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  • Hundreds attend and enjoy grand opening

    May 04, 2015 | Read More News
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    people at eventHundreds of Pima County residents of all ages came out May 2 to celebrate the grand opening of the most recently completed section of The Loop.

    The Paseo de las Iglesias was funded through the 2004 bond election and runs from Silverlake Road to Ajo Way along the Santa Cruz River. It is a key connection in Pima County's shared-use path, because it links existing segments of the Santa Cruz River Park north of Silverlake Road and south of Ajo Way with the Julian Wash Greenway. 

    kids bike rodeoChildren enjoyed a bike rodeo, presentations by members of the Anza Trail Coalition, a calligraphy station and many other events, while adults toured the area on bicycle or foot, learning about the artifacts found during the excavation of the area, as well as the unique features of the river bank protection. Dozens of baby screwbean mesquite trees were given away to people attending the event and food trucks kept everyone's hunger at bay.

    The Paseo de las Iglesias – “the path between the churches”  – refers to the area between Tucson’s historic Mission San Agustin site and Mission San Xavier. It connects existing segments of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail from Drexel Road to El Camino del Cerro, and representatives from the Anza Trail Coalition were on hand to entertain everyone with stories about the 1775-1776 Anza expedition from the Tubac Presidio to establish the port of San Francisco.

    District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías was the event’s Master of Ceremony. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris Nanos, Regional Flood Control District Director Suzanne Shields and Tucson City Councilor Regina Romero were speakers.