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Streetcar Celebrates First Anniversary with Free Rides

Sun Link will celebrate its first anniversary on July 25 with free rides all day that Saturday, sponsored by Friends of the Tucson Streetcar, Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Electric Power. The KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series also will hold a special concert on that day. Award-winning vocalist Crystal Stark will perform on a streetcar at 7 p.m., starting at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin).

Tucson Parks & Rec Seeks Public Input on Five-Year Master Plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users. This month, the department kicks off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

Voter-Approved Road Work Begins Next Week on Portion of 22nd St.

Work begins Monday to improve the pavement conditions on 22nd Street from Kolb Road to Sarnoff Drive. Crews will begin the project with the lowering of manhole and water valve covers. That portion of the project is scheduled to be finished by next Thursday. Work will take place from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling (removing asphalt) and repaving 22nd Street on July 22, working both day and night hours. The paving work is scheduled to wrap up on Aug.

Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month in July and pick up the new program guide available July 13

Tucson residents know their parks and recreation facilities provide places to get active, explore nature or connect with community members. But what they may not know is that their parks and recreation also contribute to improved health outcomes, higher property values and environmental sustainability.

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation seeks public input on five-year master plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.

This July the department kicks off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

City Council Unanimously Approves Lease Agreement with Tucson Airport Authority

The Mayor and Tucson City Council Tuesday night approved a new lease agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). Mayor Jonathan Rothschild highlighted several important components of the new lease, including TAA's agreement to invest in infrastructure for revenue-producing projects to attract manufacturers and distributors. The new agreement also provides a safety buffer for Raytheon at no cost to the City, a move that satisfies part of the 2009 annexation agreement with the company.

Task Force Members Needed for Residential Parking Permit Program

If you'd like to play a role in determining the future of Tucson's Residential Parking Permit Program, you can apply to be a task force member. The application deadline is Monday. Task force members will review the current permit program, in light of significant changes to parking usage and needs in certain areas, and determine whether modifications are needed to better serve the community. The recommendations and input made by the 20-member task force will be submitted to the City of Tucson Park Tucson Commission.

Silverbell Road Improvement Project Progressing

Road crews are working on the Silverbell Road, Goret Road to Grant Road Improvement Project. The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will widen that section of Silverbell Road to a curbed four-lane divided roadway (two lanes in each direction), which will include a raised median, bike lanes, a sidewalk on the west side of Silverbell, a multi-use path on the east side of Silverbell, drainage crossing improvements, LED street lighting, signal improvements at the Grant and Goret intersections, bus stop improvements, native landscape, retaining walls at the large slopes, and public art. The Regional Transportation Authority-funded project is expected to take 16 months to complete.

Construction Begins on Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard

Construction is underway on a new signal to help bicyclists and pedestrians cross Euclid Avenue at Fifth Street. The bicycle and pedestrian crossing is the first phase of the Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard. Future phases will improve bicycling and walking along Fifth Street, from Seventh Avenue to Old Main, on the University of Arizona campus. The Fifth Street Bicycle Boulevard will limit the speed and volume of motor vehicle traffic while prioritizing the safety, comfort, and convenience of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Summer Safari Nights Program Concludes Tomorrow at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment-making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. The final event of the summer is tomorrow, 5:30-8 p.m. The theme is Sensational South America – featuring jaguar, capybara, tapir, guanaco, Andean bear, caiman, and more. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

Annexation Beneficial to Neighbors

Becoming part of the City of Tucson has its benefits for those currently on the periphery of city limits, while Tucson also benefits by getting a larger portion of state-shared revenue. With more than 300,000 people living outside of Tucson city limits, that amounts to tens of millions of dollars every year in tax money already paid to the State of Arizona that could be used in our community to help fund police, fire, roads, and parks.

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