TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima County and the YMCA of Southern Arizona officials announced today the Kino Community Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, will revert to County control with the support of Kino Sports Complex.
Officials say the action is mutually beneficial to both organizations, as the Y will be able to continue to provide programs and services at the center and the county will be able to expand the sports entertainment options available at the North Complex area of the sports complex.
Pima County built the 32,000 square-foot center in 1995 and has leased it to the YMCA of Southern Arizona since 2011. The facility includes an indoor sports center, an aquatics center, community and meeting rooms, weightlifting and exercise areas, locker rooms and children's playground.
"Through our ongoing partnership with Pima County, the Y will continue to provide much needed services to South Tucson – including our All Kids Swim program that serves more than 270 children ensuring their safety in and around water," said Kurtis Dawson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona. "We are grateful for our partnership with the county, which allows us to serve so many in such a tangible way."
Since Major League Baseball Spring Training left the Tucson market in 2011, the county has repurposed Kino Sports Complex into a successful multi-sport, multi-use sports tournament and entertainment venue. More than 150 organizations book the facility every year, ranging from Korean and Mexican pro baseball leagues to women's professional rugby, and from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show to the KFMA Fall Ball alt-rock concert.
"Adding the recreation center to our amenities will help us be a more versatile venue and expand the types of groups and event sponsors we market the complex to," said Reenie Ochoa, Kino Sports Complex director. "But it's also really important that we're able to continue to support the neighborhood through continuing some of the YMCA's programs. Combined with the adjacent Sam Lena Park, we will remain a recreation resource for the communities along East Ajo Way."
The transfer of control is scheduled to take place July 1, 2018.