Please join the celebration at 2p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Doc Mock Park in Patagonia. Speakers from the Patagonia Tree and Park Committee, the Town of Patagonia, Patagonia Creative Arts Association, Borderlands Restoration Network, Sky Island Tourism Association, the Patagonia Museum, the Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center, and the Arizona Trail Association will share interesting information about the park’s development and many new amenities. There will also be a ribbon cutting and refreshments.
The park is named in honor of Doctor Delmar R Mock who provided medical services to the residents of Patagonia from 1946 to 1983. The celebration will inaugurate the new park amenities that began in 2014 when Cornelia O’Connor wrote a grant to design a walkway through the park. In 2015, the Town of Patagonia asked Borderlands Restoration Network to create the park design. Caleb Weaver, Kate Tirion, Mary McKay, and Bryan Jungers held a series of community meetings, including with Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center students, to hear from all generations of our community about what was of interest for park amenities. After the Patagonia Town Council approved the plans, the Tree and Park Committee sought funding and implemented the plan.
The curving path through the park allows for a meandering enjoyment of the 76 new trees that were installed in 2021 after community members pledged the funding for the trees and the installation of an irrigation system for the trees. Each tree has a plaque honoring a community member.
At the east end of the park near the gazebo, an historic railroad car is in place that will house the new Sky Island Tourist Association visitors welcome center. In that area, there will also be the installation of an AZ Trail Association kiosk that will include a Patagonia Museum timeline of residents of our area starting before 10,000 B.C. and traveling through many periods of growth and change in our community.
The “new” park also includes the Peace Pole installed by the Mountain Empire Rotary Club, many informational stops created by local artist Keith Spooner, several trails maps for our local area created by Robert Gay, and an art gallery of rotating displays by the Creative Arts Center.
Please come celebrate our CommUNITY on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2p.m. and experience the “new” Doc Mock Park.