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Colorado River State Historic Park
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For Immediate Release
January 8th, 2024
Colorado River Park Hosts Free Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Yuma, AZ – On Saturday, January 13th, at 9:30 a.m., the Colorado River State Historic Park will host their Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.
The Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest is a free, fun, family-friendly event that invites everyone in the community to grab a box of chalk and decorate a square of the park’s sidewalk.
“The City of Yuma is hosting their annual Art in the Park at Gateway Park, right next to our historic museum, and we thought this would be a great way to support the art festivities and encourage even more folks to come and celebrate Yuma’s art community with both events,” said Tammy Snook, Park Manager of the Colorado River State Historic Park.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Receives Grant to provide an all-expenses paid field trip to Yuma’s two state historic parks and Yuma East Wetlands.
Yuma, AZ November 13, 2023 – Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area has received an Open OutDoors for Kids grant from the National Park Foundation to provide all-expenses paid field trips to Yuma County’s 3rd and 4th grade students.
Celebrate loved ones lost with our Dia de los Muertos event at the Yuma Territorial Prison hosted in conjunction with the Chicano Art Collective.
Admission: $10; Ages 7 & under FREE
Doors OPEN @ 5:00 pm
Event Ending @ 10:00 pm
One more week of voting for Best Haunted title
Community members have one more week left to vote for the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park as the Best Haunted Destination in the nation.
As of Friday, the Territorial Prison ranked No. 2, behind Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, in the USA Today 10Best contest.
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is once again vying for the title of Best Haunted Destination in the nation.
The historic prison has previously held the No. 1 and 2 spots in the USA Today 10Best contest. The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which oversees the state park, is asking community members to help the prison regain the title.
To vote, go to www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-haunted-destination-2023. The Heritage Area invites supporters to vote multiple times a day from different devices to secure the top spot again.
Yuma’s riverfront is now a beautiful destination and tourist attraction, not something you might easily imagine for the desert Southwest.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area has been a driving force behind the transformation of the riverfront, helping to attract tourism and economic development.
Today, the organization contributes nearly $23 million annually to Yuma’s economy and leverages $5 for every $1 in federal funding received.
And now the Heritage Area has stable operational funding for the next 15 years due to the passage of the congressional National Heritage Area Act and Yuma’s 2% hospitality tax.
“This will allow us to continue to make improvements to the riverfront and increase tourism and economic development, all contributing to Yuma’s livability and helping to attract more people to want to live and work in Yuma,” said Sarah Halligan, communications specialist with the Heritage Area.
Halligan was one of the guest speakers at the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp. Quarterly Investor Luncheon on Aug. 2, which centered on the theme “Innovative Community Marketing Techniques for Talent Attraction.”
Congress designed Heritage Areas to conserve nationally significant landscape and promote and protect their natural historic, cultural and recreational resources.
In a coordinated effort to reconnect with the Lower Colorado River, both environmentally, economically and recreationally, the Yuma community sought designation as a National Heritage Area, and in October 2000, Congress authorized the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.
A new cemetery sign – brought to Yuma by Gila Ridge welding students
On Saturday, April 1, the Colorado River State Historic Park will host Yuma’s first “Haru Matsuri” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Haru Matsuri, which means “spring festival” in Japanese, will be a daylong celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture. The festival will feature entertainment, vendors, demonstrations, crafts and food.
“We’ve got a really great lineup of entertainment for this brand new event, including Taiko drummers from Tucson, local martial arts demonstrations, and a husband-and-wife Hawaiian hula and fire dancer duo,” said Tammy Snook, park manager.
Congressional legislation ensures long-term stability for Yuma Crossing
CONGRESS ENACTS LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO ENSURE LONG TERM STABILITY FOR YUMA CROSSING NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
For Immediate Release:
December 27th, 2022
CONGRESS ENACTS LANDMARK LEGISLATION
TO ENSURE LONG TERM STABILITY FOR YUMA CROSSING NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
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Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
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On Thursday, December 22, 2022, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the National Heritage Area Act (S. 1942) on a bi-partisan vote of 326-95. This action followed the unusual vote of “unanimous consent” by the Senate requiring no objections from any of the 100 Senators.
This legislation was championed by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) in the House and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate.