Monsoon rains haven't revived park's withering pond.
County officials are proposing a $1 million bond project to help preserve the popular nature spot Agua Caliente Park, where the water level at the drought-stricken main pond has withered so dramatically in recent months that about 60 percent of it is now a waterless mud flat and weed patch.
The drought-stricken main pond at Agua Caliente Park — briefly bolstered by early summer rains — has withered again in the wake of a fizzled monsoon followed by a rainless autumn.
Kira Ogola, left, Becca Flach and Karah Mayer watch instructor Steve Russell plot the course of a river on a map of Arizona for the Sonoran Desert Kids Club session on Arizona's Rivers and Native Fish at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road.
The class used yarn on Saturday to delineate the meandering paths of the rivers running through the state.
A once-dry pond at Agua Caliente Park was filling up with monsoon rainwater as of Wednesday.
Recent rain and cooler weather have allowed the once-dry pond at Agua Caliente Park to recover enough for wildlife.
The main pond at Agua Caliente Park is looking less like a mud flat and more like an inviting oasis once again.
Vast expanses of the main pond at Agua Caliente Park northeast of Tucson have dried up in the drought - and even 55,000 gallons of well water pumped daily into the spring-fed pond won't refill it, officials say.
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, was in office and Congress was authorizing the use of steamboats to transport mail when the Great Mesquite Tree was taking root.
Painters Ida Melen, left, and Terry Bowman paint by the lake during the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society paint-out at Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. The event was held Saturday and kicked off the 2012-13 Paint-out in the Parks season with a paint-out, demonstration…
Terry Bowman uses oils to paint the scene before her. Plein Air Painters specialize in painting landscapes and still-life outdoors. For more information about the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and other paint-outs around town go to http://tpaps.com online.
Lou Knight of Green Valley says he'd rather paint than golf. He's immersed himself in the palms during the event. Knight adds with a laugh, "There's some frustration with this; golf is all frustration."
These paintings were among several on "wet exhibit" following the paint-out.
Workshop and paint-out chairwoman Laurie Williams, left, discusses the details of a painting with artists Ida Melen, center, and Terry Bowman following the paint-out.
Monsoon rains have briefly turned the tide at drought-diminished Agua Caliente Park - bolstering the park's main pond and creating a few shallow pools in a second pond that had all but dried up in April.