NewsNet 10-31-14

STREETCAR RIDERSHIP EXCEEDING PROJECTIONS - After a little more than three months in operation, the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is carrying more passengers than predicted. Average daily ridership has been increasing steadily since the streetcar's debut July 25. As of this month, the average has been about 4,200 passengers. Projections before launch had been about 3,600. So far, Sun Link has generated $900 million in investments along the route and revitalized Downtown Tucson. Since 2008, 194 new businesses have opened downtown and 158 of those businesses remain open, according to reports from the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Sun Link travels a 3.9-mile route between the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District.

ONE-DAY PARK BUILD TOMORROW - The all-ages redesign of La Madera Park, 2700 E La Madera Drive, is scheduled to be completed tomorrow during a six-hour, one-day build. The City of Tucson, Lend a Hand Senior Assistance, and Humana Inc. are working with KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,300 playgrounds) to build a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground. The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana, is being created using drawings and other input from community members, including children and seniors. The new design is senior-focused with adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths to promote good posture, balance, and flexibility. There also will be traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a multi-generational space. Read the news release, and watch Tucson 12 video of playground equipment removal.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: TUCSON POLICE OFFICER - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy class(es) within the next six months. The earliest academy that will be filled from this list is January 2015. The application deadline is Nov. 9. Read more from TPD, and view the official job description from City of Tucson. You also can ride along with an officer who gives advice about joining TPD, from Tucson 12 archives.
CELEBRATE THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN AT THE ZOO - The Reid Park Zoo is hosting a Pumpkin Bash tomorrow. Keepers will offer pumpkins to many of the animals, including elephants, otters, and bears, as they go on exhibit at 9 a.m. You can watch how they react all morning. While you're there be sure to visit Nandi, the baby African elephant, and the Zoo's youngest resident, a two-week-old baby flamingo. See photos on Reid Park Zoo Facebook page.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION TOMORROW - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste collection tomorrow at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. (turn north on Prudence from Speedway), from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids and batteries, rechargeable batteries, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. Another collection event will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. Download the 'My-Waste'™ App.