Arizona State Parks and Trails Honored at Governor’s Conference on Tourism

July 21, 2017

PHOENIX - At the Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism on July 20, 2017, Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) received the Outstanding Tourism Partnership award from the Arizona Office of Tourism for Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, the only memorial park in the state.

"This state park is an example of what happens when the community works together," said Arizona State Parks Executive Director Sue Black. "This memorial state park is a great achievement for the families of the Hotshots, the residents of Yarnell and visitors to our state."

Arizona State Parks and Trails dedicated Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park on November 29, 2016. The park serves as a lasting tribute to 19 Hotshots, elite wildland firefighters, who lost their lives on June 30, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire. From the creation of the Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board to the public opening, the project took under two years and came in 30 percent under budget. 

Multiple partnerships with government agencies, non-profits and private vendors made the project successful, including the Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board, which included representation from Arizona State Parks and Trails; State Representative Karen Fann; Senator Steve Pierce; Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall; Yavapai Supervisor Rowle Simmons; Brendan McDonough, surviving Hotshot crewmember; Amanda Marsh, relative of fallen Hotshot; Yarnell Chamber of Commerce; Prescott Fire Department; m Public Firefighters; Public Safety; Yarnell Fire Distric; State Forestry; and Yavapai County. Additional vital partners included the Arizona Public Service Foundation, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and State Land. More than 15 businesses also contributed and volunteers donated 1,542 hours of labor. 

WHAT: Arizona State Parks and Trails receives Outstanding Tourism Partnership Award for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park.

WHERE: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resortand Spa, Phoenix, Ariz.

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners."

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PRESS CONTACT: Glenn Schlottman at (602) 542-1996 or (480) 589-8877 - Email: