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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.

Motorists Driving Less and Improving Air Quality in Pima County

The number of Pima County residents who reported driving alone to work, school, shopping, and for leisure dropped significantly since last year's survey, resulting in more than 8 million fewer miles driven each day. In May and June, FMR Associates Inc. conducted an Internet and telephone survey of 500 random Pima County households to analyze and track the overall effectiveness of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s (PDEQ) Clean Air Program and actions taken to improve to air quality.

Media Art Completed Near Airport

The First Impressions project art pieces along South Tucson Boulevard, just north of Tucson International Airport (TIA), are some of the first things seen by visitors who arrive in the city. The Tucson Metro Chamber and its project partners worked to beautify about a half-mile of medians leading from TIA. The sculptures represent lifestyle, culture, history, and community in Southern Arizona.

City Council Scheduled to Finalize Agreement to Consolidate General Election in November

The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted last month to combine the City General Election with the Pima County Bond Election, projected to save the City of Tucson approximately $100,000. The final Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) is up for a vote tonight. If approved, Pima County would be in control of the General Election.

New Water Rate Schedule in Effect

New water rates approved in May by the Tucson City Council went into effect yesterday, meaning overall monthly rates will increase by $4.13 for the average residential customer. Tucson Water is a self-supporting department of the City of Tucson. Its rates and fees must cover all costs associated with delivering quality water to the 712,000 customers within its service area. Water rates include both fixed costs and charges that are based on the volume of water used.

City Council to Vote on Memorial Supporting JTED

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will vote on a Memorial urging Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature not to cut funding for Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) that provide career and technical programs for future workers. The Memorial up for consideration says JTED programs are proven to significantly increase test scores, improve high school graduation rates, and move students to careers and college with greater success than any other model of education. The current State of Arizona budget cuts JTEDs by 7.5 percent, or $355 per student.

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