Tucson has been chosen as one of 50 cities nationwide to participate in a movement to promote youth volunteerism outdoors. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! Outside" initiative geared toward encouraging young people to work, play, and understand the value of nature. Several community organizations will share $212,000 in grant funding from the American Express Foundation for restoration projects in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and Saguaro National Park.
Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is receiving $5,000 from national outdoor outfitter REI to extend Tucson's first curb-separated bike lane on Stone Avenue. In partnership with LSA and REI, the grant will allow the City of Tucson Department of Transportation to extend the bike lane along Stone Avenue one block south to Pennington Street. It currently ends at Alameda Street. Details on the timeline for construction will be released soon.
Get tips on how to maintain green infrastructure; learn about a business that was made in Tucson; take a look back at the birth of the Sun Link streetcar; get your Parks and Recreation questions answered; and hear some American Idol contestants. Those stories are featured in the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.
Sun Link will celebrate its first anniversary on July 25 with free rides all day that Saturday, sponsored by Friends of the Tucson Streetcar, Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Electric Power. The KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series also will hold a special concert on that day. Award-winning vocalist Crystal Stark will perform on a streetcar at 7 p.m., starting at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin).
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The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users. This month, the department kicks off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan.
Work begins Monday to improve the pavement conditions on 22nd Street from Kolb Road to Sarnoff Drive. Crews will begin the project with the lowering of manhole and water valve covers. That portion of the project is scheduled to be finished by next Thursday. Work will take place from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling (removing asphalt) and repaving 22nd Street on July 22, working both day and night hours. The paving work is scheduled to wrap up on Aug.
The Tucson Police Department will hold another Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow morning. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the police officers who serve the area. The gathering will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at the Starbucks at Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council Tuesday night approved a new lease agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA). Mayor Jonathan Rothschild highlighted several important components of the new lease, including TAA's agreement to invest in infrastructure for revenue-producing projects to attract manufacturers and distributors. The new agreement also provides a safety buffer for Raytheon at no cost to the City, a move that satisfies part of the 2009 annexation agreement with the company.
If you'd like to play a role in determining the future of Tucson's Residential Parking Permit Program, you can apply to be a task force member. The application deadline is Monday. Task force members will review the current permit program, in light of significant changes to parking usage and needs in certain areas, and determine whether modifications are needed to better serve the community. The recommendations and input made by the 20-member task force will be submitted to the City of Tucson Park Tucson Commission.