT accepting memorial bench requests at this time.

    Thank you in advance for participating in this program. These memorial benches help meet the needs of our park users and greatly enhance the beauty and function of our parks.

    Memorial Bench Application Form

    Pima County Parklands Foundation

    In 1987, a group of concerned volunteers founded the Pima County Parklands Foundation. Its mission is “to protect and enhance the parks of Pima County, Arizona: this includes funding park improvements, the acquisition of parklands, and the enhancement and enlargement of recreation programs.”

    Through the Foundation, an individual or group can make a gift or cash donation to the county park of their choice. The Pima County Parklands Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, so donations are directed exactly as the donor wishes. Donations are tax-deductible, within the limits of the law.

    Organization Mission and Programs

    For more information, http://pimaparklands.org/Pima County, Arizona established its Parks and Recreation Department in 1947 to serve urban and rural residents and guests by providing leisure-time destinations and services. As the rapidly growing community has stretched public funds thinner and thinner, parks have often come last in line. 

    So, in 1987 a group of concerned volunteers founded the Pima County Parklands Foundation. Its mission is "to protect and enhance the parks of Pima County, Arizona: this includes funding park improvements, the acquisition of parklands, and the enhancement and enlargement of recreation programs."
     

    Operating Programs

    One of the Pima County Parklands Foundation's vital functions is accepting donations earmarked for a specific park or recreation program and routing them where the donors intend and augmenting donations when more funds are needed. These requests can be as diverse as installing benches in a park, constructing an enclosed run for dogs, or providing after-school snacks for underprivileged children at a local community center.

    Every summer the Foundation sponsors a free swim program, offering swims and lessons in County pools to thousands of children whose families can't afford to pay for them. And every February it sponsors an all-day outing to Old Tucson Studios-a local attraction as well as a County leased property-for over 4,000 Tucson schoolchildren.
     

    Additional Comments

    The Pima County Parklands Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, so donations are directed exactly as the donor wishes. Donors may earmark contributions for specific uses, such as improvements in neighborhood parks, enhancement of recreation programs, or acquisition of land for existing or new parks.

    In the case of a gift of land, the donor may make restrictions on how the land is to be used. Such requests will be scrupulously observed. The Foundation can also work with donors to establish lifetime living arrangements or conservation easements on land bequeathed for parkland.
     

    Donations

    Donations are tax-deductible, within the limits of the law. For more information, call (520) 241-8885 or email mhellon@aol.com. To make a donation via PayPal go to http://pimaparklands.org/  

    Checks can be mailed to:
    Parklands Foundation
    3500 W. River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85741
    Pima County gets a number of questions regarding The Chuck Huckelberry Loop. These questions and responses have been organized by category with the goal of addressing constituent concerns. Please visit The Loop page and the most frequently asked questions section.
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    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

    3500 W. River Road
    Tucson, AZ 85741

    (520) 724-5000


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