New Playgrounds Opening at Himmel Park

Tucson Parks and Recreation and Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik will be celebrating the addition of two new playgrounds at Himmel Park, 950 N. Tucson Blvd., on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Each playground is intended for different age groups (2-5 and 5-12).

ADA-accessible sidewalks, a drinking fountain and pet fountain, picnic tables, and new park benches also were part of the construction project. 

'Music in the Park' Saturday Concert Series at Udall Park

The Arizona Symphonic Winds continues its "Music in the Park" fall concert series tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the László Veres Amphitheater at Udall Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. Established in 1986, the ensemble is a volunteer-based community concert band led by music director and conductor László Veres.

Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening of entertainment for the entire family. All concerts in the series are free to attend.

El Tour de Tucson to Honor Olympic Medalist

This year's El Tour de Tucson will honor Nelson Vails, who won a silver medal in sprint cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal. Now 57 years old, he still rides his bike every day, even after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. Vails has been named the honoree for the 36th El Tour de Tucson on Nov. 17 and will participate in the 100-mile event.

Tucson Indoor Football Team Names Coach

Tucson's new indoor football team now has a head coach. Marcus Coleman comes from the IFL's Iowa Barnstormers, where he was the defensive coordinator, leading the team to a United Bowl championship. He also was a defensive back at Texas Tech and went on to play 11 seasons (1996-2006) with various teams in the NFL.

Tucson's Indoor Football League franchise will announce its name and release a logo and team colors next Thursday.