Joining GPANA has benefits. . .

Benefits include opportunities to get to know your neighbors, tasty food and fun at our potlucks and other events, awareness of Neighborhood Watch programs, e-mail alerts re lost/found pets and other issues, and increasing the value of our shared community. Membership dues are $10 a year, per family and are renewable in January of each year. Dues help support affiliate organizations (like Cooper Center), the membership drive, the website, postage, and necessary expenses to keep the organization humming.

GPANA in action, some recent examples:

  • Protested, successfully, an electronic sign proposed for the International Wildlife Museum as signage of this style is not in keeping with the rural nature of this area.
  • Spearheaded opposition to the proposed 260-lot development in Painted Hills.
  • Voiced concern that led to restricting the legal hunting areas and throughways in and around our neighborhood
  • Rolled up our sleeves to help repaint and restore the buildings and ramadas at Camp Cooper

Members get involved! GPANA joined the Adopt-a-Road Program in 1998. We collect roadside trash on Saturday mornings in April and October on Camino de Oeste from West Ironwood Hill Road to the south end of the Camino de Oeste pavement. Potluck brunches and our bi-annual meetings follow the cleanups. Besides GPANA updates at these meetings, we host speakers on educational topics such as termites and bats. Members update us on local issues and volunteer opportunities, including buffelgrass eradication. We invite our elected officials, candidates for public office and Pima County staff for Q&A and for recognition of their help addressing our neighborhood issues. Everyone is welcome whether they collect trash or not. We meet in members’ homes, Cooper Center, and other venues.

GPANA adopted Feliz Paseos Park through the Adopt-a-Park Program where we do quarterly trash cleanups. GPANA also donated, installed and maintains the dog waste bag dispensers. To read about the history of this special park and the grass roots effort that made it happen, click here.

Many neighbors pick up trash on their walks, thanks to all!

Ray Luety, Carolyn Leigh, and Pete Hawkins in their green safety vests, ready to head out after trash. Photo courtesy of Laural Park.

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Roger Carpenter reads out required safety instructions to our group. Photo courtesy of Laural Park.

GPANA’s members gather for our first Adopt-a-Road cleanup in 1999. Photo courtesy of Laural Park.