Paul's Note - January 4, 2019

It’s time for Tucson’s annual Senior Olympic Festival. It’s the 35th year that Tucson Parks and Recreation has put this festival to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older.

This year’s “headquarters” for the festival will be Udall Park, which will also be hosting the opening ceremony at the amphitheater.

The opening ceremony will be on January 11th at from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and events will include live performances, information booths, giveaways, a parade of athletes, and a lighting of the torch. Food will be available for purchase. The first 100 people will receive a 2019 Senior Olympic souvenir pin.

This year’s festival runs through February 3rd and include pickleball, racquetball, swimming and even card games. To find out more, please visit the website at


I wrote a while back about some of the new policies that would be implemented about brush and bulky pick-up. Well, they’ve now started with the new year so it is a good time to remind you of it again, especially because many of you will have new brush and bulky schedules for 2019.

For years, we hired a vendor whose job it was to distribute door hangers in neighborhoods when brush and bulky pick-up was soon. Environmental Services was spending $200,000 on getting those door hangers. Often, the hangers wouldn’t go out to the right neighborhood (necessitating the expense of a second brush and bulky pick-up) and there were better things to spend that money on.

People from Environmental Services will also give you another reason. As a city, we are trying to encourage conservation and recycling. Distributing thousands of pieces of cardboard that were going to be looked at once and thrown away was a poor environmental message.

So, we are switching the way notifications work. You should have gotten a mailer detailing some of the changes, but I wanted to let you know how to get information on brush and bulky pick-ups in your neighborhood.

One way is Zoom Tucson, which you can find on the internet at This will give you a raft of information from schools to fire stations. It will also tell you about brush and bulky pick-up as well as trash pick-up simply by clicking on your location on the map.

If you have a smart phone, you can also download the Tucson Recycle Coach ap. This is available for both Apple and Android platforms. Like Zoom Tucson, it will also give you information on regular trash pick-ups.

Of course, those who do not have access to a computer or smart phone can call our office and we can get you the information you need.


I hope you all are already having a blessed 2019.