Celebration at ‘A’ Mountain kicks off Tucson’s birthday month | Community Spirit
The public is invited to join Tucson Vice-Mayor Regina Romero, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson Parks and Recreation Staff, the Friends of ‘A’ Mountain and the Downtown Tucson Partnership at a two-fold celebration, a ribbon cutting for park improvements and to kick off Tucson’s birthday month.
The celebration will take place today at 5:30 p.m. at Sentinel Peak Park
City officials contracted with M. Anderson Construction and Wheat Scharf Associates Landscape Architects to do the improvements, which were completed as Phase I of a master plan approved in 2010 by Mayor and Council. Trail improvements were provided by Southwest Conservation Corps youth crews. Parking for the event is limited at the top of the mountain, so hiking and biking is encouraged.
A group of cyclists will bike from the Mercado San Agustin to Sentinel Peak to attend the event. The ride was put together by the Tucson/Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee.
“Sentinel Peak is an iconic place for Tucsonans – one rich in history and open to everyone,” said Tucson Vice-Mayor Romero in a recent news release. “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.”
If an upcoming bond proposal is approved the park could see $2.5 million more in improvements.
Also being celebrated today is the kick off of Tucson’s birthday month. Tucson was officially founded on August 20, 1776.
Several of the improvements to the park include:
- Park Entry Signs: to direct the public to the park- at the intersection of West Congress Street and Cuesta Avenue;
- Parking: new bike parking and two new accessible spaces in the upper lot - per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
- Trailhead Plaza: A new plaza adjacent to the parks upper parking lot to orient visitors, including colored/textured concrete seat walls, interpretive signage, trail map signage, bicycle parking, and benches (ADA accessible);
- Overlook Plazas: Two new overlook plazas with shade ramadas, concrete seatwalls, and interpretive signs (ADA accessible);
- Trails: 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;
- Trail System Signage: A variety of signage to alert visitors regarding trail difficulty, directions, and mileage.
The cost of current construction is approximately $320,000. Funding for this project was