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Fall KIDCO and Leisure Class Registration Begins Tomorrow

Tucson Parks and Recreation KIDCO and leisure class registration opens tomorrow for city residents and July 19 for non-city residents.

The fall  Activity Guide is available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including administration offices, recreation centers, pools, and many local libraries. The Activity Guide contains information on leisure classes, KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program.

Final Work on Repaving Projects for Two Intersections This Weekend

With paving complete, road crews will begin raising manhole and water valve covers at the intersections of Alvernon Way and Ft. Lowell Road and Speedway Boulevard and Main Street. The work will be performed tomorrow and Sunday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Barricades will remain in place with travel restrictions at both intersections until approximately 5 a.m. Monday to allow the concrete to cure.

Staff Shortage

Accessibility Training

The City of Tucson strives to ensure buildings are fully accessible to those with disabilities. As such, our building code staff will be attending training on July 25th and July 26th to stay sharp on those regulations. Due to our staff shortage during these days, we request that plan review and inspection needs are deferred to alternate dates if possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you

Elderly Giraffe Euthanized at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo announced today that Texas, a 27 year old reticulated giraffe, was euthanized this morning. Texas was considered one of the Zoo’s oldest animals and had been under special medical care recently due to age-related health issues.

Texas was born in 1989 in Glen Rose, Texas and came to Reid Park Zoo later that year. She gave birth to five offspring who now reside at other zoos around the country.

TEP Will Award Grants to Nonprofits

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will award $250,000 this year to help local nonprofit groups improve education, protect the environment, and expand limited-income assistance through its new Community Impact Grants.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on July 27 to be considered for funding. Applications will be reviewed through September, and grants will be awarded this fall.

Tucson Fire Department Begins New Training Academy for Recruits

The Tucson Fire Department this week started a 22-week academy with 18 new recruits. The class is scheduled to graduate from the academy in December.

As part of the first week of training, recruits will be going through the “mud bog” tomorrow morning. The mud bog is an event in which recruits advance a charged hose line approximately 100 feet while walking through up to 2 feet of muddy water. The exercise challenges the recruits physically and mentally and reinforces the team concept of the fire department.

Tucson Water Expands Customer Service Hours and Staffing

Tucson Water's Customer Call Center is now open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays to better serve customers. The call center is receiving very high call volumes due to hot weather.

The Customer Service and Billing phone numbers are (520) 791-3242 or (800) 598-9449 (outside the Tucson area), and the e-mail address is

Back to School Bash and Other Events to Give Away Free School Supplies

Several school districts and agencies in the Tucson area are holding events over the next couple of weeks to distribute free back-to-school supplies and immunizations. One of the signature events is Ward 4's 16th annual Back to School Bash and Pancake Breakfast, this Saturday, 8-11 a.m., at the Clements Recreation Center, 8155 East Poinciana Dr.

Call for Entries: Parks and Rec Cover Photo Contest

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department invites all photographers, both amateur and professional, to share their best, original photos taken at any Tucson city park or recreation facility, event, sport, program, or class.

Submit up to two of your favorite Parks and Recreation photos by Monday, Sept. 19. The Spring Activity Guide with the winning cover photo will be released Nov. 14. Please read the photo conest rules the judging timetable and other pertinent submission requirements.


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