I am a relatively recent Armory Park resident (2/16) along with my wife, Donna and our little dog Lulu. In our 7+ decades, Donna and I lived over 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Arizona. We have been Arizona residents for 16 years before coming here including 12 in Green Valley and four in west Tucson. We love the neighborhood for its history, walkability and interesting residents. Lulu insists on walking every day so you may see us following her around and picking up trash to keep our neighborhood presentable.
Susan Beirer and Steve Grede made a presentation to APNA last May regarding a plan to document and preserve the public landscape (streetscape) of Armory Park. At that time it was agreed that the final document would be added to APNA website when finished. That has now happened and now Armory Park Conservation Master Plan 2017 is available to be downloaded as a PDF. It has been published by the Heritage Conservation Program of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.
The plan came out of Helen Erickson’s Preservation Planning spring 2017 class. Whatever your level of interest in Armory Park’s public spaces you will find something for you in this document. If your interest in the history and landscape is not too deep, scan through the pictures and read some of the related text. You will learn some new things about Armory Park. If you are deeply interested, you won’t want to miss a single word.
I was just searching through the articles in the Old Articles category and realized that the way they are presented could be confusing. All of the articles appear to be written by the same person (me). That is not the case and all of the articles in this category were written by previous authors before I came to the site. When the site was moved to a new hosting platform, I also moved the years of previous articles so that our records and history would not be lost. Unfortunately, the transfer also identified me as the author of all articles, losing attribution to the actual authors. I could see no practical way to preserve the authorship information for so many articles.
If you would like to reclaim authorship of articles, please give me your name, contact information and the article titles. I will make the corrections.
This site has articles going back a number of years. They are good historical material but won’t interest most current readers. All categories containing the old articles will now moved to the “Old Articles” category. You can peruse articles from the beginning of the APNA website about seven years ago.
This site is being updated and restructured. Many parts have become out of date or don’t work correctly. Please tell me of anything that needs updating or changing. I will also try to incorporate useful features keeping in mind that the site must be simple enough to be managed by volunteers. Check back as things progress.
30 August 2017 – The site has been restructured and simplified. Now we need more content. The old posts are interesting for background but readers want current content. Anyone wanting to make a contribution of material can send it to me. If editing is required, I will be glad to do that. I have volunteered to maintain the site but not to originate content for it.
It may seem a little early for Christmas wishes but this is about Christmas past. Bill Duffy has announced the results of our 2016 Armory Park Holiday Lighting and Decoration Contest WINNERS! The pictures were too much for the listserv so you can see them here. This is Bill’s message:
The judges have spoken, and the votes have been counted! We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Armory Park Holiday Lighting and Decoration Contest. First, three categories the judges decided to add after they toured the neighborhood. Each of these three will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from Johnny Gibson’s Market. 1. Best Front Entry: 714 S 3rd Ave. (Sorry – this is the one winner the judges forgot to take a photo of!)
This website is gradually coming back to life. As happens in most volunteer organizations, circumstances have changed for those previously doing the work. That means that functions that have worked well in the past have deteriorated or stopped working altogether. No updates have happened since 2015. Continue reading “It's Alive”