4-50 S Church Ave

Veinte de Agosto Park (11/29)

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Veinte de Agosto Park…SW corner of Congress and Church Streets

Veinte de Agosto Park is part of the Tucson Community (Convention) Center Historic District designed by Garrett Eckbo, one of the twentieth century’s foremost American landscape architects. Created at the height of his career, it was completed between 1971 and 1974 under the direction of local architects and planners. Known for his interest in designing “people places” and for his use of arid land and native plants. Eckbo understood the significance of water to those who live in the desert. He also recognized the unique qualities of Tucson, a city with a rich cultural and ecological heritage.  The landscape was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Located within a triangle formed by surrounding streets, an octagonal fountain in the northeast corner empties into a semicircular collection pool. Angular steps frame a series of concrete terraces that invite the visitor to enter the Park along the edge of the fountain channel. Irregular grassy berms frame a wash leading downhill to focus on steps leading up to the plaza in La Placita Village across Broadway Boulevard. Boulders tumble down the slopes while pines frame a view of the Tucson Mountains to the west.

Unfortunately, over the past several years, the landscape has fallen into disrepair. Today two dynamic and committed women, Helen Erickson and Karla Van Drunen- Littooy, are leading an effort to rehabilitate the original design, beginning with several demonstration areas near the Leo Rich Theater and the Music Hall.

 

Turn right (north) on the east side of Church St. and continue to the second building.