Southside, a neighborhood of Flagstaff, Arizona, has the distinction of being the oldest, constantly inhabited neighborhood in the city. Southside is also a culturally diverse neighborhood with residents that vary in age from baby to college student to senior citizen. As a community, they have all come together to increase a unified feeling in Southside. There is an excellent working symbiotic relationship between Northwestern Arizona University (NAU) and the Southside. The university offers programs, advice and assistance to the neighborhood and Southside provides rental housing for the college students.
Southside has an excellent location for the history buff. A stroll through the neighborhood will reveal a mural based on the area’s history. The neighborhood is only three minutes from historic Riordon State Park and the Museum of Northern Arizona is housed on campus at NAU. Southside shares a boundary with historic downtown Flagstaff. Together, the areas offer pedestrian-friendly streets and a variety of culture and entertainment. Guided tours are offered through the Visitor’s Bureau or Pioneer Museum, a museum offering more history of the area.
Sawmill Multicultural Arts and Nature County Park is just minutes away. Here, residents will find backyard wildlife habitat demonstration gardens. Public art in the park includes both a sculpture and a tile and paint mural walk. Children can enjoy the playground, while the hiker will enjoy an excursion starting at the park’s trailhead for the Rio de Flag trail.
The Southside Neighborhood Association is alive and well. This group not only works to improve the area, they actively plan events and celebrations to bring the neighborhood families and individuals together to mix and connect with one another.
Weekend excursion opportunities abound. Southside is not far from many points of interest. In less than two hours, it is possible to visit the Grand Canyon, Snowbowl, or San Francisco Peaks.