Paul's Note - April 16th, 2021

It seemed like it was winter just a couple of weeks ago, but temperatures are starting to climb already (it’s 81 as I write this). Like many of our recreational facilities, city pools have been mostly off limits due to COVID-19. 

I have good news for you: many of our city pools will be open as of this coming Monday, Ward 2’s own Udall Pool among them. Several of the city’s splash pads will also re-open that day, including the one at Palo Verde Park. 

There is a scheduled repaving of the parking lot at Ft. Lowell park due to begin on April 26th. The pool will open when that is complete. 

The Udall Pool will be open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and noon to 4 pm on weekends. For complete information, visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/pools-and-splash-pads

Most of you have read the news that Chief Chris Magnus is being considered for a position in the Biden administration. It’s a tribute to both him and to our community that he is seriously being looked at for a national position. 

One of his goals he set for the department when he became chief was to make it more responsive to the community. Coming up on April 28, the Tucson Police Department is having another outreach event. 

TPD is hosting an informal youth chat. Other groups helping in this effort are the Goodwill REC Youth Center, United Youth Leadership Council, NAACP Tucson Youth Council and members of AmeriCorps.  The event is being billed as a chance to come together in solidarity to listen, exchange ideas, educate, increase understanding, and lift up the voices of our youth. 

Like a lot of events going on right now, this one will be virtual. To register, please visit this link.  

Last March, the City of Tucson hosted SheTech Explorer Day for the first time. We will be hosting it again, virtually of course. 

The event will be to be held on April 22. SheTech Explorer Day is a one-day event that provides high school girls the opportunity to engage with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities alongside industry mentors and encourages them to consider STEM careers. 

SheTech Explorer Day is expected to draw girls from high schools throughout the region and will connect them with STEM professionals and higher education partners, including Pima JTED, UArizona, Paragon, FreeFall Aerospace, Microsoft TEALS, Edmund Optics, NP Photonics, Darling Geomatics, and IBM, among others. The girls will attend workshops hosted by industry professionals from these organizations and others, who will help students to gain the skills and confidence needed to eventually pursue STEM careers. In addition to working with leading industry partners, students will hear keynote addresses from Katie Schwertz, Design Engineering Manager at Edmund Optics, and Susan Gray, President and CEO of Tucson Electric Power. The girls will also hear words of encouragement from Senator Sinema, Mayor Romero, and Vice Mayor Nikki Lee. 

Due to concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s SheTech Explorer Day will be hosted via Zoom. The event is presented with support from Raytheon, Pima Community College, Tucson Electric Power, BRINK Media, Pima County, Tech Parks Arizona, and Optics Valley. 

Students, parents, or schools interested in getting involved with SheTech Explorer Day Arizona should visit the SheTech AZ website..