Paul's Note - May 31, 2019

I’d like to start with a reminder that we will be hosting a Ward 2 town hall on June 5 at 6 pm here at the Ward 2 office (doors open at 5:30).

Speakers will include Diana Alarcon who directs the Transportation Department and Brent Dennis from Parks and Recreation. Diana is still relatively new on the job and this will be her first Ward 2 town hall. Brent came out to the office when we had a community meeting on Ft. Lowell Park two weeks ago.

We will also be having Scott Clark from Planning and Development Services. We’ve had him come out to talk to Ward 2 town halls before, but this will be his first as director without the interim title.

Captain Justin Lane will be on hand as well. He recently reported at a community meeting about crime statistics on the eastside (they are going down), so I expect to hear some more details about that. Also, we have our new park ranger program that he and Brent Dennis have been working on. They ran a piece on it on KUAZ this morning.

If you want to RSVP now, send an email to Odessa.Draheim@Tucsonaz.gov. We have plenty of chairs, so I’d like to see you all there.

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We had a strange couple of chilly days last week but Summer temperatures are back. To help out, all 13 Tucson Parks and Recreation Pools are free for children under 17 for the months of June and July during open recreation hours.

In addition, there will be special pool parties at six of our pools. There will be snacks and games available. Ward 2’s own Palo Verde Park pool will host its party on July 10 between 5 – 7 pm.

I’ve posted more details on my website.

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Wait, I almost forgot about the best part at Palo Verde Park: we will be cutting the ribbon on the splash pad there on June 15 at 10:30 am.

One of the things I’ve found when working with Parks and Recreation is that many of the “kiddie pools” and “baby pools” that the city had installed decades ago are not being used. For whatever reason, parents aren’t taking their kids to them anymore.

The upside is that if we want to build a splash pad, the kiddie pool can be used as a storage tank for the water. This saves us money.

This splash pad is part of the bond package that you and your neighbors approved when you voted for Prop. 407 last year. The work includes other improvements to the pool area in Palo Verde Park.

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I want to close with a note on a hot news item: the newly announced tariffs against Mexican products will have a big impact on our local economy. The US Chamber of Commerce sent out a press release this morning saying that the hit on us in Arizona could be up to two and a quarter billion dollars. Here in Southern Arizona, due to our economic ties to Mexico, we could feel the brunt of that.