June 2016 Inside Coconino Parks & Rec

Fort Tuthill Quad Construction Update
Fort Tuthill County Park is getting a makeover, just what is needed to start Phase 1 of the Historic Quad Restoration Project. After the demolition of the entertainment stage on the fairgrounds, work crews were on-site directing traffic as they began saw-cutting the roadway near the FUTS trail and the Cochise Ramada. The tennis court fences came down, however CCPR will be repurposing the tennis courts for accessible parking during the County Fair.

2016 Coconino County Fair
The 67th Annual Coconino County Fair is an annual tradition for many people in Northern Arizona. The Fair is a community event where adult and youth community members exhibit animals and handicrafts, and people of all ages enjoy the various entertainment acts, carnival rides and games. Held Labor Day weekend at Fort Tuthill County Park fairgrounds, the County Fair thrills and delights kids and adults alike. This year’s Fair takes place September 2-5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. The Carnival stays open an extra hour. Beginning July 1, CCPR will begin early bird sales online with admission tickets and carnival wristbands being offered at a discounted price. Early bird admission tickets will be $5 each for adults and $3 each for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (65 and older). Carnival wristbands, which allow fair goers to ride unlimited carnival rides for one day, will be $25 each, while supplies last, with a limit of ten purchased at one time. New this year, CCPR will be offering a military discount of $1 off the regular price admission to active, reservist, retired, and veteran U.S. military with military I.D. (not valid for spouses or dependents). Check our website Coconino.az.gov/CountyFair for more information.

Wildlife Fence Improvements
On May 5, CCPR staff Geoffrey Gross and James Richardson joined partners at Camp Navajo and Hannah Griscom with Arizona Game and Fish Department in fence modifications that will allow wildlife, especially pronghorn, to more easily move between Camp Navajo and Roger Lake County Natural Area. This area sees a lot of wildlife movement to access the excellent forage and water sources in and around Rogers Lake. They installed three elk/pronghorn passage structures, removed the two bottom strands of barbed wire and replaced them with one, higher strand of smooth wire along a ½ mile section of fence. This will allow pronghorn antelope to get under the fence and other larger animals such as elk to jump over.
Parks, recreation and natural areas have long been identified with a conservation role in the overall community. NRPA states that a benefit of conservation and environmental stewardship includes, “Providing carbon-reducing sustainable landscapes that cleanse air and water, replenish aquifers, reduce storm water runoff, and protect wildlife habitat.” Pronghorn antelope are native to the prairies of North America, and according to Arizona Game and Fish, despite being one of the fastest animals (they can run more than 60 miles-per-hour), they are reluctant to jump over objects, instead preferring to go under fences.