Pima County launches the loop

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Pima County officially "launched the loop" on Saturday morning.

The loop is about 55-miles of paths to walk, bike, skate or even ride a horse.  Basically, anything without a motor is acceptable, according to County officials.

Dozens of bicyclists showed up at the press conference, to help celebrate the event.

"I love it. It couldn't be done soon enough. I've been waiting for a long time," said cyclist Mary McKenzie.

Pima County administrator C.H. Huckleberry said it was an idea that had been hatching for the last 25 years.  That is when the county first talked about building a river park system around Tucson.

Voter approved bonds helped make it happen.

Huckleberry said many of those voters would be able to take advantage of the loop.

"It's just basically a short walk, we have basically 60% of our regional population within a mile of these parks," said Huckleberry.

Cyclist Davie Wright felt the loop gave more Tucsonans an opportunity to get out there and live a healthier lifestyle.

The Loop will connect you to parks, bus routes, schools, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues.

It will connect the Rillito River Park to the Santa Cruz River Park, as well as the Julian Wash Greenway, the Harrison Greenway, and Pantano River Park.

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