Agua Caliente Park

A Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Facility(520) 749-3718

12325 E Roger Road
Tucson AZ 85749

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Friends of Agua Caliente (FOAC)

                                          (View of Agua Caliente Park Pond 1)  Map to the Park

Welcome to the Friends of Agua Caliente website. 

Stay tuned here as we bring you more and exciting news
and events from Agua Caliente Park. 

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 See below for:

      Pond 1 Restoration Meeting (November 8, 2018)
     Artistic Map of the Park
     Park Videos (living at the Ranch & forming FOAC)
     Nature and Birding Trail
     Pond 1 & 2 Renovation Plan
     National Register of Historic Places
     FOAC Charter/History
     Respect for Agua Caliente Park
     FOAC IRS Non-Profit 501(c)3 Letter    
     FOAC Board Meeting

Pond 1 Restoration Meeting
Agua Caliente Park Open House
Thursday November 8, 2018 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
8959 E Tanque Verde Rd
Tucson, AZ 95749

 

     For more information contact Pima County NRPR at 520-724-5216.

Pond 1 & 2 Renovation Plan

     In 2015, Agua Caliente was part of a Pima County Bond package to redesign the main pond to make it more sustainable (reducing the footprint and sealing the bottom of the newly redesigned Pond).  Unfortunately, that Bond package did not pass. Part of this initiative included a requirement to move water from Pond 1 to Pond 2 before any construction activity to support the wildlife habitat needs.   Pima County secured a Flood Control Grant that allowed the Pond 2 project to move forward.  This project reduced Pond 2 size, lined the new pond footprint to reduce water loss out of the bottom, and enhance environmental restoration and public recreational amenities around the pond. Pond 2 renovation is now complete.  If you have not had a chance yet, walk out to Pond 2 (just beyond the mesquite Bosque) and check it out.

     Pond 1 (main pond) renovation is now planned for the Summer of 2019 and there should be public meetings scheduled in the Fall of 2018.  The strategy is to protect all animals and fish, to leave vegetation and pond size similar to what currently exists, to build a walkway bridge to the island, and to develop outreach educational programs focusing on native fish.  NRPR will also work in close collaboration with Arizona Game and Fish and the University of Arizona Fishery Department on creative approaches for education programs, especially for children. Construction entry is planned to be off Roger Road to minimize disruption to the rest of the park.  We will announce additional details here and on Face book when available. 

     For more detailed information, click on the below links to view the Pima County NRPR letter and drawings.

         Renovation Letter           Pond 2 Concept          Pond 2 Landscape

Agua Caliente Park Video's

Video's

Nature and Birding Trail

Nature/Birding

Artistic Map of Agua Caliente Park

     Thanks to Anna Petronella, a graphic designer in Tucson, AZ, we have a beautiful designed map of Agua Caliente Park.  If you would like to print one for your use, click the link below.  For additional information about Anna and her work, check out her website at:  https://www.annapetronella.com

Park Map

 

    Agua Caliente Park is on the National 
                Register of Historic Places!!
    

     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.  

Help us preserve this beautiful oasis in the desert.  Select Membership for more information and to see how you can make a difference in our own backyard!

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.

IRS 501(c)3 Letter

Next Friends of Agua Caliente Board Meeting 
In the Bunkhouse (brown building) at Agua Caliente Park

November 26, 2018, 7 p.m.

To contact the Webmaster, send an email to info[at]FriendsOfAguaCaliente.Org (replace [at] with @).

Updated:   October 21, 2018