Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is a day set aside to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and encourage those people to come out and enjoy a day in their public lands. This Saturday, September 24, all 413 National Park sites across the country are joining Saguaro National Park in waiving entrance fees to celebrate the day and many are hosting volunteer opportunities for people who choose to serve in honor of the day.

Candidate Forum

Among the offices elected this year will be the County’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. A lot of people don’t know much about what the office does, but the person in that office has an important role in supporting our county’s school districts.

The Metropolitan Education Commission and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a candidates forum with the two nominees for superintendent. It will be next Wednesday, September 21 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm at Pima College Downtown Campus (1255 N Stone Ave) in the Amethyst Room.

Athletic Field Closures

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be closing several of its athletic fields through the fall for turf maintenance and enhancements. The closures are necessary in order to give crews the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance on the fields by aerating, fertilizing, re-seeding, and giving the turf time to heal and grow in preparation for spring sports activities. City staff strives to provide the public and various user groups with the best sports fields possible.

Solar Project Open House

Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department invite you to an informational open house at Udall Recreation Center regarding a new solar project. The project will put shade structures with solar panels in the parking lot at Udall Recreation Center and the Carol West Senior Addition. Representatives from the city’s Architecture and Engineering Division, Tucson Parks and Recreation, Ward 2, and Technicians for Sustainability will be on hand to answer questions and take suggestions.

GAIN 2016

October is Crime Prevention month. Getting Arizonans Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) is an event held by police agencies statewide in collaboration with Neighborhood Associations to meet and discuss crime prevention and to further reinforce our enduring partnership in combatting criminal activity in our community.

Saguaro National Park Seeks Public Comment Regarding Proposed User Fee Increase

Saguaro National Park proposes an increase to the park’s 7-Day Private Vehicle Entrance Permit from $10 to $15. The seven day pass admits a private vehicle and all of its occupants into the park for one week. If approved, the increase would go into effect on January 1, 2017. The increase in fees will help bring the park into alignment with the entry costs for other similar parks, a phased process which began in 2015. The park requests comments from the public concerning the proposed increase.

Kids Swim Free

The City of Tucson has been experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. Tucson Parks and Recreation department would like to invite kids to beat the heat and cool off at one of 17 city pools for free for the remainder of the summer season. Beginning July 17 youth under the age of 17 will pay no admission fee at 17 City of Tucson Pools.  A fee will still be charged at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center pool. Fees are $2 for adults (18 and over) and $1 for youth (17 and under).

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Kolb Road: Connection to Sabino Canyon Road Construction Update

This week, the point of access between Sabino Canyon Road and the frontage road leading to Calle Malaga has been temporarily shifted from its current location slightly south of Redbud Road to temporary paved access directly at Redbud Road. 
The change in access is anticipated to last four to six weeks before access is moved to the newly constructed frontage road access points. 
Access between the roads will be maintained at all times 24/7. 

Old Spanish Trail Pavement Improvements West of 22nd Street - Alert

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Old Spanish Trail will be closed to travel from 22nd Street west approximately 450 feet to allow work crews to mill (remove asphalt) and repave the roadway. All of the driveways for business access from Old Spanish Trail will remain open. Business access will be maintained for motorists via Harrison Road. The closure will be in place from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.