FRIENDS
OF
COCONINO
PARKS

About the Friends

The Friends of Coconino County Parks (FCCP) support the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department's efforts in land conservation, park development, volunteerism and recreational activities. FCCP provides private sector funding to benefit the parks, facilitates volunteerism and partnerships with other organizations for cooperative work efforts, and advocates for parks and open space.

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Arizona Gives Day

Flagstaff Wine and Food Festival Presented by Findlay Toyota

Thank you to all who came and enjoyed an amazing day at the Pepsi Amphitheater. Thank you to all of our sponsors - we could not have done this without you. Special thanks to Friends Vice Chair Steve Hoshor - best Friend ever!

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The Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival, our annual fundraiser, is now a recognized summertime event in Northern Arizona. This unique event appeals to a wide range of wine enthusiasts from wine novices to connoisseurs seeking a casual atmosphere. The inaugural event was in 2010 and since then we have been producing the event annually with the help of our partner R Entertainment North (management company for the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park). We truly appreciate the support this event receives and look forward to many happy years!



More ways to get involved

Whether you decide to contribute your time or your money, we appreciate everyone who helps. Our event volunteers have been awarded in many ways including tickets to local concerts at Pepsi Amphitheater and entrance passes to the Coconino County Fair. Our monetary volunteers are awarded with potential tax deductible contributions. What’s the bang for your buck? Come out and see the amazing things we are doing for the Coconino County community! Get involved and everyone wins!

Here are just a few ways you can volunteer and participate in the Friends of Coconino County Parks:

  • Attend (and/or volunteer at) the Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival
  • Be a judge (or enter a sample) at the Coconino County Fair Homebrew Competition
  • Help serve beer and wine at the Coconino Fair (Labor Day weekend)
  • Make a donation to help improve a county park, trail, or natural area
  • Help clean-up a county park, trail, or natural area
  • Check upcoming events on this website and join us as often as you can
  • Spread the word about how terrific county parks, trails, and natural areas are!

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Flagstaff Wine and Food Festival Presented by Findlay Toyota

Flagstaff Wine and Food Festival Presented by Findlay Toyota

Thank you to all who came and enjoyed an amazing day at the Pepsi Amphitheater. Thank you to all of our sponsors - we could not have done this without you. Special thanks to Friends Vice Chair Steve Hoshor - best Friend ever!

Read More...

The Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival, our annual fundraiser, is now a recognized summertime event in Northern Arizona. This unique event appeals to a wide range of wine enthusiasts from wine novices to connoisseurs seeking a casual atmosphere. The inaugural event was in 2010 and since then we have been producing the event annually with the help of our partner R Entertainment North (management company for the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park). We truly appreciate the support this event receives and look forward to many happy years!

Shade Structure at Sawmill County Park

Shade Structure at Sawmill County Park
2013-01-01

The Sustainable Shade Structure is complete! Thank you for all your support.

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The Friends of Coconino County Parks are proud to have built the Sustainable Shade Structure at Sawmill County Park through community fund raising. This structure provides a location for friends and families to gather, celebrate, learn, and enjoy the Sawmill Multi-Cultural Arts and Nature County Park.

Signage for Soldiers' Trail at Fort Tuthill
2013-07-25

Signage for Soldiers' Trail at Fort Tuthill

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We have assisted County Parks and Recreation with the funds to install a trail marking system for Soldiers' Trail at Fort Tuthill. We have awarded Michael Lunn memorial funds toward signage for Soldiers' Trail at Fort Tuthill County Park.

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COUNTY PARKS
Fort Tuthill County Park

Fort Tuthill County Park

2446 Fort Tuthill Loop
Flagstaff, AZ 86005
(Exit 337, off I-17)

Formerly a National Guard summer training facility, the historic Fort Tuthill County Park is Coconino County’s premier 413-acre regional park, open year round as a recreation destination. It is home to the County Fairgrounds, amphitheater, Flagstaff Extreme treetop adventure course, campground, equestrian facilities, archery range, picnic areas, tennis courts, and a multi-use trails system. In the summer, Fort Tuthill is host to a myriad of unique public events: the County Fair, trail runs, equestrian events, dog shows, gun and antique shows, concerts and festivals. In the winter, Fort Tuthill transforms into a snowy wonderland as it offers sledding for kids, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for all ages - weather permitting. Santa’s Workshop is also situated at Fort Tuthill through a public-private partnership with the North Pole Experience.

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Year-Round Recreation Programs

Throughout the year, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the multi-use trails, archery and the many events and outdoor recreations programs offered by Coconino County Parks and Recreation. Unique recreation programs are designed according to the season and engage participants to be active outdoors while exploring County parks. Programs vary from nature walks, geology hikes, and guided snowshoeing for various ages to outdoor adventure, archery, and summer camp for youth. View current program catalog and register online.

Raymond County Park

Raymond County Park

3305 Kachina Trail
Kachina Village, 86001
7 miles south of Flagstaff, Exit 333 off Interstate 17

Offering a spectacular view of the iconic San Francisco Peaks, Raymond County Park is 12.5 acre a neighborhood park serving Kachina Village. It features a ball field, picnic ramadas, basketball court, and a climbing wall. A Watchable Wildlife Viewing Platform is installed to complement adjacent Pumphouse County Natural Area, a popular wildlife viewing area in the springtime.

Pumphouse County Natural Area

Pumphouse County Natural Area

3305 Kachina Trail
Kachina Village, 86001
Access at Raymond County Park parking lot at Tovar Trail

One of the rarest wildlife habitat resources in Arizona! The 115-acre natural area is a spring-fed wetland with higher biological activity than the surrounding landscape. It attracts a wide variety of wildlife: elk, fox, deer, waterfowl, wading birds, wintering bald eagles, and small mammals. The Pumphouse nature trail is an easy ¾-mile round-trip trail with wildlife viewing blinds, stone bench work and educational displays. The wet meadow and washes of Pumphouse drainage form the headwaters of Oak Creek, a major tributary of the Verde River. The hills and springs that ring Pumphouse Natural Area were once a camping and hunting area for Apaches coming and going out of the Verde Valley to “Dzil Cho” (the San Francisco Peaks) and to Hopi to trade. The Apache place name for the area means “Place of Many Springs”.

FCCP partners with Coconino County Parks in hosting a Pumphouse wetland cleanup in the spring.

Sawmill Multicultural Art and Nature County Park

Sawmill Multicultural Art and Nature County Park

703 East Sawmill Rd.
Flagstaff AZ 86001

Sawmill County Park is a 2-acre specialty park built on a "brownfield" where one of Flagstaff's first sawmills operated from 1908 to 1993. Its backyard wildlife habitat gardens show how a contaminated industrial site can be transformed into an environmental and aesthetic amenity. A sculpture walk and changeable mural wall celebrate diversity of the surrounding community. The Friends helped raise funds and mobilized resources to build a sustainable shade structure, aptly named Ponderosa Ramada, made of repurposed ponderosa pine trees. It serves as an outdoor classroom for the adjacent Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, as well as a perfect stop for hikers and bicyclists exploring the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS).

Peaks View County Park

Peaks View County Park

8805 N. Koch Field
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Overlooking the breath-taking San Francisco Peaks, 27 acre Peaks View County Park in the Doney Park area features a playground, picnic ramadas, hiking and equestrian trails, and a sports field with artificial turf for soccer and softball use.

Rogers Lake County Natural Area

Rogers Lake County Natural Area

Woody Mountain Road/Forest Road 231
(10 miles southwest of Flagstaff)

Take a hike or ride a bike into the woods with striking vistas of the San Francisco Peaks and Woody Mountain. Rogers Lake County Natural Area is the centerpiece of Coconino County’s vision for a large, protected wetland landscape that supports incomparable opportunities for outdoor education and research, watchable wildlife programs, interpretation of historic and prehistoric sites, and low-impact recreation.

The 2250-acre natural area includes 1,400 acres of wetland: an important habitat for bald eagles, waterfowl, and wading birds; critical migration corridor for pronghorn, mule deer, turkey, elk, and black bear; and potential habitat for Mexican spotted owl, Navajo mountain vole, Northern leopard frog, and other sensitive species. The area has valuable prehistoric sites and scatter areas dating back 5,000 years as well as old railroad beds and log structures from Flagstaff’s sheep herding and logging era.

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Coconino County Park and Recreation received the 2011 National Resources Award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association for Rogers Lake County Natural Area. The $12M acquisition of Rogers Lake in 2010 was made possible by Coconino Parks and Open Space sales tax and a 50% match from the Arizona Growing Smarter State Trust Acquisition Grant awarded by the Arizona State Parks Board.

Creating awareness on the unique values of Rogers Lake, FCCP hostsperiodic guided bike rides to Rogers Lake and environmental education to children and adults.

Louise Yellowman County Park

Louise Yellowman County Park

Main and Moenave Streets
Tuba City, AZ 86045

Louise Yellowman County Park is the only public park in Tuba City, located 80 miles north of Flagstaff, at the boundary of the Hopi and Navajo reservations. The 6.2-acre neighborhood park offers fitness and recreational opportunities to Tuba City residents and visitors alike. It features a state of the art skate/bicycle park with a 13 foot vertical wall, basketball court, playground, one-mile walking trail, picnic tables, restroom and a group Pavilion (125 capacity) that is available for rental to private and public gatherings. The park was named after retired County Supervisor Louise Yellowman who served as the District 5 Supervisor for 28 years.

Cataract Lake County Park and Campground

Cataract Lake County Park and Campground

1500/1510 N. Country Club
Williams, AZ 86046
Managed by City of Williams Parks and Recreation
(928) 635-1496

Cataract Lake County Park and Campground offers two day-use picnic ramadas, canoe access to the lake and leisure fishing. Due to budgetary constraints, camping is not currently offered at this facility. However, the park remains open to walk-in day use from dawn to dusk and visitors are asked to adopt the "Pack it In; Pack it Out" ethic. To reach the park from Flagstaff, travel west on Interstate 40 past Williams. Take the Golf Course/Cataract Lake exit and turn right. Travel approximately one-half mile; the park is on the right.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Flagstaff Loop Trail - Segment 20

Awarded a $5,000 grant to CCPR to complete segment 20 of the Flagstaff Loop Trail (2013)

Soldiers' Trail at Fort Tuthill

Awarded Michael Lunn memorial funds toward maps and signage for Soldiers' Trail at Fort Tuthill (2013)

Flagstaff BBQ Brews Festival

Partnered with R Entertainment North to launch Flagstaff BBQ and Brews Festival (2012)

Fredonia Fitness Trail

Facilitated donations for the construction of a fitness trail in the town of Fredonia (2012)

Coconino County Fair Beer Garden

Successfully operated the Beer Garden at the Coconino County Fair (2011 – 2013)

Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival

Conceptualized and launched the Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival in 2010 and independently produced the annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival (2011 -2013)

"Let's Get Out in the Woods"

In partnership with Willow Bend Environmental Education Center and Parks and Recreation Department, obtained a grant from US Forest Services “More Kids in the Woods Program” to implement and complete “Let’s Get Out in the Woods” – a series of free guided hiking educational activities to explore Coconino County parks and natural areas (2011-2012)

Roger's Lake Preservation

Presentation to the State Land Department for preservation of Roger’s Lake (2010)

National Trails Day

Participated in the National Trails Day with Coconino County Parks and Recreation (2010)

Ponderosa Ramada

Mobilized resources and completed construction of Ponderosa Ramada, a sustainable shade structure at Sawmill County Park (2010 – 2012)

Community Equestrian Arena

Collaborated with Coconino Horsemen’s Alliance in fundraising and resource mobilization to build the Community Equestrian Arena at Fort Tuthill (2009-2012)

"Explore Your Park"

Developed a monthly outdoor recreation series, “Explore Your County Parks” featuring guided walks, snow shoe hikes and mountain bike rides (2009-2010)

Guided Nature Walk & Bike

Mobilized volunteers and administered the County Fair’s guided Nature Walk and Bike to the County Fair program (2009 – 2011)

Coconino County Fair Homebrew Competition

Launched and organized the Coconino County Fair Homebrew Competition (2009 – 2013)

Benefit Concerts

Sponsored benefit concerts featuring The Gin Blossoms and Carlos Nakai (2009)

Nonprofit Status

Achieved 501c3 nonprofit status (2007)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dave Nash

Chairman

Dave has been a Flagstaff resident for over 30 years. He owns a very successful insurance and financial business and has been recognized as one of the top businessmen in Arizona. He is a premier agent with New York Life and has received numerous awards and various titles. Including the NAIFA Quality Award, Lifetime Top Council Qualifier, and Life member in the Million Dollar Roundtable. He is very active in the community and has served as President of many organizations including the Flagstaff Route 66 Rotary Club, Flagstaff Model Railroad Club, Northern Arizona Life Underwriters Association, and Swiss Manor Home Owners Association. He is currently serving as President of the Friends of Coconino County Parks and Recreation. Dave also is a member on the Northern Arizona Health Care²s Finance and Investment Committee. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, has two grown boys, and eight grandchildren. He enjoys golf, hiking, fishing, and travel.

Stephen Riggs

Board Member

Stephen Riggs has been a member of the Friends of Coconino County Parks board since 2009. He is the Director of Development for The Guidance Center and has more than 18 years of experience in fundraising and development in higher education from both the University of Wyoming and Northern Arizona University. Prior to that, he held director positions in arts and social service organizations. Stephen has resided in Flagstaff for since 2006 and is active in several community organizations.

Paul Babbit

Board Member

Paul J Babbitt is principal of PB Consulting, Inc. a land use planning company. He is also a member of P2M2, LLC. a commercial real estate leasing company, as well as managing director of Spur Land and Cattle Co., a real estate investment firm. Mr. Babbitt has held local elective offices including the Flagstaff City Council, Mayor of Flagstaff and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. He was a Democratic candidate of the U.S. House of Representatives in District One Arizona in 2004. His civic involvement has included the National Symphony Orchestra League, the Flagstaff Symphony, Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council, and Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery team, Grand Canyon Airport Authority, Flagstaff Municipal Facilities Corporation, the Guidance Center and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Kerry Dunne

Board Member

Kerry Dunne is a marketing and business development professional for corporate, entertainment and signature event enterprises. He has served as president & CEO of sports franchises and has led a variety of sports marketing and entertainment companies, including sports franchise ownership, league development and consulting, corporate sponsorship development, major event development, magazine and program publishing, and national television and radio broadcast development. Kerry oversees strategic partnerships and special event concept development at R Entertainment. He is a frequent speaker and consultant in the sports and entertainment industries on leadership, new marketing strategies, venue strategies, sponsor partnerships, nonprofit fundraising, festival development and sports marketing concepts.

Greg Ulrich

Board Member

Motion Picture Camera Operator, calling Flagstaff home since 2005.

Steve Peru

Board Member

Kathryn Mahady

Board Member

Kathryn Mahady specializes in Criminal Defense and Immigration Law, specifically VAWA and Asylum Immigration. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Mahady relocated to Arizona in the late 1990's. She graduated from the University of Arizona and then continued there for her Masters of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Education. She taught seventh grade social studies in Tucson for several years, during which time she was the recipient of two Fulbright awards. As a result, she was afforded the opportunity to spend a year in South Africa and a summer in Turkey. While at the University of Arizona for her J.D., Ms. Mahady clerked for Aspey, Watkins and Diesel as well as for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Tucson. She also served as President of the Law Women's Association.

Brian Blue

Ex-Officio Member, County Parks and Recreation Commission Liaison

In 2007, after a 36 year career with Macy’s Department Stores, Ann and I retired to Flagstaff. Ann and I originally met in Flagstaff in 1966 while going to school at NAU. We married four years later and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for a career in retail. While at Macy’s I held many positions (sales, store management, buyer, credit, budget and expense, shortage control, merchandise information systems, marketing, end user computing, etc.). I have served as a director and chair of the Father Wasson Legacy Endowment Board and NPH-USA Board (Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, a group of nine homes in Central America devoted to the care of orphaned and abandon children). I have served on the Hayward Area Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee, Town of Danville Parks and Recreation Commission and the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Commission. Ann and I are active members of the Grand Canyon Association, Flagstaff Biking Organization, Grand Canyon Historical Society and Assistance League. In addition, I am a docent at the Museum of Northern Arizona. In 2013 I completed historical research for the Grand Canyon Historical Society regarding the 1956 Grand Canyon airplane disaster. In 2014 I helped organized support for the re-creation of the first automobile trip from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. I have taken three trips down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon the last being the most memorable as it was the trip where Ann came along. We have three boys, two of which live in Flagstaff. One is a fireman, another a nurse and the third a high school teacher of at risk children. And best of all, we have seven grandchildren.

Steve Hoshor

Vice-Chair

Steve Hoshor is the General Manager/Owner of Great Circle Media, a locally owned broadcast business that owns six radio stations in Northern Arizona. Steve has over 30 years of sales, management, and broadcast training experience in the radio and entertainment industry. Steve began his broadcast career in 1987 as a sales executive with KNIX Radio, originally owned by Buck Owens in Phoenix, Arizona. Steve succeeded as an account executive by developing lifetime relationships with his accounts while providing marketing strategies with proven results. In 1999 KNIX was bought by Clear Channel Communications, an industry leader in radio and broadcast. Steve embraced change and continued to succeed as a high performer. He further developed his skills as a career marketer and media executive by using a combination of broadcast, digital and event marketing assets to create and execute marketing solutions for advertisers In 2001 Steve was promoted to Regional Sales manager for Clear Channel Radio. Steve was instrumental in building a radio sales network division in 98 of the top 100 radio markets. In 2011 Steve moved back to Flagstaff, joining a team of radio professionals to acquire 6 successful radio stations in Northern Arizona. Currently acting as General Manager for Great Circle Media, Steve brings with him a proven track record of success in the broadcast industry. Steve is married to his beautiful wife Lisa and together they have 3 daughters Kristen, Kaila & Katherine. Steve say²s: ³We love Northern Arizona and to have the opportunity to own and manage heritage radio brands like KAFF and KMGN in Northern Arizona is a dream come true. Radio today has so many moving parts and is in constant change. If you don²t embrace change you will get left behind. I have always embraced change and always found ways to make change work for my advertisers!


County Representatives

We are proud to work directly with Coconino County Parks & Recreation. Two representatives from the CCPR regularly attend Friends of Coconino Parks meetings to ensure our actions are both responsible and beneficial to the county.

Judy Weiss

Coconino County Parks and Recreation Director

Judy Weiss has worked in public parks and recreation and community services for more than 30 years and is currently the Director of Parks and Recreation for Coconino County, Arizona.

Judy has worked as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona and the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director for the City of El Paso, Texas. Judy is an active professional on a state and national level, currently serving as the past chair of the National Certification Board, and the executive committee of the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies through the National Recreation and Park Association. She is an active member of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration. She is a former president of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association and is currently serving on the board of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Fellowship.

Judy received a BS in Physical Education from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Master¹s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

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