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Tumamoc Hill closes for 2 weeks

TUCSON – Tumamoc is an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the University of Arizona in partnership with Pima County.

It was created in 1902 and is located at the edge of downtown Tucson.

Tumamoc is used by the University of Arizona for research, but it is also used by hundreds of walkers each day.

Starting Tuesday, the road up the hill will be closed for two weeks.

Tumamoc is used by hundreds of walkers each day. The hill is expected to open back up Feb. 1. / Courtesy: Julia Leon

Tuesday morning, the U of A will undertake a complete repaving of the 1 1/2-mile road up the hill.

It will take a total of two weeks because crews will pulverize the current road to create a base for the new asphalt road.

Tumamoc Hill director, Ben Wilder, says this repaving is necessary.

“We see this as a huge opportunity to improve a road that has outlasted its time,” said Wilder. “After more than three decades, the new road will look and feel better to those who use it to exercise, and it also will assist with the Desert Lab’s mission of research and education.”

The road will cost $200,000. The U of A will invest half with the UA College of Science and raise the rest through a crowdfunding campaign. As an incentive, Edith Skyes Lowell and David Lowell are providing a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000. Skyes Lowell is the granddaughter of Godfrey Skyes who was one of Tumamoc Hill’s early scientists.

Go HERE to donate to the crowdfunding campaign.

Wilder is using the crowdfunding opportunity to launch the Friends of Tumamoc with the goal of engaging a larger community interested in sustaining the hill for future generations.

The hill is expected to open back up Feb. 1.

Associated Press

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