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Join Parks and Rec for Summer Track and Field and Road Races

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting its annual summer track and field and road races throughout June and July. Track and field events will be held Tuesdays, through July 17, at Drachman Stadium, 501 S. Plumer. Road races will be every Thursday, through July 19, at Freedom Park (June 28), Lakeside Park ramada 1 (June 14 and July 12), and Reid Park southwest corner (June 21 and July 19).

City Recruiting Carpenter

The City of Tucson is seeking a carpenter for carpentry and construction work in the repair and modification of public facilities and related structures. This is a lead position in the General Services Department that involves estimating, planning, and coordinating jobs, as well as providing guidance to others performing the same tasks.

The position requires at least two years constructing, repairing, and installing carpentry at a skilled journey level.

Summer Movies in the Park Series Tonight

Looking for some family entertainment on a Friday night over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, continues tonight, June 8, at Reid Park with a free showing of Paddington 2.

Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday, through July 20, at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 920 S. Concert Place (22nd Street and Country Club Road). Entertainment and games begin at 6 p.m., and food will be available to purchase from food trucks.

2nd Saturdays Downtown This Weekend

2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place tomorrow, June 9. Events during the day include Locomotive Saturdays at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, the Pima County Home & Garden Show at the Tucson Convention Center (admission charge), a 60-minute all-level yoga class at Hotel Congress (suggested $5 donation), Make a Straw Necklace at the Tucson Children’s Museum, and other activities at various downtown venues.

Road Recovery Bond Program - 22nd Street Repaving Project

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin a repaving project on 22nd Street from Houghton Road to about one-half mile east of Houghton Road.  The project will begin with the lowering of manhole covers and water valve covers tomorrow, Friday, June 8, 2018.

Traffic Alert - Grant Road Improvement Project Phase II - Stone Avenue to Park Avenue - Park Avenue Closed North of Grant Road and Additional Side Street Closures

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, Park Avenue just north of Grant Road will be closed to travel to allow work crews to repave this section of roadway.  The closure will be in effect from approximately 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same day. During the closure, motorists and bicyclists traveling south on Park Avenue will not have access to Grant Road.  Glenn Street can be used as a detour. Motorists and bicyclists traveling north on Park Avenue approaching Grant Road will be allowed to turn eastbound and westbound on Grant Road. Through travel will be prohibited during the closure.

Road Recovery Bond Program - Tanque Verde Road - Sabino Canyon Road to Kolb/Grant Roads Repaving Project - Final Paving Delayed

The final section of milled roadway on Tanque Verde Road between Sabino Canyon Road and Kolb/Grant Roads is scheduled to be repaved on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Originally the final paving was scheduled to be complete on Friday, June 8, 2018; however, a supply shortage of oil and asphalt is delaying the work.

Following the final paving operations, crews are scheduled to raise the manhole covers and water valve covers flush with the new asphalt on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20.  

City Council Approves Budget

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night gave final approval to City Manager Michael Ortega's $1.5 billion Recommended FY 2018/2019 Budget (item 10), including the Five-Year Capital Plan.

The budget includes a previously approved 2.5 percent pay adjustment for all permanent City employees with at least 1.5 years of service and an extension of the amortization period of mandated payment increases to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).


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