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Monthly Meeting of the SHNA

The next monthly meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association will be held February 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Himmel Park Library. 

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise announced, Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Look for minutes of recent meetings on the Minutes/Agendas page.

Sam Hughes Maps

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

James Head, PhD
President, Water Tower Committee

Josephine Wilson
Vice President, Newsletter

Alicia Armet

Nancy DeFeo

Andrew Chirch

Carolyn Classen, J.D.

William Craig
Park Tucson

Len Nicholson

Vytas Sakalas

John Wilder

John O'Dowd
The Sam Hughes neighborhood recognizes and honors President Emeritus John O'Dowd for his long service as a board member, board president, and tireless neighborhood advocate.

Neighborhood Committee Members & other Volunteers

Denice Blake
Home Tour and Himmel Park Beautification

Betty Guarraia
Home Tour and Himmel Park Beautification

Susan Peters
Himmel Park Beautification

Jeanne Foley
Home Tour

Bobbi Hutchinson
Home Tour

Pam Greene
Home Tour

Connie de la Vergne
Home Tour

Becky Heilman
Home Tour

Al Guevara
The TucsonComputerDude

2009 Website Makeover.
NextDoor, 2014.
Facebook Page, 2014, 2018.

Dustin Fitzpatrick
Historic Designation

February 16th, 2020

SHNA memberships renew on January 1st

All SHNA memberships are due for renewal on January 1st. You can renew by:
1- Mailing a check for $20 to
SHNA or Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association
c/o Membership
PO Box 42931
Tucson, AZ 85733
2- Or by Paying online with your credit or debit card.

SHNA renewal postcard

Sam Hughes Plan Update Flyer
For a look at the existing plan see The 1985 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Plan

Benedictine Monastery Neighborhood Meeting

A formal neighborhood meeting was held April 17, 2019 regarding the P.A.D. (Planned Area Development) and HL (Historic Landmark) rezoning of the former Benedictine Monastery. The meeting was required by the City of Tucson as part of the process of the proposed redevelopment of the property.

The property is owned by developer Ross Rulney with architect Corky Poster of Poster Frost Mirto planning the development. The building was temporarily being used as a shelter for Central American asylum seekers.

Please see Benedictine Meeting , a copy of the presentation by the developer given at the meeting. It gives a history of the process up to that time, along with considerable detail of the proposed development, including historical photos of the monastery. The design is an ongoing process and as it progresses we'll post additional information. Also see the article about the meeting in our Spring newsletter.

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour 2019

The 2019 Sam Hughes and Neighborhood Tour committee would like to thank all of our participants for making the tour such a resounding, sold-out success. Those participants are the owners of the 11 homes on the tour as well as owners of the 10 other venues. But so many others are the support without which we couldn't function: 70 volunteers, advertisers, AZ DAILY STAR, and in-kind donors Rincon Market, Arte de la Vida, Fotoventures, Deadwood Framing, Bob Dobbs/Corbett Brewing Co. and, of course, our sponsor Truly Nolen.

With 1420 attendees and $39,412 in net proceeds (a 45% gain over the 2017 tour), we'll be hard put to best ourselves in the 2021 tour. Still yet, we're brimming with ideas and have 18 months to rest up. We think Mr. Hughes, for whom the neighborhood was named but never lived here, would be mighty proud.

Denice Blake, Betty Guarraia, Jeanne Foley, Bobbi Hutchinson, Pam Greene, Connie de la Vergne, and Becky Heilman

Photo credit Dan Chavez


Here are links for making your tax-free donation:


Make sure under "Donation Type" you pick "Himmel Park Project" or "Himmel Park Ramada".

2017 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour

The Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour was held Sunday, April 9, 2017. This popular walking tour of a midtown historic neighborhood contiguous to the University of Arizona has been conducted approximately every other year for decades.

This year's tour featured 10 residences and gardens, music and art, a lecture by Senator Steve Farley about Mid-Century Modern homes here in Tucson, new and/or interesting businesses, and other points of interest in the one square mile historic neighborhood bordered by Campbell Ave. and Country Club Road and Speedway Blvd. and Broadway Blvd.

Photo by Dan Chavez Photography

2-Way Radios for Sam Hughes Elementary

Good neighbor and SHNA board member Len Nicholson presented four Motorola radios to Sam Hughes Elementary School Principal Kathryn Bolasky in September. Len researched the needs of the school, provided a couple of radios as a trial, and arranged for the purchase of the four radios on behalf of the SHNA.

Water Tower Renovation

After years of planning and fundraising the first stage of renovating the water tower across from Himmel Park is complete. For more (and bigger and better) before and after pictures click here.

Himmel Park Revitalization Campaign

Friends of Himmel Park needs your help now!  Trees in the park keep falling and dying and the City has limited funds to replace them.  More than a dozen mature shade trees have been lost in the past two years—five alone went down in the first monsoon of the summer.  With them has gone precious shade and the unique beauty of one of Tucson's oldest, most beloved parks.

For more information, including how to donate, click here.

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