Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham
On Monday, I attended the opening of twelve new pickleball courts at Udall Park. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know what pickleball was until I was approached by several local pickleball players a few years ago. They wanted more places in Tucson to play their sport.
My family has been deeply involved in the zoo for decades and I’ve been an advocate for the zoo and the role it plays in our community.
Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham and Tucson Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate the opening of the pickleball courts at Morris K. Udall Park. The court renovations were completed using Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections voter-approved bond funds from the November 2018 election. The renovations included the conversion of four existing tennis courts into 12 standard-size pickleball courts.
Homebuilder Lennar, despite a year when just about every company large and small struggled, posted profits of nearly $3.5 billion. That’s a 24% increase over the previous year.
Last year, I received an email from one of our Ward 2 neighborhood associations. Due to lack of traffic on east side streets during the COVID curfew, street racers had seen an opportunity and grabbed it. They used those wide, empty streets for organized racing, sometimes with speeds over 100 miles an hour.
The @ReadySetRec van will be making an appearance at Vista del Rio Park (7575 E Desert Arbors Street) on March 11 from 2-4 pm and Claire Weeks - Terra del Sol Park (2001 S. Avenida del Sol) from 11 am - 1 pm. In additon to the regular play equipment, the Terra del Sol visit will include origami
For the rest of March:
Back in 2010, I was appointed to a vacancy after the previous council member resigned. The final decision to appoint me was made by the mayor and the five remaining members of the council. There was a community process: we submitted applications and we all had a chance to make our case to be appointed.
Our city recreation centers have been closed, and many other opportunities for healthy recreational activities have been limited over the last year.
Earlier this week, it looked like COVID-19 cases were trending down slightly, but this morning’s Arizona Department of Health Services numbers show new cases have increased again.
This is why it is still important to take precautions: maintain social distance and wear a mask when you are in public. Also, if you are eligible, make an appointment to get a vaccination.
My office has heard a lot of concerns about the planned Reid Park Zoo expansion. The expansion was initially approved by voters in 2017 when there was a ballot issue approving a new one-tenth of one cent sales tax to fund zoo operations. That led to a management agreement between the City and the Tucson Zoological Society the following year.
Since my last newsletter, 181 Pima County residents have died of COVID-19. One of them was an educator and reserve police officer, Rubén Cajigas.
My office has been getting a lot of inquiries about when vaccines will be available. The short answer is that it has been changing daily.
Six hundred and two residents of Pima County died of COVID-19 last week. I’d like to tell you about two of them.
One was Michael Hicks. We were on opposite sides of most issues, but I know he cared a lot about the community. He was a traffic engineer with the city for years and my staff got to work with him when dealing with neighborhood issues.
Wednesday, a mob that was incited by President Trump stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to block the ratification of a legally constituted election. We’ve had a Presidential election during the Civil War, one during the Spanish Flu epidemic and one during World War II, but this was the first time anyone has threatened our free and fair elections, the foundation of American democracy.
A few weeks back, I told you about our glass re-use program. Another program we’ve had in the holiday season for years is TreeCycle. Instead of taking your tree to the landfill, you can drop off your tree at one of several sites around our community until January 17th.