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  • April 5, 2019 – Vol. 4, No. 14

    Marist project adds more affordable housing downtown
    Downtown Tucson will offer more affordable housing options come mid-April with the opening of the new Marist on Cathedral Square project. Funded in part by Pima County General Obligation Bonds, the 83-unit senior living community on Church Avenue South of Broadway Boulevard was developed by the Foundation for Senior Living.

    County honors youth poets, artists at Living River of Words celebration
    The Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and the Pima County Regional Flood Control District will recognize the winning youth poets and artists of this year’s Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry Contest (LROW) April 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr. 

    Transportation Department widening Valencia Road
    The Pima County Department of Transportation continues work on the Valencia Road widening project, between Ajo Way and Wade Road. Work will continue into summer 2020 as the road is widened to four lanes and multiple drainage structures are added.

    County seeking volunteers for trail building events
    The Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to help them build 11 miles of trails in preserved, open space areas on the west side of Tucson, bordering Tucson Mountain Park.

    The Painted Hills trail system will feature four miles of new trails, and the Enchanted Hills area will offer seven miles of new trails. Both locations border Tucson Mountain Park, and trails are suitable for all ability levels and user groups. The Pima County trails staff needs volunteers to help with new trail construction and revegetation efforts this spring at both locations. No previous trail work experience required.

    Become a parks partner
    It takes a lot of people to manage a quarter-million acres of conservation lands, more than four dozen parks, 25 trailheads, community centers, pools, shooting ranges and a 140-mile multiuse path called the Chuck Huckelberry Loop. It’s why Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation has tried to get creative when it comes to stretching financial resources and personnel, writes Chris Cawein, director of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, in his column.

    Renovations mean temporary closures at two libraries
    Quincie Douglas Library will close April 5-May 17 for workflow improvements. Woods Memorial Library's closure for new carpet installation is from April 17 to May 5.

    Pima County seeing added value of sustainable operations
    The County in 2007 began preparing for a potentially uncertain climate future with the adoption of the first Sustainable Action Plan for County Operations (SAPCO). Last November the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted a new plan outlining specific targets and strategies the County will pursue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions even further.

    Ellie Towne Center celebrating Fridays
    It’s “Finally Friday” and students in first to sixth grade and their parents are invited to celebrate. Youngsters and their families can enjoy games, crafts and more on April 12, 5-7 p.m., at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road.

    from the annual Autism Walk April 6 at Kino Sports Complex to a talk on the beauty, power and resilience of black women April 6 sponsored by the Pima County Public Library at Dunbar Cultural Center to three miles of vehicle-free fun at Cyclovia Tucson April 7 from Banner University Medical Center to the Warehouse Arts District.

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