Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham yesterday announced that the City of Tucson will inviting kids to swim for free this summer. Pools open June 1 and kids 17 and younger can swim for free at 17 of the City's 18 pools. The free admission will be in place until the end of the summer season on Aug. 2. A fee still will be charged at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center pool. Fees there are $2 for adults (18 and over) and $1 for youth.
The new, award-winning Kino Parkway/22nd Street Grade-Separated Intersection will be named the “Robert E. Walkup Interchange at Kino Parkway and 22nd Street.” Walkup served as Tucson's mayor from 1999 to 2011. Among his achievements, Walkup led the effort to create the voter-approved 2006 Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Tucson Medical Center (TMC) are hosting a Homebuyer Expo next Wednesday, May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in TMC's Marshall Auditorium (5301 E. Grant Road). There will be information on down payment assistance programs, obtaining a mortgage, and improving your credit score. For more information contact Jaimie Galayda at Jaimie.Galayda@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4201.
Reid Park and Udall Park will be alive with music this Memorial Day weekend. The volunteer Arizona Symphonic Winds will play Saturday at Udall Park's László Veres Amphitheater, 7600 E. Tanque Verde Road. The Tucson Pops Orchestra, comprised mostly of Tucson Symphony Orchestra players, takes the stage Sunday at Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road. Admission is free to both concerts. Under the baton of László Veres, music director of both orchestras, the concerts begin at 7 p.m. each night.
All City of Tucson offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, except for emergency services. Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day. Sun Express and Sun Shuttle will not be in operation. Meanwhile, Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, so all customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week.
The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have begun a three-year environmental study of potential routes for the proposed Sonoran Corridor, which would connect Interstate 19 to Interstate 10, south of Tucson International Airport. The comment period (public scoping) will last until July 15, 2017.
This week is National EMS Week, and the Tucson Fire Department is reminding you how to react when you hear sirens nearby. Whenever you see a fire truck or other emergency vehicle with sirens and flashing lights, pull to the right, stop safely, and allow the vehicle to pass before continuing.
All City of Tucson offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, except for emergency services. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, so all customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week. The Los Reales Landfill also will be closed.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night approved a tentative budget of a little more than $1.426 billion. The spending plan submitted by City Manager Michael Ortega is structurally balanced and does not include any increases in fees or tax rates. Final adoption of the budget is set for June 6.