It’s official! GVC Foundation has a Friends of the Canoa Parks Management Group. Instead of just supporting the new Canoa Hills Trails, the Friends will support Historic Canoa Ranch and the Canoa Preserve as well. Each of these parks brings something different to the community–Canoa Ranch for history, environmental efforts, education and events; Canoa Preserve for athletics, including the BAJA softball games and tournaments and walking the 1 miles circuit around the ball fields; Canoa Hills Trails for walking in the serenity of nature and enjoying the birds, small animals (we hope only small) and stunning scenery.
The Friends will support the three Pima County Parks through grants and memberships, promote the parks through events and educational programs and will partner with local businesses and organizations for projects and amenities. The County loves hearing suggestions from the public about the parks, so feel free to contact the Friends (see below) with your thoughts. The Friends first sponsored event will be a presentation on November 8 at 10 a.m. at Las Campanas on “Urban Wildlife in Green Valley”–the animals, insects and reptiles, big and small, that live here and how they impact us. This is a “must see” program for those of you new to the Valley and a fun program for those of us who have been here awhile.
Right now, the County is performing extensive work at the Trails to repair the paths, stop serious erosion issues, over-seed the tumbleweed, and build walking paths along both sides of Camino Del Sol so park users can move from one area to another safely. Signage locations are being determined and should be up soon. The County had to wait for signs until the park had an official name, which seemed to take a long time. The Trails is not yet ready for amenities to be added as safety and planning come first. The Friends are anticipating a Grand Opening for Canoa Hills Trails early this coming year but the date will depend upon when the County feels the work has progressed enough to celebrate. However, the Trails is already open for all of you who like to walk/stroll/jog/whatever through that beautiful space.
Meanwhile, the Friends can turn more of its attention to Canoa Ranch as it prepares to host monthly events, projects and activities. On Saturday, September 21 from 9-2 is the Canoa Cup Classic Car Show, on Saturday, September 28 from 9-2 is a Vintage and Antique Fair, and on Saturday, Oct. 19 is Anza Day from 9-3. All of these events are open to the whole community and will feature a variety of activities, programs, music, food and fun. If you haven’t been to Canoa Ranch in the last two years, you will be amazed at the changes that are both completed and coming up. You can even sit in the shade of a Ramada and gaze at Green Valley’s only lake! If you would like to volunteer to help at any of these events or have suggestions for the parks, please contact the Green Valley Council so our office can get your information for the Friends. Call us at 648-1936 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When the Friends website is up and running (projected mid-September), you will find membership and volunteer opportunities listed there.
This is a unique opportunity for our community. Please join us as a “Friend” to assist Pima County in the development and preservation of the Canoa Parks!