Steam Pump Ranch - Second Saturdays
Every second Saturday of the month, Steam Pump Ranch hosts special tours, historic and cultural presentations, concert series and activities for children.
These activities are free for all ages.
See the calendar for a current list of activities, or call the Parks and Recreation office at 229-5050.
Time: 8 a.m. - noon, depending on season.
History of the Second Saturdays Program:
The Town of Oro Valley’s Parks and Recreation Department introduced a new program called Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch in the spring of 2013. This program was designed to bring awareness to the Town’s only historic property, Steam Pump Ranch. Since being purchased by the Town in 2008, the 16-acre property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Ranch buildings have undergone significant rehabilitation for public access. The Department’s first Second Saturday events offered Town staff-led tours of the buildings and property, a children’s craft, and short talks in the Ranch’s historic garden re-creation.
In the fall of 2013, the Second Saturdays program was greatly expanded through the efforts of the Town, its new partners and a cadre of volunteers. The Oro Valley Historical Society began offering formal tours of the property on those Saturday mornings. Public speakers began presenting talks on the history and culture of the area, coordinated by the Society and Town staff. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) began leading public art tours from the Ranch on those dates. In addition, educational activities at the Ranch’s historic garden incorporated both adult and children’s activities and crafts. Regional musicians were also recruited to provide entertainment to guests. In October 2013, the Oro Valley Farmer’s Market was moved from Town Hall to the Ranch, and an Artisan’s Market was added. All of these activities have greatly expanded the attendance at the Second Saturdays events. More importantly, it has allowed for the expansion of the Department’s Cultural Programming in a unique venue.
Partners: Oro Valley Historical Society
Additional Info: Steam Pump Ranch history