NewsNet 10-03-14

CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations regarding possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Comments will be accepted through 2015, and potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office,

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED BIKE SHARE PROGRAM - The City of Tucson is exploring the possibility of a public bike share program for the region. Bike share programs let people use a public bicycle on a short-term basis. More than 30 cities in the United States have launched such programs for their residents and tourists, and 15 more cities are expected to launch shared-use bike programs by the end of the year. “This is an exciting project that has the potential to leverage our investment in the Sun Link Streetcar and continues the progress Tucson is making in terms of downtown revitalization and economic growth,” said Ann Chanecka, the City of Tucson’s bicycle & pedestrian coordinator. Anyone interested in learning more about public bike share programs, or wanting to provide input in the early stages of the discussion, is invited to a public input session on Monday, Oct, 6, at 6 p.m. in the basement of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Read the news release.
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

MULTI-USE PATH DEDICATION TOMORROW FOR TOUMEY PARK - After two years of community involvement and planning, a new eight-foot-wide, paved walking path with ADA access and drinking fountains will be dedicated tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Toumey Park, 4500 E. Eastland St. The path has been coated with a heat reducing epoxy paint to minimize the heat stored and radiated back from black asphalt, and lights and electrical outlets have been installed under the ramada. The new path helps improve walkability in the neighborhood and provides opportunities for fitness to the community. Funding for the $488,000 project came from Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds.
Tucson Parks and Recreation

DOWNTOWN WAREHOUSE WALK TOMORROW - Art enthusiasts will have a chance tomorrow to explore the arts district along Toole Avenue. The Warehouse  Arts Managment Organization (WAMO) is hosting the the free WAMO Walk, a collaboration of galleries, studios, and other spaces in  Downtown Tucson that will offer open studios, free live music, and other things. As many as 50 studios will welcome the public for the walk, which will stretch along Toole Avenue, from Sixth Avenue to Stone. There will be a light sculpture garden at the parking lot at 174 E. Toole, and food trucks will be on site. The parking lot will also have a stage for music and several projection screens. The WAMO Walk runs from 5-10 p.m. tomorrow. Read more from Downtown Tucson Partnership.

TUCSON'S LINCOLN PARK TO HOST JENNIE FINCH SOFTBALL CAMP - The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Visit Tucson, and Pima Community College will host the Jennie Finch Softball Camp at the Lincoln Park Softball Complex, 8116 E. Escalante Road, Nov. 8-9. The camp is open to all girls in the third grade and up. Former UA Softball standout Jennie Finch and her Olympic and professional softball teammates will offer two full days of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. Advanced registration is required, and participation is limited for the fee-based camp. Read the news release.