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Apr 9, 2013 6:06 PM by Sarah Arevalo

Catalina State Park Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

TUCSON - Catalina State Park will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 4.

Arizona State Parks and the Friends of Catalina State Park are co-sponsoring a daylong celebration that will take place at the Park.

The day's activities will honor the founding of the Park in May 1983 and admission will be free. There will be guided hikes throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., there will be interpretative programs, live animal displays, informational booths from partners and friends, activities for children, food trucks, vendor booths and a raffle. There will also be a Star Night Party between 7 and 9 p.m. where visitors can explore the night sky through astronomers' telescopes. The official ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.

The Park was dedicated by then Governor Bruce Babbitt on May 25, 1983. He described Catalina State Park as Arizona's first "great urban park." Many people who live and work in these areas visit it regularly with their families to hike, camp, picnic, ride bikes and horses and walk their dogs.

Catalina State Park's regular Park Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle will be waived for this event. Primitive to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $25 depending on the type of camping site needed. Catalina State Park is located on State Highway 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just nine miles north of Tucson and six miles north of Ina Road.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174, visit the website and online camping reservations at AZStateParks.com

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