La Expedición de Anza, 1775 is a collaborative project initiated by the Anza Society International, with committed partners from the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, Pima County, and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
The team was awarded community assistance project support from the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. RTCA’s project manager brought together partners, stakeholders, and subject matter specialists and led an in-depth design process engaging a diverse array of perspectives to develop a hands-on experience accessible to all.
We celebrate the life and times of Juan Bautista de Anza (1736-1788). This includes an annual forum to share results of our research. Members of the Anza Society facilitate the study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of places and artifacts related to both the United States and Mexico.
Anza Society International initiated the project idea, sought support, and applied for a community project assistance support from the National Park Service.
Donations are managed by the Anza Society International (ASI), a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation incorporated under laws of the State of Arizona. 100 percent of all donations go directly to the completion of La Expedición de Anza.
ASI is an all volunteer organization.
The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) was founded in 1912 – the year of Arizona’s statehood. ASDB serves over 2,000 children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind from birth to grade 12.
ASDB provided specialists and access to work with all students throughout the design process. Facilitated student and staff feedback was used throughout the process to enable innovative design.
The National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.
“Trails funding, planning, construction, and maintenance are bringing together strategic partners representing agencies, different trail user groups, volunteers, developers, private landowners, utility companies, and businesses. These partnerships create a diverse coalition of stakeholders who value consensus building and sustainable long-term relationships.”
Pima County manages the land on which this park was built, and worked as a close partner during the design process. Pima County provided over $100,000 of infrastructure improvement towards the final park design to include smooth leveled surfaces, hand-rails, new path surfaces, new seat walls, and hundreds of native plants.