Rio Nuevo Board Approves Spending for Next Fiscal Year

The Rio Nuevo board yesterday approved spending $17.4 million next fiscal year on projects related to tourism, trade, and retail in Downtown Tucson.

The downtown revitalization district's spending plan includes money to upgrade a portion of the Tucson Convention Center's arena to get it ready for hockey, build a parking garage for a new downtown hotel on Broadway, help Caterpillar with its new Surface Mining and Technology division, and expand the Mercado San Agustin retail center west of downtown.

Council Member Regina Romero Hosts Community Resource Fair This Weekend

The City of Tucson will offer information about low-income assistance programs to help those who qualify save money on utility bills, transit, and more.

Tucson Water, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas, and others will be on hand Saturday, June 4 at the Barrio Anita Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oury Recreation Center, 600 W. St. Marys Road.

Twilight Thursdays Continue at Botanical Gardens

Enjoy summer nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. As part of its Summer Oasis Series, the Botanical Gardens is open every Thursday night, 5-8 p.m., for guests to enjoy the garden setting without the intense summer sun.

Leashed dogs are welcome with an add-on admission charge.

The onsite restaurant, Cafe Botanica, will be open and serving dinner (reservations required) .

City Seeks Additional Input on Proposed Changes to Transit Services and Fees

The City of Tucson is seeking public comments on possible increases to transit fares and route changes. Due to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements, Title VI policies must be reviewed every three years, and transit service changes are proposed to reduce the City of Tucson’s General Fund contribution to transit.

Tucson Intersection/Overpass Project Wins Award

The City of Tucson last week received the 2016 Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award from the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The City won the award for the $20.6 million 22nd Street and Kino Parkway intersection/overpass project, a component of the RTA-funded 22nd Street corridor improvement project between Interstate 10 and Tucson Boulevard.

Many Memorial Day Services Scheduled for Monday

Several events are planned for Monday to commemorate Memorial Day. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System will hold a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium (Building 4), 3601 S. 6th Ave.

Guest speakers include Arizona's U.S. Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Martha McSally.

Veterans, Tucson VA staff, and the public are invited to attend the ceremony.

Service Changes Due to Monday Holiday

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.

Meanwhile, Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.