Anza Trail Cultural History Park Grand Opening Report

The long awaited, momentous occasion has arrived. The original idea and promotion came from the Anza Society, Inc. It took 7 years and a cooperative effort among many organizations and individuals, but together, look what we have done!

The Anza Trail Cultural History Park was dedicated in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, January 28, 2023. The park is fully accessible for people of all abilities, including students and staff of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB), a next-door neighbor. The beautiful public park relates the history of the Anza National Historic Trail as well as the cultural and biological stories of the region. The Grand Entrance Archway, located on West Speedway Avenue, represents all of the people who have come through this area over the centuries.

Pictured from left to right: Kerry Hodgkinson, ASDB instructor; Kristine Hodgkinson, ASDB graduate; Naomi Torres, JUBA Superintendent; Casey Hopper, former ASDB instructor; Jasmine, ASDB student; Laura Bolyard, NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program; Anne Rempe, ASDB instructor; Ronald Quinn, Anza Society, Inc.; Christopher Bentley, JUBA; Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson City Council Person; Dave Jeffries, Anza Society, Inc.

Approximately 250 visitors enjoyed food and music provided by the Tohono O’odham people, a game for children, and mariachi dancers. Guests included students and staff from ASDB, numerous National Park Service staff and volunteers, Naomi Torres, Superintendent of the NPS Anza National Historic Trail; Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, Arizona State Representative; Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson City Council Person; and Trisha Waddell, ASDB Principal.

The idea of this park, located adjacent to ASDB and the Anza National Historic Trail, first conceived by the Anza Society, was promoted, planned, designed, funded, and constructed through the efforts of numerous nonprofit and government organizations, generous donors and foundations, plus thousands of volunteer hours. The National Park Service co-hosted the dedication event with numerous community partners.

Note from the Web Administrator: Hats off to Anza Society Officers Ron Quinn and Dave Jeffries for their countless hours dedicated to see this project to fruition!

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