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Santa Cruz River Linear Park-Grant to Camino del Cerro

Project status:  West Bank:
Projected Construction Phase - July 2010 to March 2011


East Bank:
Projected Design Phase - April 2010 to December 2010
Projected Construction Phase - March 2011 to December 2011


In 2003, the Pima County Flood Control District, Pima County Wastewater Management, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) completed soil cement bank protection along the Santa Cruz River from Grant Road to the Ft. Lowell Road alignment. This project connected the bank protection south of Grant Road and north of Ft. Lowell Road.

Pima County plans to construct a linear park to connect into the upstream and downstream park systems and to set the stage for future linear park development along the west and east banks of the Santa Cruz River. This linear park and river pathways will follow and further establish the San Juan Bautista National Historic Trail on the west side of the Santa Cruz River and connect into the City of Tucson Christopher Columbus and Juhan Parks.

The pathway improvement projects include contiguous multiuse paths and pedestrian bridges from Grant Road to El Camino Del Cerro along the west and east bank to provide all weather access to the park. In addition to providing alternative modes of transportation along the Santa Cruz River this project will set the stage for future linear park development along the corridor. This project will also provide linkage to the Christopher Columbus Regional Park along Silverbell Road and provide connections to bike paths to the Rillito River Linear Park.