Tucson Parks and Rec receives two grants from the Tohono O’Odham Nation

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The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has been selected by the Tohono O’odham Nation as the recipient of the 12% Game Distribution Grant in the amount of $150,000 to improve a new wading pool project at the Santa Rita Park and $80,000 to add a structural shade to the Mansfield Pool.

Tucson Parks and Rec, Tohono O'Odham Nation, scholarship, scholarship recipient


Santa Rita Park

Santa Rita Park, located at 401 E. 22nd St., resides in Ward 5 and recently went through a master planning process with the final plan approved by the Mayor and Council on August 9, 2022. plus a new wading pool, other improvements will include a new playground, restrooms, ramada, walking path, and the existing parking lot, lighting, basketball court, skate park and irrigation will be renovated.

On November 6, 2018, voters in the city of Tucson approved Proposition 407, a $225 million bond package for capital improvements via general obligation bonds. Santa Rita Park has approximately $3 million in bond funds dedicated to improving this park. The $150,000 grant will be combined with $850,000 in funds from the city of Tucson to build a wading pool with more amenities.

The wading pool project will expand recreational opportunities to an underserved population surrounding the park. The paddling pools are an excellent free recreational opportunity mainly aimed at young people. Besides being a great place to escape the hot Tucson summers, they are known to promote physical development, providing sensory stimulation through tactile interactions with water jets, streams and jets. In addition, they encourage the development of motor movement by jumping, running and dodging. To view the master plan and for more information on the Santa Rita Park projects, visit the project website.

Mansfield Pool

The Mansfield Pool, located at 2275 N. 4th Ave., is one of three public pools in Ward 3. It’s an amenity, as well as a necessity, that provides families with affordable outdoor recreation during winter. summer. It is a complex of three swimming pools, which makes it a popular place to cool off. The swimming pool includes a diving board with 1 and 3 meter boards, a paddling pool and a temporarily closed slide.

Tucson’s public pools provide outdoor family recreation opportunities for those who would otherwise have no place to swim, as well as swimming lessons, education, and lifeguard training. Swimming is a great way for people with reduced mobility, health issues and/or injuries to also engage in physical activity. Swimming pools provide a means of social interaction, relaxation and stress relief. While the pool currently has a small shaded area, the resort needs additional shade structure to give children and families a cool place to relax and recreate. This $80,000 grant will allow Tucson Parks and Recreation to add more shade to the complex.

Mansfield Pool has $187,560 in voter-approved bond funds in 2018 to replace the 141-foot-long broken slide that was fenced off and unavailable for five years. The Ward 3 office allocated an additional $150,000 from community reinvestment funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to supplement the cost of replacing the existing slide.

For more information on planned projects through the Tucson Delivers Great Parks + Strong Connections voter-approved bond funds beginning in 2018, visit this website.

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