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  • Exercise, pets and more on tap for March 17 Loop Completion Celebration

    Mar 08, 2018 | Read More News
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    A pet costume contest, Crossfit demonstrations, green ice cream and much more are on tap Saturday, March 17, when Pima County celebrates 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 three venues:
    • Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; 
    • Kino Stadium North Complex, 2817 E. Ajo Way, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and
    • Steam Pump Ranch, Oro Valley, 10901 N. Oracle Road, 9-11 a.m.
    "Connecting Communities" is the theme of the Brandi Fenton Memorial Park celebration. Attendees can enjoy an equestrian demonstration and St. Paddy’s Day-themed pet costume contest, 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.
    Loop users
    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 warm-up exercises led by Tucson Cancer Conquerors, who will open their resource center at the park’s Visitors Center. 

    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 walk, music, food, exercise demonstrations, free bike helmets and bike rides along The Loop provided by Velo\Vets are on tap.

    At the Kino event, members of the public can win prizes for completing a health walk, where they will learn useful tips on how to keep their health and exercise regimen in check. Prizes include an iPad, youth bike, free gym memberships and more. In addition, health professionals will be onsite offering free health screenings, including blood pressure and mammography screenings.

    The Steam Pump Ranch Celebration will feature green ice cream and green cookie decorating, a bike decorating zone (decorations provided), kids crafts and a free bike valet. The Heirloom Farmers Market also will be taking place.

    The free, family-friendly events are open to all. 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.