Agua Caliente Park
A Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Facility(520) 749-3718
12325 E Roger Road
Friends of Agua Caliente (FOAC)
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Agua Caliente Park Water &
Pima County Bond
Caliente Park Water Update
As many of you know, Agua Caliente Park is experiencing the full force of the extended drought and change in the water table level. The stream is not currently flowing and, although Pima County is pumping well water to augment the pond, it is insufficient to counteract the water loss. We attribute this to the continuing drought and dropping water table as well as the significant amount of palm trees and cattails that use the water. FOAC expressed our concern to Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation (NRPR) (see Water Issue link below). Additional information is also posted in this document. NRPR has prepared an initiative and submitted it to the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) (see the Bond Initiative link below to view the proposal and NRPR presentation). The FOAC letter to the Advisory Committee is also posted below (FOAC Letter to BAC).
FOAC supports a Bond Initiative to redesign the main pond as described below. In our current environment, the only way to save the main pond is to completely redesign it to be more efficient. The proposed redesign will include lining the main pond, reducing overall size from ~3.5 acres to ~2 acres to reduce the water requirement, re-contour the bottom to accommodate waterfowl, fish, wildlife, and reinforce the shoreline to minimize erosion. The FOAC letter to the BAC outlined numerous reasons immediate action is necessary, highlighting that the Park is a community treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a worldwide birding destination, and used b school children throughout the region for environmental education. Their will likely be more proposals than will be allowed for a Bond Election. The Committee will rack & stack the projects and provide a recommended slate to the Board of Supervisors for approval. The Supervisors will determine the final slate of projects and decide whether to recommend a Bond Election in 2015 (we are hopeful that the Agua Caliente Park proposal will be part of the Bond Election). For more information, go to the below Bond Initiative link and select Agua Caliente Park Pond Restoration.
Agua Caliente Park is
now on the National
On July 9, 2009, Agua Caliente Ranch Historic Landscape was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. This is great news for the Park and should help preserve it for many generations to come. The National Registry plaque is located to the right of the main entrance into the ranch house.
Friends of Agua Caliente, Inc.
On a late night in October 1993, the Friends of Agua Caliente, Inc. (FOAC) was formed in an effort to save a historic site in the Tanque Verde Valley. The organization was successful in saving three of the park's original five buildings.
FOAC has been formally recognized twice by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission for its involvement in the preservation of existing buildings and saving the pond site. We were instrumental in securing a Heritage Fund Grant for the renovation of the Bunkhouse. On Saturday, August 23rd, 1997, the newly renovated Historic Bunkhouse was officially opened to the public. FOAC has since worked with the county on paved walking trails and signage at the park. The Ranch House and Caretaker's Cottage renovations are complete. The Ranch House opened to the public on April 17th, 2004. Ranch House hours are 8 am to 4 pm (closed 12-1 pm) and is decorated with period furniture and a rotating art exhibit (see events link).
Although this grassroots organization remains small, the conviction of "The Friends" remains intact. Today, FOAC is working to preserve the contemplative nature of this "oasis in the desert" along with its natural Sonoran desert plant and wildlife habitats.
The Friends of Agua Caliente, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Donations to FOAC are tax deductible to the fullest extend allowed by law.
Respect for Agua Caliente Park
Please respect the "off-limits" areas of Agua Caliente Park. They are "off-limits" in order to protect the delicate nature of our natural water source and the beauty of the Park. Off-limits areas include: The area where the spring comes out of the ground; the west side of Pond One; and several other "open" areas that provide shelter for our abundant wildlife. If you see someone in those areas, please ask them to respect the "off-limits" or advise one of the Agua Caliente Park employees. We appreciate your support.
FOAC IRS 501(c)3 Designation Letter
Please use the below button to access the Friends of Agua Caliente Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501(c)3 letter, indicating the Friends of Agua Caliente as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
November 17, 2014, 7 p.m.
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Updated: October 19, 2014