February 26, 2010

River Flows Force Tres Rios '10 Changes

Floodwaters down the Gila River have prompted a few changes in the upcoming seventh-annual Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival March 6-7. It was announced previously that the celebration of the outdoors will be held at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, instead of the usual spot along the river near Phoenix International Raceway.
Due to safety concerns regarding increased flows, event organizers decided to not offer canoeing and kids fishing in the river and adjacent backwaters. Fishing, however, will still be available on a localized basis along with and guided hikes and archery.
The changes, however, will not dampen in any way the opportunities the Festival will offer to outdoor lovers wanting to celebrate all the natural world has to offer. Featured are wildlife watching, live music, nature exhibits, hiking.
Admission is free for the two-day event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, however there will be a $2 entry fee per vehicle for entry into the park.

February 12, 2010

Rain Forces Location Change for Tres Rios '10

The location of the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival March 6-7 has been changed for 2010, thanks to Mother Nature and the man-made water flows down the Gila River west of Phoenix.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park, one of Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's crown jewels, has agreed to host the seventh annual event due to heavy rainstorm-related runoff rendering the familiar location near Phoenix International Raceway unusable.

Located south of Goodyear, Estrella Mountain Park was the site of the Festival during the early years and park supervisor Carolyn Mayberry has been most gracious in accommodating the 2010 event, which will again feature free admission along with a $2 per vehicle parking fee, courtesy of the Park.

The relocation aside, longtime Festival fans, as well as first timers, will continue to enjoy all the Festival has to offer, including great music from the Back Porch Bandits, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, kids' fishing and nature areas, educational and entertaining booths, plus quality food and drink booths.

"We regret have to move the Festival at this late date, but our preferred site was not conducive to hosting a safe and comfortable venue for this great event," said Tom Hildebrandt of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, chairman of the Tres Rios steering committee.

Generous support from a variety of sponsors, including Arizona Public Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, City of Avondale, Mesquite Power, Wildlife For Tomorrow Foundation and Luke Air Force Base, is what makes the Festival happen.

From central Phoenix, Estrella Mountain Regional Park is reached by taking I-10 west to Estrella Parkway. Take the parkway south to Vineyard Ave., and then turn left to the park entrance on the right side.

For more information, call (623) 932-2260.