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Essential Parks Employees: Behind the Masks

During this nationwide pandemic, many employees have been given the term "essential." At times like these, parks have been deemed an essential service and important for people's mental and physical well-being.

In the video below, take a look behind the masks of the vital Tucson Parks and Recreation maintenance employees whom you will likely never see, but they are at the park every morning, cleaning bathrooms, picking up trash, trimming trees, removing graffiti, or addressing a minor repairs.

Final Downtown Gift Card Round Goes Live Friday Morning

The ninth and final Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) Gift Card Incentive Program starts at 9 a.m. Friday, June 12. Sponsors of this “Community Round,” which will make 800 gift cards available, include the Downtown Development Corporation, Tucson Industrial Development Authority, Larry Hecker, and Scott Parks.

Under the program, people buy a gift card worth $35 for only $25. That $10 bonus incentive is made possible through sponsor(s) support.

School Districts Providing Free Summer Meals for Kids

Local school districts and community organizations are providing free breakfasts and lunches for children Monday-Friday throughout the Tucson area as part of the federal summer meal program. Most locations are distributing free meals to all children ages 18 and under.

There are no income requirements, and children do not need to be enrolled in the district or school. The Arizona Department of Education has a mapping tool to find the closest school meal site to you.

Baby Elephant Update

Penzi, the baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo, has mastered an important new skill. She’s using her trunk to bring water to her mouth to drink. While elephant calves get almost all of their water and nutrients from nursing, these additional fluids are important for staying hydrated in these hot summer months.

City Continues Closure of City Offices and Facilities Until June 22

Acting pursuant to the authority granted per Tucson Code Section 2-1(b) and Section 21-2(b), the city manager and the director of Parks and Recreation order that the reopening of City facilities to the public is delayed until at least 6 a.m. on June 22, 2020.

Recent statistics from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Pima County Health Department (PCHD) show that cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the State of Arizona​ and Pima County.

Department of Transportation and Mobility Prepares for Monsoon

Ahead of heavy monsoon thunderstorms, City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility crews are clearing brush, debris, and trash from the hundreds of washes that cross our city. By doing this before the monsoon, it helps prevent obstructions and allows the flow of stormwater to stay within the washes and not overflow the banks, which could damage properties in the surrounding areas during heavy downpours.

Santa Cruz River Heritage Project: Origins and Evolution Webinar Tomorrow

Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure will be the guest speaker for The Santa Cruz River Heritage Project: Origins and Evolution, hosted by Audubon Arizona, tomorrow, June 9, at noon. Thomure will talk about how the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project developed, how it is evolving, and why Arizona water policy and water management are critical to its existence.


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