NewsNet 03-31-15

GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE CLOSED AFTER VANDALISM - The Tucson Police and Parks and Recreation departments are asking the public for any information they may have about the weekend vandalism at the Garden of Gethsemane, 602 W. Congress St. Several statues were damaged, and the artist will assess the damage and make repairs as soon as possible. There are no known witnesses or suspects. If you have any information, please call 88-CRIME. In February 2014, the City of Tucson and Knights of Columbus celebrated restoration of artwork at the Garden of Gethsemane, which has been open to the public for more than 30 years. The garden is closed until further notice. Read the Park and Recreation news release.
Watch the Tucson 12 video of the Garden of Gethsemane restoration.

JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL DESIGN TEAMS TO SHOW PLANS AGAIN - The design finalists for the proposed January 8th Memorial at El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson are back in town to present their final designs. You can see the presentations Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St. This is the third phase of the design competition, where each team will unveil their preliminary ideas to the public. After a 30-day open comment period, the selection panel will choose a design team to continue working with the community to develop the final design for the memorial and a master plan for El Presidio Park. The permanent memorial will commemorate the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shootings that killed six people and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.

VOTER-APPROVED ROAD WORK BEGINS TOMORROW ON PORTION OF 22ND STREET - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work tomorrow to improve the pavement conditions on 22nd Street, from Wilmot Road to Swan Road. Crews will begin lowering manhole and water valve covers on 22nd Street, from Wilmot Road to Craycroft Road. Work hours will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with scheduled completion by this Friday. Next Monday, crews will begin milling (removing asphalt) and repaving 22nd Street. The work will take place from 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. and is scheduled to be finished by Friday, May 8.. During the work, at least one lane in each direction will be maintained. The pavement improvement project is part of the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Read the TDOT news release.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report

TOMORROW IS NATIONAL WALKING DAY - The American Heart Association's National Walking Day is tomorrow, with a celebration beginning at noon in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. The event, co-sponsored by Carondelet, begins with a health fair, and a one-mile community walk around Downtown Tucson begins at 12:30. Healthy snacks will be provided, as will information about Tucson's best hiking trails.

CATCH UP ON CITY NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED - The City and County partner to modernize the 9-1-1 Communications Center; Tucson Water works with students to teach them how to save money for their school; and Cyclovia Tucson rides again. Those stories are featured in this month's edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.