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  • Robles Ranch Community Center improvements to be dedicated Oct. 26

    Oct 17, 2013 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors; Supervisor Sharon Bronson, District 3; Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; and Pima County Facilities Management invite the public to the dedication of Robles Ranch Community Center improvements and its National Register of Historic Places plaque on Saturday, Oct. 26.
    Robles Ranch Community Center
    The improvements include a new basketball court, shaded playground and ramada.

    Refreshments and an opportunity for children and families to enjoy the new facilities will follow a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. The Robles Ranch Community Center is at 16150 W. Ajo Highway. Please see and share the attached flier.

    Pima County and the Robles Ranch community obtained $253,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the improvements.

    Robles Ranch Community CenterThe Robles Ranch House, which serves as the Community Center, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The ranch complex was first established by Bernabe Robles in the 1880s, when he ran a stage line from Tucson to Quijota. An adobe stage station and ranch house was constructed sometime between 1880 and 1884. At one time the ranch encompassed more than one million acres between Florence and the Mexican border.

    The original buildings were single-story adobe structures built in the vernacular “Sonoran" style of the time with a separate open space or breezeway between them. In the 1950s these were joined and additional improvements were made. The ranch house is now characterized by “Territorial” style forms and details. Pima County purchased the property and completed a rehabilitation in 2005.

    The Robles Ranch Community Center hosts free services and programs including:
    • Playtime for newborns to children age 5 and their parents
    • After-school programs for ages 5-13
    • Programs for teens and seniors
    • Computer lab and classes
    • Pima County Public Library Bookmobile
    • Food and clothing banks, and monthly health services