Though the official ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., there will be guided hikes starting at 7 a.m., and beginning at 9 a.m., there will be interpretive programs, live animal displays, informational booths from partners and friends, activities for children, food trucks, vendor booths and a raffle. There will also be a “star night” party, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., where visitors can explore the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes.
Here’s more information about Catalina State Park and the role it plays in the lives of Arizonans:
- The park attracts between 170,000 and 200,000 visitors each year from all over the world.
- The Park plays an important role in the communities of northern Tucson, Oro Valley and Catalina.
- Many people who live and work in these areas visit it regularly with their families to hike, camp, picnic, ride bikes and horses and walk their dogs.
- Many local groups and associations — such as the Tucson Audubon Society, local schools such as Basis Schools, Citizens for Solar, and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection — organize events at Catalina State Park.
- Catalina State Park has a significant economic impact on Pima County. People who visit and camp at the park patronize many local businesses and visit other sites in the area. A 2009 report by Northern Arizona University estimated that the park created 262 jobs in Pima County.
Catalina State Park’s regular entrance fee of $7 per vehicle will be waived for this event. Primitive to full-hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $25, depending on the type of camping site needed. Catalina State Park is located on State Route 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just 9 miles north of Tucson and 6 miles north of Ina Road.