Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is set to help dedicate a park in honor of a local historic preservation advocate. The mayor will join the department of transportation, parks and recreation, and the El Presidio Neighborhood Association to dedicate Centennial Park in honor of Christopher Franklin Carroll on Feb. 12.
Chris Carroll was a downtown preservationist, developer, and fourth-generation resident of El Presidio who passed away on July 8, 2013. In his professional life, Carroll was a Distinguished Professor of English and Chaucer scholar at the University of Arizona where he taught literature. In his personal life, he worked on downtown boards and advisory groups.
According to a release, the park is more than a decade in the making. It was an unused strip of land that became an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project named Centennial Park.
The dedication ceremony is on Friday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. The "pocket park" is located at 1 W. Paseo Redondo at the northwest corner of N. Main and Paseo Redondo. The park features a curved walkway and landscaping.
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