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The Navajo Wash

Our "Pocket Park"

By Loraine Zagula

The Navajo Wash

Note: See the Arboretum Nature Path page for an update on our new signs at the wash!

In 2005, HANA residents had the idea to create a landscaped greenway along the edge of Navajo Wash(1). The hope was to plant trees now in anticipation of developing a neighborhood park at some point in the future. Lee Pagni, a former Hedrick Acres resident coordinated the effort which involved grant applications and numerous contacts with city agencies.

After the planning and approval stage was completed, landscape planning for the project was done through a service grant from the Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona. Approvals were received from the necessary City of Tucson Departments, including Department of Transportation and Stormwater Management. The project also received technical planning support from Tucson Audubon Society. In September of 2007, the second phase of the project was to secure funding for the labor, equipment and materials costs for preparing the area, and planting 45 desert adapted trees. HANA residents gave input regarding appropriate trees for the area. In the fall of 2007 a neighborhood event was held to plant the trees (See Planting Gallery).

Months after the trees were planted HANA residents gathered to monitor the growth and clean the area. The effort became more formal after an application was submitted to Tucson Clean and Beautiful and the Adopt a Park Public Areas Program. Upon acceptance, HANA signed an agreement to clean up and control litter at the area at least once a month and submit a report to Tucson Clean and Beautiful. The city provides the materials and pick up for the monthly clean up activities. Once HANA logged in 100 volunteer hours, we were officially recognized by the city at a dedication ceremony held at the wash in December 2008 (See Dedication Gallery). A Tucson Clean and Beautiful Adopt a Wash sign was erected at the site.

Within the past year groups like ours have provided over 12,000 hours of volunteer service to keep the city's public areas cleaner and more beautiful. The Navajo Wash is one of 145 adopted areas in Tucson. HANA residents continue to hold monthly clean ups at the site on the second Saturday of the month. The hours are: June through September 7-8 am; October through May 9-10 am. Contact us for additional information (See Work Gallery).

NOTE 1 — The Navajo wash is located at the northwest corner of Hedrick and Mountain. It's a 2-acre parcel of land owned by the city that currently functions primarily as a storm water management site. Also on the site is a 40 space parking lot used by university commuter students.

Trees Planted

  • White Thorn Acacia (Acacia constricta)
  • Berlandier Acacia, Guajillo (Acacia berlandieri)
  • Netleaf Hackberry (Celtis reticulate)
  • Blue Palo Verde (Cercidium floridum)
  • Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)
  • Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscose)
  • Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia orthocarpa)
  • Feather Tree (Lysiloma watsoni)
  • Velvet Pod Mimosa (Mimosa dysocarpa)
  • Mesquite (Prosopis varieties)
  • Arizona Rosewood (Vaquelinia californica)

Click here for the Drachman Institute's design plan booklet (1.8 MB)  PDF.



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Wash Work

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—Photos by Deb Miller, Special Staff Assistant for Pima County Supervisor, Sharon Bronson.
—Gallery powered by a noncommercial license, donated by the fine folks at Floatbox

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