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What is La Expedición de Anza, 1775?

La Expedición de Anza, 1775 is an outdoor cultural history park located in Tucson, Arizona. Learn more about our intentions, our process, and the design elements that make this project so unique.

La Expedición de Anza, 1775 Cultural History Park is finally open!

The Outdoor Classroom is Complete!

The new shaded outdoor classroom will be used by students and staff from Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, and other schools and park visitors. The newly installed posts and cable assist all users in way finding, no matter the abilities.

Project Update: August 2022

We did it! The La Expedición de Anza outdoor classroom was completed in July 2022, and is open every day for public use. It provides a shaded outdoor classroom and gathering space, with tables suitable for classes and other groups. It is centrally located and integrated with surrounding park pathways, Braille cables and artworks.
The entire La Expedición de Anza Park is rapidly approaching completion.

In addition to the outdoor classroom, all the trails, cables, benches and landscaping are done. A tactile Anza Expedition map and wayside signs are done and will soon be installed. Artworks are being fabricated and painted. We expect these and other finishing touches to be completed in the fall of 2022, ready to be enjoyed by people of all abilities and ages; classes from Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, other school groups, local residents, and of course anyone interested in the cultural heritage of southern Arizona.

We are very grateful for the essential cooperation and generosity of all the partner
organizations and individuals which have joined together to create this new
community cultural resource, La Expedición de Anza 1775.

ANZA TRAIL CULTURAL HISTORY PARK GRAND OPENING 

Come experience Tucson’s new inclusive youth designed park and community selected art installations!  830 W SPEEDWAY BLVD, NOON TO 3PM, SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 2023  Presentations at 1PM, ASL Interpreters Provided This site is a short walk from a parking lot or bus stop. Free Food and Music are provided! If you need a wheelchair or a sighted…

LEA, 1775 Accessible Cultural History Park in Action!

Over the month of May 2021 the Arizona School for Deaf and Blind, the Anza Society, and the National Parks Service collaborated on a 3 week long participatory storytelling workshop that amplify the voices of seven ASDB students while connecting them to the Accessible Cultural History Park in their own backyard. These stories will be…

La Expedición de Anza has been made possible thanks to a diverse and engaged group of organizations, institutions and individuals. Learn more about us, our partners and what we stand for.

In 1775, Juan Bautista de Anza led some 240 men, women, and children through Tucson on their way to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects the history and culture of a shared international identity.

Visit La Expedición de Anza, 1775 Park!

LEA is now officially open to the public! Come by to see the work done by our community partners and experience the LEA for yourself!

Driving and Walking Directions to La Expedición de Anza, 1775

  1. From the Freeway, I-10, either north or southbound, exit at West Speedway Blvd.
  2. Turn west (right for southbound, left for northbound) onto W. Speedway Blvd.
  3. Take the first left, in about 150 yds, on N. Riverside drive.
  4. For the next 2 blocks there is street parking on Riverside Drive. At the second intersecting street, Ontario Street, there is an entrance on the left to a small public parking lot, inside Santa Cruz River Park.
  5. On the east side of the park, paralleling the Santa Cruz River, there is a paved walking and bicycle path. Walk north on that path back toward Speedway Blvd., and a path underpass will take you beneath Speedway Blvd.
  6. When you come back up to ground level on the north side of Speedway, the Anza Park is on your left.
  7. The main pedestrian entrance is from the sidewalk on Speedway Blvd. Total one way walking distance is about 150 yds. There are no steps or stairs along the pathway, and the park is entirely wheelchair accessible.
  8. There is a public bus stop at the intersection of W. Speedway Blvd. and Grande Avenue, 2 blocks west of the park.

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