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spaces within Piestewa Peak. The
department also met with and solicited
input from the Hopi Tribe's
cultural preservation officer, as well
as historic
preservation officers
from the Gila River Indian Community
and the Salt River PimaMaricopa
Indian Community.
" We work closely with the local
tribes and have some really
well-established relationships with
them, " says Aguilar. " We work
closely to maintain those relationships,
so that we can make sure
our projects are reflective of what
they would like to see us doing in
the community. "
Whiterock agrees, recognizing
the significance of the inhabitants
of the land Piestewa Peak sits on.
" It's important to know that
our Indigenous neighbors are
there, too, " he says. " It's just
important to pay that respect,
knowing this
is
actually their
land and how important it is for
us to acknowledge that. "
A Space to Honor and Heal
Percy is grateful for all the people
who worked so hard to honor her
daughter, especially the hikers of
Piestewa Peak, who provided a
lot of the funding for the Ocotillo
Ramada renovation project. She
also is extremely grateful for the
park and recreation professionals
in Phoenix who have dedicated
so much of their time and energy
to this space.
" We can't forget the workers
- the stewards of the mountain
- who clean it up and make all
of the improvements, " she says.
" We need to thank them because
they are there pretty much on a
daily basis to make sure the park
is up to par. "
Aguilar is extremely proud of
how things have come together and
The Piestewa Peak Trailhead and
Ocotillo Ramada can be found at 2701
Piestewa Peak Drive in Phoenix.
how the park and recreation department
staff serve such a diverse
population. She says it's amazing
to see so many people enjoying this
space in so many different ways.
For Whiterock, he is grateful that
this space is available not only to
honor and remember his mother, but
also for others who have lost a family
member serving in the military.
" Being in the footsteps of having
to lose a mom - and I'm
probably not the only military dependent
who has lost a parent -
it's just a true healing place where
I can just be myself, talk to people
and let other emotions out, "
he says. " It's just a safe place, and
I want to let other Gold Star families
know that it's a welcoming
place for everyone. "
Visiting Piestewa Peak
NRPA is proud to be traveling to
Phoenix for the 2022 NRPA Annual
Conference this September
20-22. If you are attending, we
encourage you to visit
Piestewa
Peak and pay tribute to Private
Lori Piestewa and all the others
this mountain honors. Surrounding
the
base
of
the
Piestewa
Peak, Phoenix Mountains
Park and Recreation Area
and Dreamy
2,608-foot
Draw Recreation
Area are gateways into diverse desert
landscapes that offer everything
from fantastic views to secluded
valleys. This area boasts dozens of
miles of multiuse trails. The Piestewa
Peak Trailhead and Ocotillo
Ramada can be found at 2701 Piestewa
Peak Drive in Phoenix.
To hear more from Percy Piestewa,
Brandon Whiterock and Cynthia Aguilar,
tune in to the July bonus episode
of Open Space Radio at nrpa.org/
July2022BonusEpisode.
To learn more about how " We Rise
Up for Parks and Recreation " during
Park and Recreation Month, visit
nrpa.org/July.
Cort Jones (he/him) is NRPA's Manager of Strategic
Communications (cjones@nrpa.org).
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