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 to help fund paved walking trails, signage at the park, benches and picnic tables, a new bridge to the island, and environmental education programs. The Ranch House and Caretaker’s Cottage renovations are complete. The Ranch House opened to the public on April 17th, 2004. The Ranch House 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.