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  • 1997 Bond Program

    By The Numbers:

    $30 million in voter-approved bonds

    8,000 acres acquired
    Voters approved funding to expand mountain parks, acquire land rich in archaeological and cultural resources, and acquire riparian areas and wetlands. The County established the Open Space Acquisition Review Committee to oversee the program. 

    The 1997 listing of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl as an endangered species sparked the beginning of one of the most comprehensive conservation and land use planning efforts in Pima County’s history– the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP). Many of the properties identified by the community as significant for conservation prior to the 1997 bond election were also important for conservation as part of the SDCP.

    Highlights:

     Feliz Paseos Park 

     FelizIn 1998 and 1999, Pima County purchased 50 acres of the Las Lomas Ranch in the eastern foothills of the Tucson Mountains, to create Arizona’s first universally accessible park. The Trust for Public Land assisted with acquisition of the property, which historically had been part of a popular guest ranch retreat attracting movie stars, singers and other well-known people. Feliz Paseos has two miles of trails, paved and unpaved, that are accessible to all, whether on foot or in a wheelchair.
     

     Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park

     Canoa RanchIn the late 1990s, the Board of Supervisors considered a rezoning proposal that would have resulted in development of thousands of homes south of Green Valley, east of Interstate 10. The remaining block of lands from the historic San Ignacio de la Canoa Spanish and Mexican Land grant, several historic ranch buildings, five miles of the Santa Cruz River, and sweeping views across the valley were threatened. Instead, the Board rejected the rezoning, and with the assistance of the Arizona Open Land Trust (now Arizona Land and Water Trust), purchased 4,700 acres.
     

     Robles Pass Unit of Tucson Mountain Park

     RoblesIn 1999, private landowners Lloyd Perper and Kelley Rollings worked with the Arizona Open Land Trust (now Arizona Land and Water Trust) to sell 750 acres south of Ajo Highway to Pima County to add to Tucson Mountain Park. This acquisition, as well as another 300 acres acquired later with 2004 bonds funds, now make up the Robles Pass unit of Tucson Mountain Park. Over 16 miles of trails are available to hikers, mountain bikers and other trails users within this area, with connections under Ajo Highway to the rest of Tucson Mountain Park and the City of Tucson’s Kennedy Park.

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