Presido to Get Clean-Up during National Volunteer Month

April 22, 2015

image009Cox Communications of Southern Arizona and the Presidio Neighborhood Association will be joining Tucson Presidio Trust for a clean-up project. In honor of National Volunteer Month, Cox employees are donating their time and labor to do a neighborhood clean-up project at the Presidio Museum complex.Two early 1900’s dwellings were constructed as rental housing and are now part of the Presidio Museum complex. Today, the Presidio neighborhood draws tourists and locals to its museums, art galleries and restaurants but these buildings are badly in need of repair.

On April 21, 22 and 23, Cox employees will be improving the exterior of the duplex building on Court and Washington streets, as well as the administration building located at 133 W. Washington. They will be power washing the walls, and sanding and painting the window and door trim.

“Through our volunteer program, ‘Cox Volunteers’, our employees donated nearly 3, 500 hours of service to local organizations, like the Presidio, “ said Lisa Lovallo, Market Vice President, Cox Communications Southern Arizona. “Our employees have a strong belief in giving back to the communities where we work and live.”

image007On April 23 and 24 members of the Presidio Neighborhood and the Presidio Trust will continue the work, cleaning and organizing the interior at 133 W. Washington for use by the Presidio Museum .

“It is partnerships between business, neighbors and non-profits that have been the key to success in revitalizing our Downtown.” said Amy Hartmann-Gordon, the Executive Director of the Presidio Museum. “We are so pleased and grateful to have support from Cox Communications and the Presidio Neighborhood. It is our hope that this will be the first step in a larger project to make the duplex building viable to satisfy the requirements for Rio Nuevo support while also creating space for future exhibits such as a presentation of Tucson’s Mexican-American heritage. With future support from the City of Tucson and Rio Nuevo, its interior could become a vibrant community space.”

The Presidio Museum has full approval from the City of Tucson planning division and the Office for Historic Preservation for this project.

About the Presidio Museum and Historic Complex

The Tucson Presidio Trust was founded to recreate Tucson’s original Spanish fort built in 1775. That fort was sited near a native village “Chuk-son” and was the origin of our city today. The City of Tucson used Rio Nuevo money to complete the re-creation in 2007. Today the Museum provides living history programming to over 20,000 school children and visitors annually.

The Presidio San Agustin is located at the corner of Church and Washington. Main entrance is at 196 N. Court Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 Summer hours start May 1: Thursday through Sunday 10 -3. ~ ~ 520-883-8117