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  • Board accepts donation to expand Tucson Mountain Park

    Aug 02, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 2 meeting approved the donation of 65 acres of open space property to expand Tucson Mountain Park.

    The donation from Martha C. Hawes includes 65 acres and a residence located in the area of West Mockingbird Lane lying between West 36th Street to the north and West Ajo Way to the south. Her property is adjacent to Tucson Mountain Park and the 36th Street trailhead.

    Tucson Mountain ParkThe expansion of Tucson Mountain Park will protect a diversity of native plants and wildlife, conserve a segment of the Enchanted Hills wash and expand the trail system to provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities for neighbors and visitors.

    “The 341 acres we add to Tucson Mountain Park with these two acquisitions are beautiful and meaningful,” said District Five Supervisor Richard Elías. “They have saguaros and rocky outcroppings, are home to a variety of native plants and wildlife, and provide visitors with many scenic vistas.”

    Hawes is a plant pathologist at the University of Arizona, where her spouse, Hans VanEtten, who died in 2015, also worked. The agreement between Hawes and the County allows her to remain in her residence for the remainder of her natural life.

    The land donation is not the first for Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department. Past donors have deeded land to expand trails around Sweetwater Preserve, Ventana Canyon and Redington Pass, Steve Anderson, planning division manager for NRPR, said.

    “These donations happen periodically and it’s a wonderful thing,” Anderson said. “This helps us expand our parks and trails system and provide a public benefit for everyone.”

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