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  • REGISTRATION BEGINS THIS WEEKEND FOR PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAMS
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation will resume summer KIDCO, In-Betweener's Club, Jr. Staff in Training, and Therapeutic Recreation programs. Locations are available for viewing online at the link below. Timely registration is recommended, since program size will be limited, and summer offerings fill up quickly. Indoor activities will be limited to programs only. At this time, the centers will not be open for drop-in access. Residents can register beginning Saturday, May 15, at 6 a.m., and non-residents can register starting at noon. For questions or more information on registration, the Discount Program, or to set up an account, contact Registration Services at (520) 791-4877. Visit the website linked below for more information.
    Register for summer programs
  • READY, SET, REC! VISITING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation's Ready, Set, Rec! program is bringing a van to a park near you. Each of the six vans has standard play equipment, such as giant yard games, board games, cards, walking sticks, and hula hoops. Other modules that you could see at the program include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, STEM activities, sports, container gardening, fishing, Lotería, and more. Each van will visit at least three parks per week. Find out where the vans are this week by following the website linked below, or follow @Readysetrec on social media.
    Ready, Set, Rec!
    Ready, Set, Rec! on Facebook
    Ready, Set, Rec! on Instagram
  • ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    Several virtual public meetings are being held to learn about a proposed code change to allow backyard casitas (also known as Accessory Dwelling Units) in Tucson. Attend a meeting to hear how this housing option can provide affordable housing, help seniors age in place, and promote sustainable infill development. Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) staff will present a draft proposal for new zoning regulations to permit this housing type. This proposal was developed based on public meetings held earlier this year and input from a stakeholder group representing a range of viewpoints and expertise. You can find background information and register for the meetings by following the links below.
    Background information
    Wednesday, May 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Saturday, May 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Monday, May 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 25, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • ICYMI: PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE (VIDEO)
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    An Arbor Day celebration on April 30 in Tucson’s Ward Four led to the planting of more than 60 trees in Lincoln Park. The added shade to the soccer field was carried out through a partnership with the office of Vice Mayor Nikki Lee, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Trees for Tucson, and Tucson Parks and Recreation.
    Watch the video
  • COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: May 10, 2021 
    COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 16 years old and up at Pfizer sites in Tucson and Pima County. Sites with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are open to those at least 18 years old. The Arizona Department of Health Services has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below). So far, more than 3 million people in Arizona, or 42.6% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 2.51 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration or call (520) 222-0119
    State/UA vaccine registration or call (844) 542-8201
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • FIRST NEW FIRE STATION TO BE BUILT WITH TUCSON DELIVERS SALES TAX FUNDS
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and the Tucson Delivers Program broke ground this morning on the new Fire Station 9, 6275 E. Eastland Street. The complete rebuild of the facility will be the first of five new Tucson Fire Department (TFD) stations that will be built with voter-approved Tucson Delivers sales tax funds. In May 2017, Tucson voters approved Proposition 101 (Tucson Delivers), a five-year, half-cent transaction sales tax to fund street improvements (Better Streets) and public safety investments (Safer City). Two separate citizens' commissions (the Bond Oversight Commission and the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission) provide oversight of Tucson Delivers sales tax collection and expenditures.
    Tucson Delivers
    Tucson Fire Department
  • GAP ANALYSIS OF HOUSING MARKET STUDY AVAILABLE
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The Housing Market Study’s third and final phase, the Gap Analysis, is available now for viewing. This phase of the Housing Market Study focuses on understanding gaps in the housing market by looking at existing demographics, household income levels, development trends, emerging household preferences, and economic indicators to understand unmet housing needs. The report is a result of evaluations of the Infill Incentive District in 2018 and 2019. Stakeholders expressed a better understanding of factors affecting the housing market in the downtown area, concerns regarding housing affordability and availability citywide, and direction from Mayor and Council. The Housing Market Study can help inform the development of a comprehensive affordable housing strategy to help meet current and future demand. The study is a partnership between the University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s Economic and Business Research Center, Pima County, and the City of Tucson.
    Housing Market Study
    Gap Analysis
  • ICYMI: BUFFALO SOLDIERS MEMORIAL DEDICATED IN TUCSON
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation this week unveiled the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial to honor the contributions of Black Americans in defense of the nation and settling Southern Arizona. The memorial is located at the Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St., in one of the oldest historically Black neighborhoods in Tucson.
    Read the news release
    Quincie Douglas Center
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT SATURDAY
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) hosts a monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event. The next one, May 8, originally was scheduled at the Thomas O. Price Service Center, but the location is moving to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds at 4823 S. 6th Ave. (enter on 3rd Avenue). The time for the free event will still be from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring HHW, electronic waste, glass bottles/jars, and documents for shredding (limit three boxes). See the HHW list linked below for details on what to bring. Please do not bring dried paint, empty containers, or CRT monitors. This event happens the second Saturday of every month in different areas across Tucson. See the schedule for the event closest to you.
    HHW schedule
    HHW program details
    HHW accepted materials list
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC
    Date: May 6, 2021 
    The Fleet Services Division of the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is looking for highly skilled mechanics to perform preventive maintenance and repairs on heavy duty vehicles, such as front-end loaders, side loaders, rear loaders, and heavy equipment. This senior heavy equipment mechanic position is for second shift, from 1:30-10 p.m., with shift differential pay of $1 per hour for hours worked between 6-10 p.m. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 9. Read the job description linked below to learn about the minimum qualifications and essential functions of the job.
    Read the job description
  • MAYOR AND COUNCIL PROVIDES DIRECTION ON REID PARK ZOO EXPANSION
    Date: May 5, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and City Council voted yesterday, May 4, to change direction on Reid Park Zoo's "Pathway to Asia" expansion and move forward with a new design that will expand north and west of the Zoo instead of into the area of Barnum Hill and the south duck pond. The new plan was directed to minimize the impact to green space and maximize the use of hardscape areas. The plan for expansion will also come with a master plan for Gene C. Reid Park. Background information relating to the proposed Zoo expansion can be found by following the links below.
    Reid Park Zoo expansion information
    Reid Park Zoo
  • CITY MANAGER PRESENTS BALANCED BUDGET AND MAYOR AND COUNCIL APPROVES PAY PACKAGE
    Date: May 5, 2021 
    Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega yesterday, May 4, submitted his Recommended Fiscal Year 2022 Budget to the Mayor and Council. The fiscal year starts on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2022. Mayor and Council will hold a Study Session discussion on June 8. In addition, a public hearing, as required by state law, will be held on that day, prior to final budget adoption on June 22 and adoption of property tax levies. Ortega also submitted a compensation plan, with Mayor and Council approval, that calls for a minimum 2% pay increase for all employees, with more money for employees who fall below market in a recent market analysis survey.
    Recommended Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
    View Mayor and Council agenda
  • RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    Date: May 5, 2021 
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) says restaurants in Southern Arizona can now apply for relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Applicants can apply directly with the SBA using the application portal linked below. The $28.6 billion fund was created by the American Rescue Plan. The program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses, up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023, and don't need to be repaid if all conditions are met. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
    SBA Restaurant Revitalization Award Portal
  • CONSTRUCTION PROMPTS BUS STOP CHANGES FOR DOWNTOWN RIDERS
    Date: May 5, 2021 

    Construction on Stone Avenue at the Franklin Street/Toole Avenue intersection is rerouting several Sun Tran buses through July. Many downtown riders are utilizing a bus stop at Alameda Street and Grossetta Avenue due to a temporary closure of the bus stop located near the Pima County Courthouse. To see other bus stop changes in the area, follow the link below.
    Sun Tran alerts about bus stop changes
    Sun Tran
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: HOUSING SPECIALIST II
    Date: May 5, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Housing and Community Development (HCD) department is seeking a housing specialist II. This position assists families with access to Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) affordable housing opportunities. This position manages caseloads, determines eligibility, and assists clients, conducts compliance audits, and provides costumer service. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent and at least one year of experience in assisted housing, human services, community development programs, property management, or customer service. Applications must be received by Sunday, May 9. Telephone screenings will be take place the week of May 10.
    Read the job description
    HCD
  • MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TOMORROW
    Date: May 3, 2021 
    Tucson's Mayor and Council will meet tomorrow, May 4, at 1:30 p.m., in Study Session, and will meet again at 5:30 p.m. for its Regular Meeting. Due to COVID-19, the meetings will again be held remotely and online. You can watch the meetings live (and recordings of previous meetings) on the City of Tucson's YouTube channel, and you can also see what's on the agendas (links below).
    City of Tucson YouTube page
    View Mayor and Council agenda
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION OPENS ALL RAMADAS FOR RESERVATIONS AND AMUSEMENT EQUIPMENT
    Date: May 3, 2021 
    The City of Tucson is reopening all ramadas for reservations, in accordance with Pima County guidelines. Beginning today, May 3, the City is accepting reservations for any size ramada. Groups are limited to 75 people. In addition, reservations will now be able to get amusement equipment permits. New reservations, along with beer and wine permits, can be made by calling (520) 791-4873 or using the online reservation system linked below. Ramadas that are not reserved will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to reserve a ramada, follow the links below.
    Tucson Parks and Recreation ramada rental and rules information
    Reserve a ramada
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS
    Date: May 3, 2021 
    Is there a pothole you'd like to see filled? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the City of Tucson's Department of Transportation and Mobility, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.
    Department of Transportation and Mobility
  • FEMA COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS NOW OPEN
    Date: May 3, 2021 
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) vaccination clinics are up and running in Pima County. FEMA has two mobile vaccination units (MVUs), administrative staff, and federal vaccinators to Pima County to support its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the hardest-hit, hardest-to-reach communities with high risks of COVID-19 exposure and infection. The operations, which include more than 70 personnel from FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Labor, will run through June 26 at various locations. Staff also will be on-site from the Pima County Health Department and Premier Medical Group. MVUs will operate at two locations for three days before moving to the next site. Locations were selected based on census tract data and the Social Vulnerability Index of the area. The first two sites are open now until May 5 at Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, and Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and no appointment is necessary. Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for walk-up registrants 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. To see a list of days, hours, and available vaccines, follow the link below, and read the next story for additional information.
    Vaccination sites
  • COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING
    Date: May 3, 2021 
    COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 16 years old and up at Pfizer sites in Tucson and Pima County. Sites with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are open to those at least 18 years old. The Arizona Department of Health Services has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below). So far, more than 2.95 million people in Arizona, or 41.2% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while almost 2.33 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccine registration or call (520) 222-0119
    State/UA vaccine registration or call (844) 542-8201
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website