Last week Tucson voters approved Proposition 407 approving $225M in Bonds for improving the outdoor built environment. The funds will be used over the coming years for playgrounds, sports fields, pools, splash pads, recreation centers, pedestrian pathways, bike pathways, and pedestrian & bike safety infrastructure.
The plan includes 25 new splash pads, 22 new playgrounds and 17 shade structures installed at city parks in the next several years. Tucson will be reopening 2 city pools that have been closed and will make renovations the 22 other public pools. Improvements are also planned for sports fields, 28 new walking paths in parks, 26 new ramadas, 19 new restrooms and an amphitheater.
Safety and mobility projects will connect people to parks, schools, shopping and transportation. New sidewalks, enhanced major street crossings, off-street biking and walking paths and residential street traffic calming are also slated in the plan which will provide more than 210 km of enhancements across Tucson.
The improvements won’t happen overnight though. The $225M in improvements is spread over 9 years. You can learn more about the proposed Parks and Connections projects using Tucson’s Interactive Story Map.
Congrats to the voters of Tucson for investing in their built environment and creating more opportunities for folks to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise!