It’s been a difficult year for everyone. While many Tucson residents spend most of their time indoors during the hot summer months, the rest of the year around Pima County (and Arizona in general) is a breathtaking opportunity to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the state. Here in Tucson, there’s the expansive trail along the wash, not to mention miles of bike lanes around the city. However, even with outdoor offerings, it’s been a challenge for many Tucson residents to spend time outside with others around due to the pandemic. For much of the last 12 months, there hasn’t been much the city can do. Most health requirements and mandates have been passed down by the state, and with the entire pandemic a unique governing experience, many did this without any guidance or track records to follow.
Now that a year has passed the city of Tucson is starting to open up new programs, even when social distancing is still necessary. This is why the Tucson Parks and Recreation department is now offering free outdoor classes throughout the city. The next several months are perfect for getting outside and soaking up the sun before the days grow too hot.
The “Meet Me At The Park” event is open for the first 10 individuals who arrive (it may be expanded to accommodate more guests if it proves to be a popular activity). Labeled as Mindful Movement, Breathe & Meditation, the activity is designed to help calm the nerves and anxiety many of us have been facing over the last year. The class will go over breathing exercises, meditation techniques to calm the mind, and ways to improve blood flow and body movement.
The outdoor classes will take place at Purple Heart Park, which is at 9800 East Rita Road (part o the Fort Lowell Park, which is at the intersection of N. Craycroft and E. Rita), you’ll see it right by the playground). It will take place every Monday, except March 29, and run between 10 and 11 AM. The first class starts this Monday (March 15) and will continue through April 26. From there other classes or activities may be scheduled. The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is waiting to see not only how popular the free outdoor classes prove, but also how the vaccination rollout progresses as well.
If you want to take in the outdoor class it is recommended for you to bring either a folding chair or yoga mat with you, although both are optional (you can also bring a resistance band if you would like to do so).
Prior to the classes, there will be a brief wellness check performed for everyone taking part. Additionally, everyone who wishes to join in on the free class will be required to wear a mask throughout the duration of the event.
Additional programs are being scheduled and will come your way shortly. The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will put on a number of these events and activities, including the kidco after school program, which kicks off on March 22 (registration for this has already started and will be held at the Amphi School District Sites, although all students must be enrolled in the Amphi School District in order to attend the program).
If you’d like to learn more about the Meet Me At The Park outdoor activities, stay up to date on any changes and updates to the event, or you want to learn more about what the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has planned for the upcoming weeks and months, their Facebook page is an excellent source of information and is a must-follow.