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  • Board Votes to Expand Tucson Mountain Park

    Aug 02, 2016 | Read More News
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    Frick propertyThe August 2 Board of Supervisors was a good one for District Five. We obtained 341 acres of land that is mostly very nice and potentially nicer with some work by our experts in the Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Department. The acres were added immediately to the 21,000-acre Tucson Mountain Park.

    The acquisition of this acreage was in two separate transactions:

    1. Martha C. Hawes donated 65 very nice acres of land to Pima County. The land is bounded on the west and south by Tucson Mountain Park; the southern boundary is along the West 44th Street alignment. The county agreed to allow Ms. Hawes, recently widowed, to live out her remaining years, or as long as she chooses to remain, in her home on the property, accessed via West 36th Street. Ms. Hawes gets tax considerations, the property is worth nearly $1.1 million, and the county pays $6,000 for closing costs.

    Frick property2. The county is buying 276 acres of “Frick properties” from current owners William Frick and Christine Glass for $2.1 million. These acres are north and east of the Hawes acres, between San Juan Drive and West 44th Street. The county will pay $375,000 at closing and $567,000 a year over each of the next three years. The payments will be made from the Starr Pass Environmental Enhancement Fund. The use of the fund for this purpose is in the recently adopted 2016-2017 budget. Although scattered and irregularly shaped, these Frick properties fit well into Tucson Mountain Park. There are numerous wildcat hiking trails across these parcels. The Parks Department will obliterate and revegetate many of them, and improve a select few to become part of the park’s trail system network.

    In all, these are significant and meaningful additions to Tucson Mountain Park. The lands will be protected and current damages will be repaired and revegetated. Most of these lands are elevated as they largely are in the Tucson Mountains foothills. They have saguaros and rocky outcroppings, are home to a variety of native plants and wildlife, and afford many scenic vistas. They will enhance park users’ experiences.