The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved the naming of “The Chuck Huckelberry Loop” on Tuesday, 3-2.

The 131-mile shared-use trail will honor County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who was instrumental in getting the vehicle-free pathway established, according to Michael Lundin, chair of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.

“Mr. Huckelberry has poured his heart and soul into this project from day one,” Lundin said. “This honor is well-deserved and will be a lasting legacy to his hard work and dedication to this amazing community asset.”

Huckelberry’s involvement dates to the 1980s, Lundin said in a prepared statement, when he was head of Pima County flood control and transportation departments.

When Huckelberry took the helm of the county board, Lundin said, trail experts Steve Anderson and Sue Clark of the Pima trails association saw the potential of an urban loop designed for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. The pair enlisted Bill Adamson of Green Valley, Norm Land and the late Roy Schoonover to make the plan a reality.

“We explained to Chuck that we thought there was a case to complete The Loop in a few years,” Adamson said. “He really deserves [the honor] because he made the completion happen. A lot was being done, but it didn’t really accelerate until Chuck got involved.”

The loop was borne of the area floods of 1983, when county residents began investing in the Pima County Regional Flood Control District. The project launched the construction of soil-cement banks designed to prevent flooding along metropolitan waterways.

Today the loop includes a shared path with buffered bike lanes that connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz and Pantano river parks. The route extends throughout unincorporated Pima County, linking Marana, Oro Valley, Tucson and South Tucson.

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