Living Streets Alliance is thrilled to announce that as part of Cyclovia Tucson on Sunday, October 30th, admission to the Tucson Botanical Gardens will be free thanks to the generous support of The Stonewall Foundation. Incorporated in 1977, The Stonewall Foundation has been providing annual support to non-profit organizations in Tucson for nearly 40 years, donating over $13,500,000 to organizations throughout the community.
Thanks to The Stonewall Foundation, Cyclovia Tucson’s expected 30,000 participants will have the unique opportunity to view the blockbuster exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life on display at the Tucson Botanical Gardens (TBG) now through May, 2017. This revered exhibition examines Kahlo’s significant body of work through the lens of botanical themes and nature found in her paintings as well as her personal gardens. All visitors to the Tucson Botanical Gardens will be able to view this collection, installed throughout grounds, for free. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Gardens.
In addition to the Frida Kahlo exhibit, visitors to the Botanical Gardens will also get to experience one of Tucson’s favorite attractions: Butterfly Magic in the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. Butterfly Magic takes guests on an exotic butterfly adventure that spans eleven countries, making it a “must see” Tucson attraction year after year. On sale at TBG’s Café Botanica, which will be open, guests can sample house-made tacos, tamales, aguas frescas and paletas. Inside at the TBG ramada everyone can enjoy live music from Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments, while kids of all ages can test their strength on the free rock-climbing wall located in the TBG parking lot.
All this is taking place at just one end of the new Cyclovia Tucson route; 2.25 miles of car-free streets connecting the Garden District Neighborhood to the Palo Verde and Miramonte Neighborhoods in the heart of central Tucson.
For the first time ever, a portion of North Alvernon Way will be entirely closed to car traffic between East Grant Road and East Seneca Street, and will instead be filled with tens of thousands of people experiencing new neighborhoods, area attractions and the community around them from a new perspective: outside of their car.
To the west of Alvernon, Catalina High School Park on North Dodge Boulevard and East Seneca Street will be the location of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s (PDEQ) Clean Air Program and the Palo Verde Neighborhood Association, where they will host free bike repair, bicycle decorating stations, live music, slow-bike races, face painting, Zumba classes, food trucks, and exhibits from other area organizations.
Further south, still on Dodge Boulevard, Watershed Management Group’s Living Lab and Learning Center and local B-Corporation Technicians for Sustainability, will offer hands-on water harvesting demonstrations, filtered rainwater for filling up water bottles, solar exhibits, dancing, music, food and more.
Bookmans Sports Exchange, Whole Foods Market, and Allstate Insurance will host an activity hub at Camino Miramonte and East First Street with climbing walls, a zipline, photo booths, DJs, free bike repairs, a beer garden hosted by New Belgium Brewing Company and will include a stop on the Allstate Reality Rides tour.
Cyclovia Tucson has grown into one of the region’s largest events drawing 55,000 people annually and serves to raise awareness of the benefits of active transportation, safe streets, and communities designed to support healthy lifestyles. With dozens of free activities, games, entertainment, and local businesses located within easy walking or biking distance along the route, Cyclovia Tucson helps make the possibilities of Tucson’s streets visible to all who attend. For more information on becoming an activity provider or community partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Through Cyclovia Tucson, Living Streets Alliance (LSA) show’s Tucsonans how our city streets can be transformed in a way that enhances our overall quality of life,” said Living Streets Alliance founder and Executive Director, Emily Yetman. “Adding protected bike lanes, converting parking spaces into parklets, calming traffic with native plants that also provide shade – these are all techniques that we demonstrate at Cyclovia and they are great examples of what LSA envisions for our community.”
Cyclovia Tucson is made possible through the support of the City of Tucson, Cox Communications, Tucson Medical Center, Cigna, Allstate, and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA). Media sponsors of the event are Edible Baja Arizona magazine, Zócalo Magazine, and #ThisIsTucson.
For more information on Living Streets Alliance visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org