Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation staff are installing 124 new signs on the Rillito River Park portion of The Loop this month. Signs provide directions at intersections and also show distances to points of interest along The Loop.
With the new signs, Loop users can discover ways to reach new destinations via The Loop. “The Loop is the hub of the metropolitan area, it links to almost every one of the jurisdictions,” says County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “So The Loop becomes the main corridor—for pedestrians, bikes, other alternative transportation modes. It’s a great way to reach any destination, whether you’re going to work, school, restaurants, or shopping.”
Where The Loop crosses major streets, new signs show how to access the street or continue on The Loop beneath underpasses. The Santa Cruz River Park and Julian Wash Greenway will be the next sections of The Loop to receive signs.
The Loop path encompasses both banks of four major river systems or waterways. Pima County residents and visitors can enjoy biking, walking, or running along the Rillito River, the Santa Cruz River, the Pantano Wash, the Julian Wash and the Harrison Greenway. The Loop also has path extensions along tributary washes or extensions. These include the Tanque Verde Wash, the Canada del Oro Wash, and north and south of the Santa Cruz River.
More than one third of the metropolitan population lives within a half mile of the Loop or Loop extended paths.
Pima County’s partners in The Loop are: City of Tucson, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, City of South Tucson, Regional Transportation Authority, and the Arizona Department of Transportation.