Paul's Note - August 12, 2022

Back in 2018, you and your neighbors passed Proposition 407, also known as Tucson Delivers Parks and Connections. This $225 million bond package goes to capital improvements. The money goes to improving city parks, including pools, splash pads and ball fields, as well as connections like walking/bicycle paths and pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements. 

The Tucson Delivers program is monitored by 11 members of the public appointed to the 2018 Parks and Connections Bond Oversight Commission (PCBOC). The commission meets in person Monday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Parks Administration building (900 S. Randolph Way) and via Zoom. If you wish to address the PCBOC, email Leticia Flores at info@tucsondelivers.info, or call (520) 885-9009 by 10 a.m. on Aug. 15 with your full name, mailing address, phone number, the topic you wish to address, and if you would like to be added to the email distribution list for future notifications and updates. 

By the way, Udall Park’s phase one of Prop. 407 projects is nearly complete. The conversion of the tennis courts to pickleball and a shade structure are now done. The splashpad is under construction. A splashpad at Jesse Owens Park, also a 407 project, is currently in design. 

The Small Business Navigator team has stopped doing office hours at Ward 2. They weren’t being utilized, so they will instead be doing a series of business roundtables in the different council wards in October. If you are a business that would like to participate, please contact us here at the Ward 2 office. 

The Economic Initiatives Office has released a midyear report on small business initiatives. If you’d like to read the report or see what programs are available from them, you can visit connecttucson.com

Our monsoon rains have been beautiful this week, but we long time Tucsonans know that our annual rains can be dangerous. Here is some advice from the Pima County Flood Control District: 

Storm watching is better done inside. While storm watching from a covered patio is often enjoyable and gets you “closer to the action,” but lightning is unpredictable, and random lightning strikes can be deadly.   

It can be exciting to watch raging washes and rivers, but if these waterways do not have bank protection, or if existing bank protections fail, erosion can cause the sudden collapse of the ground into the flowing water.  

Most importantly: don’t drive around barricades. 

Have a good weekend, and enjoy the rain in safety.