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  • Loop Completion Celebration March 17

    Jan 23, 2018 | Read More News
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    On March 17, Pima County is throwing a party to celebrate the completion of The Loop, a 131-mile multi-use trail that spans the metropolitan area, enabling cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians to navigate on paved, vehicle-free pathways.

    The Loop Completion Celebration takes place at two venues:
    • Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and
    • Kino Stadium North Complex, 2817 E. Ajo Way, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Four pics of Loop users"Connecting Communities" is the theme of the Brandi Fenton Memorial Park celebration. Attendees can enjoy an equestrian demonstration and dog show, listen in on presentations about the communities, vegetation and wildlife they will find along The Loop, and visit with historians, National Park representatives and the many groups who use The Loop every day.

    The Brandi Fenton event will begin with a procession into the park from The Loop, and will include food, music, Pima Animal Care Center with pets up for adoption and a pet costume contest. 

    Fun and fitness is the theme of the Kino Sports Complex event, which celebrates The Loop’s role in fostering healthy and sustainable living in Pima County. A health fair, music, food, exercise demonstrations and more are on tap.

    The free, family-friendly event is open to all. Community organizations, non-profits and businesses who want to promote their connection to The Loop may reserve a table in designated vendor areas at either location by contacting Catherine Strickland, Pima County Attractions and Tourism office, at 520-724-7352 or emailing Catherine.Strickland@pima.gov. More details are available at www.pima.gov/loopcelebration.

    The Loop is a system of paved, shared-use paths and short segments of buffered bike lanes connecting the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Road Greenways. It extends through unincorporated Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, Tucson, and South Tucson. The connections are the result of Pima County's cooperative partnerships with these jurisdictions.

    The completion this month of two key sections of the shared-use path connecting the Rillito and Pantano River Parks truly brought The Loop full circle. Future projects in the planning stages call for an improved river-park pathway along the north bank of the Tanque Verde Creek from Craycroft Road to Sabino Canyon Road and from Sabino Canyon Road to Tanque Verde Road. More improvements and path extensions are planned over the next decade. 

    Born out of the disastrous floods on 1983, The Loop began taking shape when Pima County taxpayers started investing their Pima County Regional Flood Control District dollars in building soil-cement banks along the metropolitan waterways to guard again future flooding. The County took the opportunity to build along those overbank areas a river park system that has become one of the most popular recreational facilities in the region.