Colorado River State Historic Park
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For Immediate Release
January 8th, 2024
Colorado River Park Hosts Free Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Yuma, AZ – On Saturday, January 13th, at 9:30 a.m., the Colorado River State Historic Park will host their Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.
The Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest is a free, fun, family-friendly event that invites everyone in the community to grab a box of chalk and decorate a square of the park’s sidewalk.
“The City of Yuma is hosting their annual Art in the Park at Gateway Park, right next to our historic museum, and we thought this would be a great way to support the art festivities and encourage even more folks to come and celebrate Yuma’s art community with both events,” said Tammy Snook, Park Manager of the Colorado River State Historic Park.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Receives Grant to provide an all expenses paid field trip to Yuma’s two state historic parks and Yuma East Wetlands.
Yuma, AZ November 13, 2023 – Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area has received an Open OutDoors for Kids grant from the National Park Foundation to provide all-expenses paid field trips to Yuma County’s 3rd and 4th grade students.
On Saturday, April 1, the Colorado River State Historic Park will host Yuma’s first “Haru Matsuri” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Haru Matsuri, which means “spring festival” in Japanese, will be a daylong celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture. The festival will feature entertainment, vendors, demonstrations, crafts and food.
“We’ve got a really great lineup of entertainment for this brand new event, including Taiko drummers from Tucson, local martial arts demonstrations, and a husband-and-wife Hawaiian hula and fire dancer duo,” said Tammy Snook, park manager.
The Colorado River State Historic Park and the Yuma Aces Vintage Base Ball Club will host a tournament at the park from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
Vintage baseball clubs from throughout Arizona will gather in Yuma for the tournament. Teams that will attend include the Yuma Aces, Higley Haymakers (Phoenix), Mesa Miners, Phoenix Senators, Tucson Saguaros, Bisbee Black Sox and Peoria Smelters.
For Immediate Release:
December 27th, 2022
CONGRESS ENACTS LANDMARK LEGISLATION
TO ENSURE LONG TERM STABILITY FOR YUMA CROSSING NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
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Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
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On Thursday, December 22, 2022, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the National Heritage Area Act (S. 1942) on a bi-partisan vote of 326-95. This action followed the unusual vote of “unanimous consent” by the Senate requiring no objections from any of the 100 Senators.
This legislation was championed by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) in the House and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Names New Executive Director
Shelley Mellon, Chair of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and Charles Flynn, Interim Director, have announced that Cathy Douglas has been selected as the new Director. Shelley Mellon stated, “The Board unanimously agreed to appoint Cathy Douglas as our new Director.
Tina Clark, Longtime Yuma Historic Preservation and Community Advocate, to Receive 2022 Elisabeth Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership
YUMA, AZ – The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Preservation Foundation, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and City of Yuma have announced that Tina Clark of Yuma is the recipient of the 2022 Elisabeth Ruffner Keystone Award for Community Leadership. The award will be presented to Ms. Clark during the City Council meeting at Yuma City Hall on October 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
The Keystone Award honors individuals whose commercial, political, philanthropic, artistic, planning, or advocacy efforts have contributed to their communities' quality of life, sense of place, and heritage appreciation. The award is presented annually at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference to an individual from the host community, celebrating their achievements alongside the communities they have served.
Lowell Perry retired as executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, effective July 14, to be closer to family.
Perry joined Yuma Crossing in 2018. He was responsible for the management and promotion of the Heritage Area, leading the shoring up of the organization’s internal structure, built a strong team in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and brought about a resurgence of the Colorado River State Historic Park with the addition of the Yuma Crossing Discovery Center and an Italian bistro.