Paul's Note - February 11, 2022

Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood and Tucson Clean and Beautiful are looking for volunteers for a planting party. 

The event is on Sunday, February 20th from 10 am to Noon at the corner of San Francisco Boulevard and Torino Avenue. 

Volunteers will be planting trees and pollinators. The work is being funded through the Green Stormwater Infrastructure mini grant program. The aim is to build landscapes that collect rainwater to beautify neighborhoods, be stormwater safe and make for shady havens in our city. 

I’ve been a big proponent of the GSI mini grant program, because it allows residents the opportunity to identify locations and plan the right project for their neighborhood. I think it’s safe to say that every neighborhood in Ward 2 has a small corner that could benefit. If you and your neighbors have an idea for a possible project, feel free to contact my office (ward2@tucsonaz.gov). You can also find out more at https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson/gsi-mini-grants/

While on the topic of green spaces, I’d like to let you know about Parks and Recreation’s update for Ward 2’s parks. Below is a list of projects slated for the current phase of planning, which runs through the end of the year. Many of these are paid for through the Prop.407 parks bonds that you and your neighbors voted for. For a complete list of Prop. 407 projects, you can visit https://tucsondelivers.tucsonaz.gov/. 

Fort Lowell Park – Two projects are planned, both are in the design phase. The final historical review of the $678,000 splash pad and bath house project is due this month, and should be under construction late this year. A $248,000 lighting project for the pony league fields is also planned for this year. Both projects are funded by parks bonds, with impact fees supplementing the splash pad and bath house project. 

Jesse Owens Park – A splash pad is slated for construction this year. The $267,500 price tag is mostly paid for by bonds with other money coming from the service line warranty fund, impact fees and Ward 2 funds. 

Morris K. Udall Park – There are two projects. Construction is underway on a splash pad. The $440,000 cost is paid for through impact fees and bond funds. My office is soliciting donations to build a cover for the basketball courts. 

Palo Verde Park – Projects (totaling $1.7 million) at Palo Verde Park include conversion of tennis courts to pickleball courts and upgrading to LED lighting for ball fields and are paid for with bond funds. These are both in design but should be under construction later this year. We will be using impact fees to cover the basketball courts. 

Robb Wash Greenway – This is slated for construction in the late Summer/early Fall. Parks and Rec have been gathering input from neighbors and it is being paid for with “in-lieu” fees from a developer.