NW Park to be dedicated for former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day – updated

the late Pima County Supervisor Ann Day
the late Pima County Supervisor Ann Day

Ceremony set for Sept. 24 to dedicate park in honor of former Pima County District 1 Supervisor Ann Day

“Pima County officials will unveil a sign formally dedicating a northwest Tucson park in honor of former Pima County District 1 Supervisor Ann Day, who died in a traffic collision May 7. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at Ann Day Community Park, 7601 N. Mona Lisa Road, located at the southwest corner of Magee and Mona Lisa Roads.

Speakers include Jill Watters, Day’s daughter; District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson, Chair of the Board of Supervisors; District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll; County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; as well as other supervisors and neighborhood representatives:

Diana Boros, Casas Adobes West 2 Neighborhood Coalition; Donna Heidinger, La Canada/Magee Neighborhood Association; and Betsy Sandlin, Romero Neighborhood.

On June 7, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved renaming Northwest Community Park in Day’s honor. She represented District 1 for three terms, from 2001 to 2012. She also served in the Arizona Senate for 10 years.

During Day’s tenure on the Board, she strongly supported Pima County parks and had significant involvement with creating the Northwest Community Park. She vigorously advocated for funding the dog park and the ramadas located at this facility. Securing funding for the covered playground equipment was one of her last actions while serving on the Board.

### Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation adds a vital dimension to the quality of life for residents and visitors in Pima County. NRPR operates and maintains 46 parks, 23 trailheads, 13 community centers, The Loop and hundreds of miles of trails for recreational pleasure and manages over 250,000 acres of conservation lands open to outdoor recreation pursuits. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PimaCountyNRPR/.”


Valerie Samoy, Valerie.Samoy@pima.gov, 520-724-5220

Carolyn’s note: Supervisor Ann Day was a Republican, youngest sister of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.


  1. Fitting renaming of the Northwest Community Park for the late Supervisor Ann Day. MC for today’s ceremony was District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson who spoke of the Make a Wish mesquite tree a few feet away which Ann had helped a Maui couple donate to the park. Bronson called Ann “a cowgirl and can do person”. Besides Bronson, three other Supervisors spoke about working with Ann — District 2 Supervisor Ramon Valadez, Distrct 4 Supervisor Richard Elias, District 5 Supervisor Ray Carroll, along with County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry and former D 2 Supervisor Dan Eckstrom. Then the 3 neighborhood activist women (named above) all spoke about “their friend” Ann who had helped them facilitate with many neighborhood projects. Finally Ann’s daughter Jill Watters thanked everyone for this honor of the park re-naming, to memorialize her mother. Ann’s 3 grandchildren were there as well, along with Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos, County Deputy Adm. John Bernal, D 1 Supervisor candidate Brian Bickel, Deputy Pima County Atty. Amelia Cramer. Current D 1 Supervisor Ally Miller did make an appearance, but left before the ceremony began, allegedly because she had not been invited to speak. About 60 persons in attendance.

  2. Update: District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll, fellow Republican on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, will also be speaking on Saturday, as will Pima County Adm.Chuck Huckleberry.

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