Proposition 407: Parks + Connections Bond 2018

Summary

The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider approving a $225 million General Obligation Bond question for capital improvements via General Obligation bonds. The measure will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as Proposition 407.

The bond funds will be dedicated to improving City parks amenities - including playgrounds, sports fields, pools, splash pads, and recreation centers - as well connections (defined as pedestrian pathways, bicycle pathways, pedestrian and bicycle safety).

The 2018 Bond Proposal would generate $225 million over nine years, 2020-2028. The first issuance and sale of the bonds would occur in 2020.

The program would be implemented in three phases; 2020-2022, 2023-2025, 2026-2028, with the phases set to three-year cycles to match the three-year expenditure requirement per issuance.

Expected revenue per phase; 2020-2022: $55 million, 2023-2025: $95 million, 2026-2028: $75 million.

Projects across program categories would be planned within each phase based on available funding, complexity of the project, and project coordination requirements, ensuring reduction of conflicts and public impacts.

View a complete list of projects on the interactive story map

 

Interactive Story Map Parks Projects (PDFs)
Project Categories Connections Projects (PDFs)
Accountability Frequently Asked Questions
Prop. 407 Documents  

Proposition 407: Parks + Connections Interactive Story Map

Learn more about the proposed Parks and Connections projects using the Interactive Story Map. The Story Map is a great online tool that will work with your computer or mobile device allowing you to obtain detailed information about the types of projects, read definitions and see illustrations of elements like Greenways and Walkability Projects, and identify the specific locations of the proposed capital bond projects.

The Story Map is divided into two sections:

  • a Story Panel, on the left of the map screen, that allows you to scroll up and down vertically when on a computer or pad/tablet device to explore the different categories of projects via narrative text and images 
  • and an Interactive Map, taking up the rest of the screen, that identifies the locations of the projects you are seeing as you scroll through the story and allows you to use your cursor to click on specific Parks or Connections projects activating a pop-up information box.

On a smartphone, the GIS map will take up the top of the screen and the Story Panel will be at the bottom where you will swipe horizontally to navigate through the information and tap to go into greater detail.

Instructions in the Story Panel help make the map easy to use and the legend at the top right of the GIS map will help you identify the types of projects displayed on the map.

To access detailed information about each Park and Connection project you can click on the features on the map or explore the projects by Park or Connection list.  In addition, you can access downloadable and printable PDFs in the Projects sections below.

Project Categories

 

PARKS
$133,300,000 

System wide improvements, informed by our Parks Master Plans, for Regional, Community, and Neighborhood parks including aquatics facilities, splash pads, sport courts (tennis, pickleball, and basketball) resurfacing and reconstruction, new sports fields with LED lighting systems, new and upgraded LED lighting systems at existing fields, irrigation Improvements and turf reduction at Randolph Golf Course, new driving range netting at El Rio Golf Course, park walking path resurfacing, new and reconstructed parks ramadas, irrigation improvements, new playgrounds with shade structures and new shade structures at existing playgrounds.  
 

CONNECTIONS
$67,100,000

Pedestrian Safety and Walkability, Shared Use Paths, Protected Bike Lanes, and Bicycle Boulevards 
 

GREENWAYS
$24,600,000

A Greenway is a park-like vegetated walking and biking corridor that connects neighborhoods and community assets, such as our parks, historic landmarks, schools, colleges, our university, and commercial areas. In Tucson, many of our planned Greenways will follow our urban waterways, our arroyos that carve unique and often lush corridors throughout our city, and the abandoned historic railway easements that run through the oldest parts of the community.     
 

 

Accountability

The Truth in Bonding Policy is intended to provide assurance to voters and residents of the City that the bond proceeds will be used for the purposes approved by voters and that the informational pamphlet that will be provided to voters will accurately reflect how the bonds will be spent. The Ordinance provides that if any unforeseen circumstances or extraordinary considerations make a change from the previously approved allocation necessary, any such change must be approved by a majority vote of the Mayor and Council after a public hearing is held on the matter, and only after the Bond Oversight Commission has studied the change and has made a recommendation to the Mayor and Council.
 

Proposition 407 Documents

 

Parks Projects

Pools and Splash Pads Sports Fields & Courts Playgrounds
20-30 Club Park and Highland Vista Park Limberlost Family Park
Airport Wash Greenway Lincoln Regional Park
Alvernon Park Linden Park
Amphi Neighborhood Park Mansfield Park
Amphitheater Pool Manuel Herrera Jr. Park
Armory Park Manuel Valenzuela Alvarez Park
Arroyo Chico Greenway: Sabbar Shrine Segment McCormick Park
Balboa Heights Park Menlo Elementary School
Barrio Nopal Park Menlo Park
Bravo Park Merle J. Toumey Park
Bristol Park Mesa Village Park
Carrillo Pool Michael Perry Park
Case Natural Resource Park Mirasol Park
Catalina High School Mission Manor Park
Catalina Park Mitchell Park
Cherry Avenue Park Morris K. Udall Park
Christopher Columbus Park North Sixth Avenue Dog Park
Chuck Ford Lakeside Park Ochoa Park
Connor Park Ormsby Park
Country Club Annex Park Palo Verde Park
CSM Martin R. "Gunny" Barreras Memorial Park Parkview Park
David G. Herrera and Ramon Quiroz Park Pinecrest Park
De Anza Park Pueblo Gardens Park
Desert Aire Park Purple Heart Park
Desert Shadows Park Randolph Park
El Paso & Southwestern Greenway:
Inn Suites Segment
Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
El Paso & Southwestern Greenway:
San Cosme Segment
Riverview Park
El Pueblo Park Robert A. Price Sr. Park
El Rio Park Rodeo Wash Greenway
Escalante Park Rolling Hills Park
Estevan Park Rudy Garcia Park
Fort Lowell Park San Antonio Park
Francisco Elias Esquer Park San Juan Park
Freedom Park Santa Cruz Park
Gene C. Reid Park Santa Rita Park
Golf Links Sports Complex Santa Rosa Park
Grijalva Park Sarah Ann Miller Park
Groves Park Sears Park
Harold Bell Wright Park Sentinel Peak Park
Harriet Johnson Park Silverlake Park
Highland Vista Park and 20-30 Club Park Stefan Gollob Park
Himmel Park Street Scene Park
Hoffman Park Sunnyside Pool
Iron Horse Park Sunset Villa Playground
Jacinto Park Swan Park
Jacobs Park Swan Way Park
James Thomas Park Tahoe Park
Jefferson Park Neighborhood Park Tucson Rodeo Grounds
Jesse Owens Park Verdugo Park
Joaquin Murrieta Park Villa Serena Park
John F. Kennedy Park Vista del Prado Park
Juhan Park Vista del Pueblo Park
Julian Wash Archaeological Park Vista del Rio Cultural Resource Park
Keeling Desert Park Wilshire Heights Park
La Madera Park Wright Elementary School
La Mariposa Park  

 

Connections Projects

 

GREENWAYS SHARED-USE PATHS
Airport Wash Greenway Drexel Road Shared-Use Path
Alamo Wash Greenway Kolb Road/Irvington Road Shared-Use Path
Arroyo Chico Greenway Mary Ann Cleveland Way Shared-Use Path
Atterbury Wash Greenway  
El Paso & Southwestern Greenway  
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY & WALKABILITY  
36th Street Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Nebraska Street Pedestrian Safety & Walkability
5th/6th Street Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Roger Road Pedestrian Safety & Walkability
Dodge Boulevard Pedestrian Safety & Walkability South 12th Avenue Pedestrian Safety & Walkability
Glenn Street Pedestrian Safety & Walkability St. Mary's Road Pedestrian Safety & Walkability
Grande Avenue Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Vicksburg Street Pedestrian Safety & Walkability
PROTECTED BIKE LANES
6th Avenue Protected Bike Lane
Fairview Avenue Protected Bike Lane
La Cholla Boulevard Protected Bike Lane
BICYCLE BOULEVARDS  
18th Street Bicycle Boulevard Kenyon Drive Bicycle Boulevard
33rd Street/Calle Marte/29th Street Bicycle Boulevard Kenyon Drive/Eastland Street Bicycle Boulevard
3rd Street Bicycle Boulevard Kevin Drive/Portia Avenue Bicycle Boulevard
8th Street Bicycle Boulevard Limberlost Drive Bicycle Boulevard
Andrew Street Bicycle Boulevard Menlo Park Bicycle Boulevard
Bantam Road Bicycle Boulevard Michigan Street/Fair Street Bicycle Boulevard
Blacklidge Drive Bicycle Boulevard Nebraska Street Bicycle Boulevard
Calle Alvord Bicycle Boulevard Palo Verde Bicycle Boulevard
Camino Miramonte Bicycle Boulevard Pima Street Bicycle Boulevard
Carondelet Drive/5th Street Bicycle Boulevard San Marcos Bicycle Boulevard
Cherry Avenue Bicycle Boulevard Santa Clara Bicycle Boulevard
Cherrybell Stravenue/Pinal Vista Bicycle Boulevard Sarnoff Drive Bicycle Boulevard
El Rio Drive/Dragoon Avenue Bicycle Boulevard Seneca Street/Waverly Street Bicycle Boulevard
Golden Hills Road Bicycle Boulevard Stella Road Bicycle Boulevard
Greenway Drive Bicycle Boulevard Treat Avenue Bicycle Boulevard
Irving Avenue Bicycle Boulevard  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why can't the City use existing funds to fund Parks and Connections improvements?

Answer: There is currently limited funding for Parks and Connections-related capital, maintenance, and staffing needs.  Since the recession, due to a decline in sales tax revenue and rising costs, the City has been unable to invest in large capital needs, like parks and facility improvements.

 

Question: Will this bond program raise the secondary property tax rate?

Answer: No.  The sale of $225 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds under the Parks and Connections program will not result in a secondary property tax increase.  The City of Tucson will issue new GO bonds as older bonds are retired, with the intent to keep the tax rate constant.

 

Question: If approved by voters, can the Proposition 407 funds be used for items not described in the ballot language?

Answer: No.  The money generated through Proposition 407 can only be used for Parks and Connections projects.  A citizens' oversight commission will examine the expenditures to ensure the funds are spent as directed by the voters.  Bond money cannot be used for City employee salaries or pension costs.

 

Question: Why are Parks projects included in the same bond program as Connections projects?

Answer: The Parks projects included in Proposition 407 are capital improvement projects that respond to the community's call for reinvestment in existing facilities and investment in expanded connectivity among existing parks to neighborhoods.  The Connections projects in the plan were carefully selected to improve safety and provide comfortable ways to travel to parks, recreation centers, libraries, schools, transit facilities, and access to The Loop.

 

Question: How were projects selected for the Parks and Connections program?

Answer: The City of Tucson used the Tucson Parks and Recreation System Master Plan, as well as individual park master plans, to identify Parks projects for Proposition 407.  The Connections projects make use of the City of Tucson Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan, the Pima County Regional Trail System Master Plan, and previously vetted Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Projects, to identify Connections projects.  The development of the master plans used a variety of methods to gather extensive community and stakeholder input.

 

Question: If Proposition 407 is approved by voters, when can the community expect to see improvements?

Answer: Because the City's goal is to maintain the current secondary tax at the existing rate, new bonds will be issued in July 2020 as old bond debt is retired.  Prior to issuance, City staff will work with community members to design upcoming improvements.

 

Question: If Proposition 407 is approved by voters, what about oversight and accountability for Proposition 407 funding and projects?

Answer: A Parks and Connections Citizens' Bond Oversight Commission will examine the expenditures to ensure the funds are spent as directed by voters.

 

Question: Once Parks and Connections Bond projects are completed, how will new maintenance needs be met?

Answer: Most of the Parks projects in Proposition 407 reinvest in current Parks and Recreation capital needs.  New investment spending is aligned with community needs outlined in the Parks Master Plan, including greenways, sports fields, splash pads, and shade structures.  In addition, Proposition 407 includes funding for LED lighting, adding smart irrigation systems, and shade features over playgrounds that will improve efficiency and extend the lift of equipment.