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New renovations coming to Francisco Elias Esquer Park

Posted at 6:24 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 16:40:25-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — TUCSON, Ariz. -- What started as a University of Arizona Graduate Student's Senior Project, turned into a positive impact in the midtown community.

Jon Choi decided to help renovate Francisco Elias Esquer Park as his senior project when he was a graduate student at the UA's College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture because he saw the need through the residents at Tucson House.

He worked together with some residents, one being Marianna Collins, to make sure he was accommodating everyone's needs.

Esquer Park will soon get some much-needed renovations to the back end of the park. Instead of trash, graffiti and weeds, people will see a new walk-way, benches, shaded areas, murals and dog-walking amenities.

"To make the tenants happy, to give them something to look forward to on the calendar instead of the day to day bustle of nothing," Collins said.

These renovations are being made with the help of two grants, the Tucson Clean and Beautiful Neighborhood Scale Storm Water Harvesting Grant and the AARP's Community Challenge Grant.

The plan is to have it ready for use by December of 2019.