Volunteer opportunity description
Tovrea Castle, perched atop a cactus-covered hill in east-central Phoenix, has intrigued generations of Valley residents. The castle was built by Alessio Carraro between 1928-1930, who also added a spectacular desert garden now known as the Carraro Cactus Garden. The castle and surrounding 44 acres, now owned by the City of Phoenix, have been officially named Tovrea Castleat Carraro Heights in recognition of the families associated with its history.
Volunteers are depended on to help maintain the 44 acres and the area is always in need of raking, trimming, watering and weeding. Volunteers have made an amazing difference, led by the Tovrea Carraro Society. Thank you to all who have contributed their time and sweat!
The castle structure recently underwent massive restoration and the city continues efforts to restore the Carraro Cactus Garden. However, budget restrictions have not allowed the intended tours of the cactus garden and plans for access to the castle.
The castle, a Phoenix Point of Pride, is a collaborative project of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Tovrea Castle was listed on City Historic Property Registry in 1990 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
The volunteer opportunities are normally outside in the element on un even ground. Prior registration is required and children should be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Our volunteer needs
We need volunteers who are free at these times