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City of Tucson Celebrates Grand Reopening of “Gunny” Barreras Memorial Park

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City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, Tucson Water’s “Storm 2 Shade,” and Tucson Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce the grand reopening of CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras Memorial Park, located at 5890 S. Campbell Ave. This park was developed and renovated to provide beautiful, safe, and enjoyable outdoor spaces for the community.

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“As we celebrate another beautiful space for Tucsonans to enjoy, we also thank them for approving Prop 407, which invests $225 million to improve our City parks and connections,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “These improvements to our playgrounds and sports fields, to our bicycle boulevards, splash pads, and pools make Tucsonans’ quality of life that much better. Working together, we are creating a more sustainable, equitable, thriving, safe desert City.”

This park features a variety of new amenities, including a new playground with shade, a new ramada, and a splash pad. The renovation of the existing track surface, the addition of a new walking path, and the renovation of the irrigation system ensure that the park is in excellent condition for all outdoor activities. The project was primarily funded by a $7.04 million budget allocated from the 2018 voter-approved general obligation bond dollars. In addition, the park is a recipient of a $500,000 Arizona State Parks American Rescue Plan Act Grant, $150,000 of American Rescue Plan Federal funding for fitness equipment, and $220,282 from Tucson Water’s award-winning “Storm 2 Shade” Green Infrastructure funding.

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“We are thrilled to open the CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras Memorial Park to the public once again,” said Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres. “I want to thank all the neighbors, Sunnyside High School, the Sunnyside School District, and the stakeholders who took part in this process. This park is a tribute to CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras’ legacy and will provide a safe and enjoyable space for residents, and the community, to gather and engage in all of the outdoor activities and enjoy all the wonderful amenities the park will have to offer.”

The City of Tucson is proud to re-dedicate this park to the memory of CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras, a true hero who served his country and community with distinction. The grand opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 10-11:30 a.m., and will feature speeches from City officials, special guests, and members of the community. Attendees will also enjoy food and drinks and have the opportunity to explore the new amenities and enjoy the park’s facilities. Tucson Parks and Recreation’s “Ready, Set, Rec!” mobile recreation van will be there with lots of fun and games for the whole family.

For more information about the CSM Martin R. “Gunny” Barreras Memorial Park, visit the City of Tucson’s website.

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