20304 W White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
Phone: (623) 935.2505
|Next Member Meeting will be Sunday, January 11 in the Nature Center at the Park. Time is 2:00 p.m. Meetings generally last from one hour to one and a half hours. All members and visitors are welcome. Please join us!
County parks set to kick off fall season with challenge of 100 Miles in 100 Days
“This is the fourth year we’ve offered the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge. Our visitors love it because it’s open to all user groups – hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders,” stated R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
“While the challenge initially started out as a centennial celebration, we’ve noticed that it’s become a personal challenge to our visitors. Last year, we had several individuals who hiked more than 200 miles, and one annual pass holder who logged 309 miles. Why do they do it? Some are doing it for the health benefits, while others have formed teams, and use it as a social outing to connect with friends and family,” Cardin added.
This year, the department has launched a community page on Facebook
Participating in the challenge is simple; rules and trail guides may be obtained by visiting a County park or downloading a brochure at www.maricopa.gov/parks. Once participants have completed their trek, trail logs and entry forms may be returned to a County park to be eligible for a grand prize drawing of an annual park pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $110).
So lace up the hiking boots, dust off the mountain bikes, and saddle up those horses because the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge begins on November 1! The program runs through Sunday, February 8, 2015. To recognize those who complete the challenge, celebrations have been scheduled at seven of the County’s regional parks for Saturday, February 28, 2015. In addition, everyone who completes the challenge will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the celebration. For a list of County parks and additional information, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.
The White Tank Mountains Conservancy held its kick off luncheon at Verrado Golf Club on Thursday, October 23.
The organization intends to enhance the economy in the West Valley while ensuring the sustainability of the natural and cultural resources of the White Tank Mountains. The Conservancy will focus on five specific areas of impact: Regional Planning and Partnerships; Stewardship and Volunteerism; Advocacy and Public Policy; Research, Education and Training; and Tourism and Public Attraction.
Committees supporting the impact areas were formed and will begin work on the mission, vision, governance documents, and goals for the committees and the organization over the next few weeks.
Todd Hornback, DMB Associates, and Jackie Meck, Mayor of the City of Buckeye, co-chair the White Tank Mountain Advisory Board which oversees the Conservancy effort.
Those attending from Friends of White Tank Park were President Jane Fricke, Michelle Justice, Bob Hopper, and Alice Neal.
To learn more about the Conservancy; click on this WTMConservancy.pdf link.
Petroglyphs of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Shelley Rasmussen recently published an article in the August 2014 of the Old Pueblo Archaeology Bulletin about the history of White Tank Mountains and information about the Petroglyphs found in the park. The article includes several photos of the Petroglyphs by Allen Dart. Click this link to read the entire article.
Old Pueblo Archaeology is the quarterly bulletin of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson.
5th Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Fair
White Tank Mountain Park
Saturday, February 28, 2015 and Sunday March 1, 2015
We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair, sponsored by Friends of White Tank Park. will be held again at the beautiful White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Come by and meet the local independent artisans that will be displaying their fine art and crafts. White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a perfect setting for this wonderful fair.
Visitors to the Arts and Crafts Fair will also be able to experience the exhibits on display in the White Tank Park Nature Center. Proceeds from the Arts and Crafts Fair will be used to support park projects, educational programs and facilities at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
For additional information about the Arts and Crafts Fair.
Artists wishing to participate please complete the Friends of White Tank Art Fair Application Form . (Form is a PDF)
A preserved Great Horned Owl guards his prey and a nearby pair of quail appear ready to take flight to safety. The birds were found dead of natural causes in the park, mounted by a taxidermist, and presented to the nature center as a gift from Friends of White Tank Park.