Kickoff Tucson’s Birthday Month & Celebrate Park Improvements at Sunset at Sentinel Peak

July 18, 2013

Join Tucson Vice Mayor Regina Romero, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson Parks celebrate sentinel peak parkand Recreation Staff, Friends of “A” Mountain and the Downtown Tucson Partnership at a ribbon cutting for new park improvements at Sentinel Peak Park, Tucson’s largest natural resource park. The City contracted with M. Anderson Construction and Wheat Scharf Associates Landscape Architects to do the improvements completed as Phase I of a master plan approved in 2010 by Mayor and Council. Trail work was provided by Southwest Conservation Corps youth crews. Parking is limited at the top of the mountain, so hiking and biking is encouraged. See meeting point for cyclists below.

  • When: Thursday, August 1, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sentinel Peak Park, 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Rd. (at I-10, go West on W. Congress toward Silverbell, take a left on Cuesta and go up the hill)
  • What: Ribbon cutting for park improvements and celebration of Tucson’s Birthday Month
  • Bicyclists are encouraged to meet at 5 p.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento (at W. Congress), and ride to Sentinel Peak with Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA)

“Sentinel Peak is an iconic place for Tucsonans – rich in history and open to everyone,” said Tucson Vice Mayor Regina Romero. “We want people to bring their out-of-town guests to enjoy the views, stay to learn the history and go for a hike, and then go Downtown, both the east and west sides, for fabulous food and entertainment.”

The park could see $2.5 million more in improvements if a Pima County bond proposal is approved by an advisory committee and voters in 2014. August is Tucson’s birthday month, celebrating 4000 years of history in the Old Pueblo, originating at the base of Sentinel Peak. The City of Tucson was officially founded on August 20, 1776.

Improvements to the park include park entry signs, new bike parking, two new accessible spaces in the upper lot – per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); two shaded plazas, trail signage and a new path to connect the improvements, constructed of “XeriTec” paving, a stable, porous, colored natural rock paving system designed to blend with the geology of the site.

The cost of current construction is approximately $320,000. Funding for this project has been provided via Restricted Use City of Tucson General Fund (from the sale of land around Juhan Park), CDBG funds provided by Ward 1, City of Tucson HURF funds, 2000 City of Tucson General Obligation Bonds, and West District Impact Fee funds.

For more information please contact Diana at Vice Mayor Romero’s office, (520) 837-4263 or Ward1@tucsonaz.gov.