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  • NR2.09 Naylor-Changemaker Sidewalk & Improvements

    Total Actual Cost: $216,413
    Project Number: CCDN04NAY
    Funding Sources: 2004 General Obligation Bonds
    Completion Date: November 2017 
    Managing Dept.: Project Management Office
    Project Map: GIS Map

    Changemaker High School students undertook a class project for “Make A Difference Day” addressing serious flooding problems. Students recommended a simple wooden footbridge that evolved into a sophisticated concrete bridge engineered by Kimley Horne and Associates, then installed by Granite Construction. With assistance from their science teacher and The Living Street Alliance, students organized a community campaign to obtain support from neighbors, City Council Member Richard Fim and County Supervisor Ramon Valadez.

    The students developed a formal funding request for consideration by the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Oversight Committee who recommended Neighborhood Reinvestment (NR) bond funding in the amount of $229,000 to the Board of Supervisors. They approved funding on April 5, 2016. Design and construction were completed within eight months (March 2017-November 2017).

    In addition to a pedestrian bridge, the project included 500 feet of new sidewalks, a speed table crossing, water-harvesting basins in Swan Park, plus post and cabling to stop off-road vehicle traffic. Trees for Tucson will install dozens of trees in Swan Park to help mitigate erosion by flooding. Students learned valuable lessons about reciprocal relationships between citizens and government, public speaking and public policy.

    While NR projects are typically designed and constructed by the City of Tucson, the county provided project management services to ensure this particular project would be completed during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Working with both city transportation and parks departments on design, the water harvesting basins were relocated from Belvedere Street into Swan Wash Park to take advantage of the water retention. As with all other NR projects, the City will maintain this project over a period of 25 years as required by the Intergovernmental Agreement.

    The project addressed both drainage issues and safe routes to school benefitting an economically disadvantaged neighborhood. It also met master plan objectives of the Swan Park Plan. Over 1,000 residents live in the neighborhood where many local students attend (and walk local streets to) the Changemaker and Roberts- Naylor Schools.

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