Paul's Note - April 1, 2022

After talking about the accomplishments of the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team in the last newsletter, it was pointed out to me that I failed to mention the women’s team and their amazing season.

Maybe I got a little jaded because everyone expected our women’s team to be fantastic after what coach Adia Barnes had been able to do the last few years, whereas the men’s team was unheralded going into this year. Of course, it’s still worth noting what they were able to do this year. They had a 21-8 season, which is no easy feat when your conference is stacked with talent, not to mention recent national champion Stanford.

Even though Sam Thomas has graduated, we have All American caliber Cate Reese and other great players returning next season.

Earlier this month, Coach Barnes was named to be a coach for USA Basketball’s Spring camp. This is the second time she’s earned the honor of coaching our national team. Congratulations to our Wildcat women. We're lucky to have twice as many reasons to go to McKale these days.

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of kicking off splash pad season a day early by helping cut the ribbon at the new splash pad in Udall Park. This is the 5th splash pad we've completed in Tucson and they've been made possible by the voter approved Proposition 407. All city splash pads will be open starting today, April 1st until October 31st from 8am until sunset.

A big thanks goes to Mayor Romero, Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Lara Hamwey, Proposition 407 Committee Member Dr. Ron Spark and everyone else who joined us! Speaking of Udall Park, we still need volunteers for tomorrow morning's spring park cleanup which is part of our Team Up to Clean Up Tucson program. Click on this link to sign up: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/ab457e3f82874ed2a76ee246e15e03bd

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I’ve talked about the Robb Wash Greenway in past newsletters, but I’d like to make mention of it again because this project is at an exciting point. Next week, there will be two public meetings where the final master plan will be presented. This master plan was paid for by Lennar Homes as a condition of the Robb Hill subdivision rezoning.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, April 6th at 5:30pm and be held virtually. The second will be in person on Saturday, April 9th at 9am at Jesse Owens Park, Ramada #1. I invite you to attend one or both of these presentations and see how this project will provide a safe path for pedestrians and bicyclists, connect them to schools, shopping centers and parks, and provide a place for the city to plant more native trees and shrubs along the route. While a small portion of the greenway is funded by Prop 407, the next step will be identifying funding for the rest of the route in the near future. To sign up for the virtual presentation on Wednesday, click on this link, https://bit.ly/robbwash