The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department held it first community-wide open house last night to gather public input on how it can best deliver recreation and leisure opportunities. The draft five-year master plan 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. If you missed last night's open house, there's another one tonight, 5:30-7:30, at the Donna Liggins Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Recruiting Unit is accepting registrations for a voluntary physical fitness orientation this Saturday. It will provide future applicants the opportunity to gauge their fitness level before testing for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Participants will also receive mentoring from the Recruiting Unit and physical training instructors. The fitness orientation is not part of the actual hiring process.
Like any family, Reid Park Zoo's African elephant herd enjoys spending time together, and occasionally the youngsters can stir things up a bit. In the Tucson 12 video below, 4-year-old Sundzu takes things a little too far with his 1-year-old sister Nandi, and mom puts a stop to it.
On Monday, September 21, 2015, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin a fog seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.
To minimize the impact on the traveling public, crews will work from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday. The dates and locations where the first two roadway improvements will take place are:
Pima County’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program invites neighborhood leaders and residents to attend its Neighborhood Leadership Institute this Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress. The workshop is free for designated representatives of neighborhood groups. To register, contact Leslie Nixon at (520) 724-6769 or Leslie.Nixon@pima.gov.
Two more public forums are scheduled for community input into the proposed January 8th Memorial design concept at El Presidio Park downtown. Los Angeles-based Chee Salette Architecture Office (CSAO) was chosen to design a master plan for the park and memorial. A final design could be completed in January, followed by a development and construction stage that could start next year. The public meetings are scheduled for Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Tucson Fire Department Headquarters (300 S. Fire Central Place) and Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is underway for Friday's Women in Law Enforcement event, hosted by the Tucson Police Department's (TPD) Recruiting Unit. Female TPD employees will discuss career paths and opportunities for women in law enforcement and related fields. The forum will be held Friday night (check-in starts at 6:30) at the Westside Police Substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile.
Tucson 12 won three awards last week, as the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) honored the winners of the 30th Annual Government Programming Awards in San Diego. The City's television station won Second Place awards for "Zoo News - Predator/Prey Relationships" and "Tucson City News in Review." Tucson 12 also took Third Place for "Camp Fury." You can watch the winning videos below.
This month marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of the month, Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit.
The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.
Saguaro National Park and the Desert Research Learning Center are seeking volunteers to assist with a two service projects on Public Lands Day, September 26, Public Lands Day. This year, Saguaro National Park has events in both districts of the park for volunteers.
The Planning Commission tomorrow will consider whether to send a draft text amendment recommendation to Mayor and Council relating to urban agriculture. The City of Tucson has been working with the community to develop a proposal which would, among other things, allow people to grow their own food and raise food-producing animals, such as chickens, miniature goats, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
The Tucson Community Center Historic District downtown was listed in the National Register of Historic Places last week. The district consists of the landscape surrounding the TCC Arena, Music Hall and Leo Rich Theater; the walkway between the hotel and La Placita Village; and Veinte de Agosto Park. The Convention Center and arena are in the southern end of the district.
The district was designed in stages by Modernist landscape architect Garrett Eckbo (1910-2000) in 1971, 1973, and 1974.