Tumamoc Hill Road Project Nears Completion

Feb. 1, 2019

Tumamoc Hill Road Project Nears Completion

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tumamoc Hill will reopen to visitors Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 a.m., weather permitting, with a ribbon cutting and reopening ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.

Rain, predicted for Tucson this weekend, could cause slight delay of a day or two in reopening the road, which has been closed for repaving since Jan. 22. The University of Arizona repaved the 1 1/2-mile road up Tumamoc Hill to make it more passable for walkers and researchers, and to preserve the ecological and historical elements of the property. 

"We are really excited to be back up on Tumamoc soon – we have missed it!" said Ben Wilder, director of Tumamoc Hill. "The new road is the first of many great things to come. It will enhance a site hundreds of Tucsonans use every day for health and rejuvenation and allow us to continue to execute the Desert Lab's mission of research and education."

The $200,000 investment in the new road was funded equally by the UA and a crowdfunding campaign initiated by the UA College of Science at crowdfund.arizona.edu/tumamocroad. As of Feb. 1, the crowdfunding campaign was 90 percent funded by more than 215 donors.

Edith Sykes Lowell and David Lowell provided a dollar-for-dollar match that has been extended to the end of the campaign. Sykes Lowell is the granddaughter of Godfrey Sykes, one of Tumamoc Hill's early scientists.

Tumamoc is an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the UA in partnership with Pima County. Andrew Carnegie established the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill in 1903, beginning more than 115 years of ecological research and making Tumamoc Hill a world-renowned center for arid land studies.

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Media contacts:
Ben Wilder
Tumamoc Hill
Office: 520-626-3987 | Cell: 520-971-2486
bwilder@email.arizona.edu

Stacy Pigott
University Communications
Office: 520-626-4405 | Cell: 520-539-4152
spigott@arizona.edu

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