Your Neighborhood News - July 12, 2015
When: Thursday -  July 16, 5:30 PM 
Where: Tucson Assn. of Realtors, 2445 N. Tu cson Blvd

The First to Campbell Grant Road Coalition will be addressing the Grant Road Task Force about the neighborhoods' concerns for the Phase 2, Grant Road Project. The coalition is comprised of representatives of Jefferson Park, SAMOS, and Mountain/First neighborhoods. On behalf of the community and the neighborhoods they wish to address:
1 - Bike Safety at Mountain and Park Intersections. Mountain is the second most traveled bikeway in Tucson, yet there is no provision for some protections in the Grant Road Plan.
2 - Designing our segment of the  Grant Road Project to integrate a proposed Jefferson Park Health/History bike and pedestrian loop-three sides of which are either completed or in process. Grant Road will close the loop!
3 - The city's commitment to pay the cost of the consultant fees to redistrict the  northern  boundary of the Jefferson Park Historic District to compensate for the loss of the 23 contributing properties along Grant Road which will be demolished
4 - The neighborhoods' need for buffers along Grant Road in the form of walls, berms, and green space.  The coalition does not support the city's proposal that newly built structures should provide buffers.
5 - The existing zoning of R-1 and NR-1 must  remain.  The coalition will not support zoning changes that will allow commercial development along this segment.  This is the only segment in the entire Grant Road Project with significant R-1 zoning and the only segment that has an NPZ overlay and a designated historic district.

The coalition is your neighbors meeting and working entirely as volunteers.  Please consider coming to show the Task Force and city officials that many care deeply about the affects of the widening of Grant on their neighborhoods.  The coalition can supply the speakers, only you can supply the crowd.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
6:00 pm at the Ward III Office
Banner Health to Meet with Neighbors
Monday, July 20, 2015
6:15pm - 7:45 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Church - Koch Chapel
1200 N. Campbell Ave
(one block north of Speedway Blvd)
In 2007,  a Transportation Enhancement grant was written by Jefferson Park and the contiguous neighborhoods. You will soon see some significant changes on Park Ave from Speedway to Ft Lowell.  Allowances will be made for bicycle and pedestrian pathways as well as water harvesting.
    Project manager, Gary Wittwer, will present the plans and projected timing for the facelift. Decomposed granite pathways, water harvesting, sidewalks etc. are among the things planned. This enhancement will provide a part of the proposed Jefferson Park Health/History Bike Walk Loop. 

Come hear about what is planned  and perhaps stay after for the business meeting to hear the issues and projects being addressed by JPNA.
The Banner team will make a presentation on the proposed rezoning and the Planned Area Development (PAD) document.  There will be plenty of time and opportunity for questions. They have not yet formally submitted the rezoning application to the City of Tucson and they will not do so until after the above meeting and after they have heard neighborhood comments. 

Banner also noted that due to the summer timing of the meeting, they will be planning another meeting in September for those who may be out of town for the July 20th meeting. If you can not attend the July 20th neighborhood meeting or have questions before the meeting you may contact Keri Silvyn at (520) 207-4464 or e-mail
.   Please copy the chairs of the Jefferson Park Banner Development Committee: Steve Prendergast,  and Suzanne Trappman,

Having Fun with the Monsoon Rains
Does Jefferson Park have a stormwater run-off problem?
Next Big Monsoon
Need not be present to win!
$5.00 registration fee per Ducky
No limit on entries per person
First Prize
The race shall be announced by rain clouds and confirmed on  the JP google groups, Facebook page, or Jefferson Park twitter account at joanchall#jpnarubberduckrace. You don't have to brave the elements to participate..  


We have 2 Race Coordinators, who will be out in the pouring rain to watch the duckies race. Hopefully we will also have a couple of independent observers - contact Joan at if you are interested in being a referee.


All ducks will be released at one time and their progress monitored by official duck monitors.  You are welcome to come out and cheer your duck along.

The Ducky that goes the farthest along the route between Lester/Cherry and Grant/Vine wins first prize. There will also be prizes for all duckies that end up in water harvesting basins along the Vine Av Green Corridor.

.And the prizes! 
1st prize - A painted water harvesting barrel 
2nd prize - A quart of Arizona's only local date vinegar, compliments of Iskashitaa! 
3rd prize - TBD. 

There will also be prizes for all duckies that end up in water harvesting basins along the Vine Av Green Corridor.


To reserve your personal ducky contact:
Joan Hall,

Joanne Osuna,

See, register and pay on-line at 



Grant Road - Art Placement
Members of the Grant Rd. Phase 2 Art Panel met with the artists and the public June 30.  The Panel consists of members of the engineering and design team, as well at representatives of the Tucson Pima Arts Council.   The two artists, Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead, previously selected by the group to design the public art for Phase 2, presented four concepts for the group  to consider. 

As the discussion of the merits and demerits of each concept progressed it became apparent that one concept had the overwhelming support of the panel. The artists were asked to further develop that concept and be ready to present a finished product by late fall. 

The group also discussed sites for the placement of the final art. Two sites had been suggested.; one in the area of the "basin" between Hampton and Park and one at the intersection of Estrella and Grant.  Due to concerns of interfering overhead power lines, as well as visibility issues, the team selected the Estrella intersection for placement of the art.              (Suzanne Trappman)
Jefferson Park Banner Development Committee 
The Jefferson Park Banner Development Committee has met with Jonathan Mabry, City of  Tucson Historic Preservation Officer, concerning the redistricting of the historic boundary for Jefferson Park's south side. Banner Health will be removing several contributing properties on the 1700 and 1800 block of Lester.  Banner has agreed to cover the cost of the consultant to do the redistricting.  Additionally, that group has been consulting with Banner on mitigation of noise during and after the construction phase as well as water run off into the neighborhood.  The task requires many meetings and considerable research. Jefferson Park is indebted to those volunteer neighbors and the continued cooperation of the Banner Health Team. Thanks!
First to Campbell Grant Road Coalition
Giving a voice the the neighborhoods was the purpose for forming the Firts to Campbell Grant Road Coalition. SAMOS, Mtn/1st, and Jefferson Park are the initial members. More information will be coming. You will be offered the opportunity to become a member to show your support for a community and neighborhood friendly Grant Road design.

What happens on the southern and northern boundaries of this neighborhood will have a lasting affect on the quality of life of the internal neighborhood. It is everyone's issue!.     With questions or a much appreciated volunteer to help call or e-mail:
Jefferson Park Chairperson:  
     Joan Daniels
Jefferson Park Co-chair:  
     Joan Hall
SAMOS -   Bam Miller  
Mountain/First Rod Frable
(Joan Daniels) 
The Jefferson Park Green Committee
1) Will be planting more trees around the International School sometime in October.
2) Will be conducting a tree inventory in Jefferson Park for the Edible Urban Forest project.

To help with either or both of these projects e-mail Joan Hall at
Joanne Osuna at

Another set of neighbor volunteers we have to be thankful for!

Above Right: Tree planting 2013 on Hampton. Drive by to see how they have grown in 2 short years!

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City Code Violations in Jefferson Park  code violations such as weeds, garbage, abandoned vehicles, etc.
Police Incident reports for Jefferson Park  the 80 most recent incidents are reported here.
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SUMMER MOVIES CONTINUE AT LA PLACITA VILLAGE DOWNTOWN - Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 through August. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). Tomorrow's movie is Pillow Talk (1959), starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson. 

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July 22, 2015 
6:00 pm
Ward III office 
1 510 E. Grant Rd 
Meetings are open to everyone interested in Jefferson Park!
Renew your voluntary membership -$15.   Membership form
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of Jefferson Park, Inc. 
Summer Vacation!
Next Meeting
August 24, 2015
Ward III office
1510 E. Grant Rd. 
Meetings are open to anyone interested in Jefferson Park!
Area #1 - needs rep
Area #2 -  Bobby Kimmel
Area #3 - George Milan
Area #4 - Judy Janson
Area #5 - J. Lisa Jones
Area #6 - Chad Waits
This year's car is very special - a beautiful 2015 Ford Mustang, 50th Anniversary Edition approx value $48,190. 
Tickets are $25 each 
or five for $100.   
at all neighborhood meetings or call Joanne Osuna at 798-3602.

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Joan Daniels, co-editor                                   Joanne Osuna, co-editor
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