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  • Pima County, Flood Control District to maintain The Loop in Tucson city limits

    Jan 08, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County and Pima County Regional Flood Control District will maintain segments of The Loop and flood control facilities within Tucson city limits under an agreement with the City of Tucson that the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday.

    The LoopAccording to the agreement, “the City grants to the County and District easements to provide maintenance for river park improvements and flood control on the lands owned or controlled by the City.”

    The result will be a more consistent, standardized level of development and maintenance of The Loop and more efficient management of flood control infrastructure for the protection of public safety and property.

    The City will continue to own its property. The County and Regional Flood Control District (RFCD) will maintain the river park and flood control facilities at their own expense.

    The County already maintains segments of The Loop within Tucson city limits including:
    • The north and south banks of the Rillito River from the Santa Cruz River to Craycroft Road.
    • Julian Wash Greenway from the Santa Cruz River to Rita Road.
    • Harrison Greenway from Pantano Wash at Sellarole Road to the Julian Wash.
    • Portions of the west and east banks of the Santa Cruz River.

    The intergovernmental agreement gives the County and RFCD responsibility for maintenance of The Loop and all flood control infrastructure:
    • Along the Santa Cruz River from the Rillito River to Valencia Road excluding:
      o The Garden of Gethsemane at 670 W. Congress Ave. and Bonita Park at 660 W. Alameda St.
      o The Plaza at 1 North Freeway, which is owned by the state of Arizona.
    • Along Pantano Wash from Craycroft Road to Harrison Road excluding:
      o Fort Lowell Park
      o Stefan Gollob Park
      o Michael Perry Park

    The County and RFCD will be responsible for routine and annual maintenance of asphalt and decomposed granite pathways, sediment removal, weed and erosion control, litter and graffiti control, landscaping and irrigation, in addition to flood damage repairs and maintenance of bank protection.

    The City will maintain street bridges, comfort stations, playgrounds and other recreation facilities on its property adjacent to The Loop. It will also maintain the Santa Cruz River and river park between Irvington and Drexel roads until improvements approved by the County and RFCD are made.

    Pima County has been developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson for residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses.

    When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Greenways. The Loop connects to parks, trails, bus and bike routes, workplaces, schools, libraries, restaurants, hotels and motels, shopping areas, and sports and entertainment venues.

    Visit The Loop online for more information and the latest maps and news about The Loop.