Dedication Oct. 11 of Las Artes tile work and UA Bio Park infrastructure improvementsby Pima County News on Oct. 10, 2012, under One-Stop Career Center, Pima County, Southern Arizona
The celebration at the site of the UA Bio Park on Kino Parkway and 36th Street will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a neighborhood tree planting. The park infrastructure will be dedicated at 9 a.m., and three walls of ceramic tile work by students and staff at Pima County’s Las Artes Arts & Education Center will be dedicated at 10 a.m.
The Las Artes “Bio Wall” will be unveiled after remarks by Ramón Valadez, chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and Tucson City Council member Richard Fimbres.
The 65-acre UA Bio Park is part of a regional effort to develop the biotechnology industry in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The UA Bio Park is an integral part of Tucson’s emerging bio-corridor that is centered on the University of Arizona. It will include lab and office space, a technology high school, and a hotel and conference center.
The UA Bio Park is part of a larger development plan called The Bridges. This 350-acre mixed-used development also includes residential and retail components.
Las Artes, at 23 W. 27th St. in South Tucson, combines structured classroom study with community art projects to prepare students for GED testing and to build their employability skills. More than 500 Las Artes students have obtained their GEDs since the program began more than 15 years ago.
Las Artes students’ murals, ceramic tiles and other artwork can be seen across Pima County – in South Tucson, Sahuarita, Marana and Tucson. The tile work at the Bio Park was designed in conjunction with the University of Arizona and made possible with funds provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation and administered by Pima Association of Governments.
A Pima County Regional Flood Control District project completed in 2009 helped prepare the Bio Park site for development. The $7.3 million flood control project included construction of the 23-acre Mission View Wash detention basin and a 60-inch reinforced concrete pipe storm drain to collect area flood waters and divert them to the Tucson Diversion Channel south of Interstate 10.
For more information about Las Artes, please visit www.pima.gov/ced/employment-training/et-arts-center.shtml or watch a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dq7BdglGSw.
For more information about the Pima County Regional Flood Control District, please go to http://rfcd.pima.gov/.
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