Paul's Note - August 5, 2022

It’s already August, can you believe it? It’s a new semester for me and I hope it’s a productive school year for all of you that have kids. 

Tucson Parks and Recreation released its fall 2022 indoor leisure classes schedule boasting hundreds of fun and engaging opportunities for the community. Classes range from arts and crafts, Little Movers and Shakers, dance, gymnastics, jewelry making, glass fusing, music, and more for youth and adults. Get active in a health and fitness class, learn digital photography skills, or create beautiful pottery and ceramics pieces. There truly is something for everyone.  

Be sure to check out some of the new class offerings like Chair Yoga (ages 40 and older), BollyX, a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography and intensive workouts with upbeat music (ages 18 and older), and Pom (ages 7-13 years old), a dance that emphasizes sharp movements, visuals, and team style dance.  

Classes are viewable online now and registration is open at The deadline for registering for session one is Wednesday, Aug. 24. Timely registration is recommended since offerings fill up quickly. For questions or more information on registration or classes, contact Registration Services at 520-791-4877. 

I’m a big supporter of Mayor Romero’s Millon Trees initiative. A more vibrant tree canopy doesn’t only make our public spaces more attractive, it also helps cool our city and reduce flooding. This week, we got two important private sector gifts to help the initiative. 

Mayor Romero recently announced a $100,000 boost to the program when a $50,000 multi-year pledge by the Southwest Gas Foundation was matched dollar-for-dollar by another philanthropic gift. Additionally, Mayor Romero and Mister Car Wash CEO John Lai partnered to raise a quarter of a million dollars to fund the program. Mister Car Wash donated an initial $100,000 to kickstart the fund and is committed an additional $50,000 in funding. 

To date, more than 52,000 trees have been planted or distributed and half a million dollars has been raised through private sector donations. 

And speaking of climate, the city’s Climate Action Report for July was posted last week. The July update includes details of our Green Stormwater Infrastructure program. My office has already been working with neighborhoods to help them both make their green spaces better and reduce the harms from stormwater runoff. 

This is one of the many efforts to achieve carbon neutrality in Tucson by 2030, and each month’s report will highlight a new aspect of that overall effort. The first Climate Action Report shares the importance of collaboration to build and maintain over 134,000 square feet of stormwater harvesting sites and provides an update on the Climate Action and Adaption Plan. Please sign up today to follow along and be inspired to make change happen with the City of Tucson.