NewsNet 04-24-15

DISCOUNTED SUMMER TRANSPORTATION/POOL PASS NOW AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS - The City of Tucson and Sun Tran are now offering the SummerGO Youth Pass for unlimited summer rides on transit and entrance to City pools. The $45 passes are available now through June. High school students will need a valid student ID to purchase the pass, which will be effective from May 22 through August 5. Additionally, the SummerGO Youth Pass offers pass holders special summer discounts at Skate Country, Funtasticks Family Fun Park, and Goodness Fresh Food and Juice Bar. Pass sales will be tested and then evaluated to determine if the pilot program or similar program will be integrated into the public transportation fare structure on a long-term basis. Read more from the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, and watch Tucson 12 video about Parks and Recreation summer discounts.

PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION BEGINS TOMORROW - Online registration begins tomorrow for City of Tucson residents for most summer programs for children, leisure classes, and swim lessons. Non-City residents can register beginning Monday. Tucson Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog is available online and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers, and pools. The Program Guide contains information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration, and the Discount Program. In addition, the guide contains information on other programs and services, including the department’s recreation, senior, and fitness centers, as well as Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and 18 swimming pool locations. Watch Tucson 12 video about the guide.

PRELOAD YOUR PARKING APP AND SAVE MONEY - When you pay for metered parking with the convenient, free, GoTucson app, you can set up your own Park Tucson Prepaid Wallet. Each time you park, you can pay by drawing down your account balance rather than charging your credit or debit card. Using the Prepaid Wallet also qualifies you for Park Tucson parking discounts made available only to customers who have funded their Prepaid Wallet. Just click "Park Tucson Prepaid Wallet" to manage your account. In the video linked below, Tucson 12 shows you different ways you can use the new smart meters.

WEEKEND ROAD RESURFACING PROJECT ON PARTS OF STONE AVENUE - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will mill (remove asphalt) and repave Stone Avenue between Toole Avenue/Franklin Street and Alameda Street. Stone Avenue will be closed to all through traffic during the construction hours, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday. Motorists will be able to detour either on to Franklin Street or Toole Avenue, but there may be some travel delays.  Both Sixth Avenue and Church Avenue are suggested alternate routes when entering downtown from the north during the work. The pavement improvement project is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Read the news release.
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report

TUCSON CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY AS A 'TREE CITY' - The Arbor Day Foundation includes Tucson as part of its Tree City USA designation. Tucson joins 3,400 other U.S. cities recognized for their commitments to effective urban forest management. The U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to honor communities that use trees to help clean air, improve stormwater management, save energy, and increase property values. You can buy a tree for $8 (for Tucson Electric Power customers) through Tucson Clean & Beautiful's Trees for Tucson. The trees must be planted within 15 feet of the west, south or east side of your home. Trico Electric Cooperative members may request trees at a cost of $15.