Welcome to the Armory Park, Tucson website, the official website of the Armory Park Neighborhood Association (APNA)! If you already live in Armory Park, you will find lots of useful information here. Please consider becoming an APNA member if you aren’t already one. Just click “Become a Member” to sign up. In addition to this website, we have an active listserv and a Facebook page. We have even on occasion been known to hand-deliver paper notices to the neighborhood on important issues.
If you don’t live in Armory Park, thanks for taking the time to check us out. Maybe you’re considering moving here? You should be able to get a lot of your questions answered – and maybe wind up with more questions than when you arrived.
Want to know anything else? Email Bill Duffy and he’ll track down an answer for you.
Brings Coworking is hosting a monthly movie night at the Historic Brings Building every fourth Monday of the month. Their next movie night is on July 26th in the Brings Building courtyard and it is a free event! They ask that folks reserve a ticket on Eventbrite using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160838497275
7/8/21 UPDATE: Good news! At Wednesday’s meeting, the Mayor and Council upheld the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board’s appeal of the Children’s Museum’s plan to fence off 4,000 square feet adjacent to the Museum, closing it to the public. The fence will not be built and the area will remain open to the public.
ORIGINAL POST: A message from Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board Chair Martha McClements:
I hope you have seen the announcement concerning the Children’s Museum’s proposal to enclose part of the grass area along 13th Street for private use.
The Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board (APHZAB) voted to appeal the decision of the Planning Director (7 for and 1 opposed) and the Armory Park Neighborhood Association paid the fee out of funds held for Historic Preservation. At the time of the APHZAB meeting in May, we got 14 responses opposed to the fence. At the Plans Review meeting there were several letters in support of the fence.
The APHZAB appeal has to and is based on Historic Preservation. The other neighborhood concerns raised were placing public property behind a paywall (like the Reid Park Zoo expansion and Barnum Hill) and the lack of public input (the only review process was through the three Historic reviews, two of which opposed the enclosure). Please consider sharing your opinion on this matter (again) with the City Clerk – email@example.com – by 5pm on July 6 (Tuesday). If you wish to speak, email the City Clerk your request to speak by noon on July 7. Please do not send any comments about this appeal to members of the Mayor and Council. I do ask you to spread the word.
Those who wish to “attend” the meeting may do so at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/gov/mayor-and-council-live?fbclid=IwAR2EFhkMq-rJW_k3rvUsAB7scfqUINjOsKsz_SDX_Vw3EHFbGFpuF200ZbE
The meeting is July 7 at 5:30 PM. The appeal is #10 on the Agenda. https://tucsonaz.onbaseonline.com/1801AgendaOnline/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=1540&doctype=1
A reminder: The APNA Board holds monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except January), at 6:30 PM. Because of COVID-19, APNA Board meetings are currently being held on line, at APNA Meeting Stream .
Meetings are open to all residents. Attending them is a great way to stay informed about issues of neighborhood-wide interest. We encourage you to attend!
Some APNA members want to renew their membership and pay online; you may be one of them. A new system is now available to do that! This link https://forms.gle/j7VXuSVtzXmX1v7J9 will take you to a form in APNA’s Google Workspace account. After completing the form, you will be offered links to PayPal to complete payment. The Become a Member! page here on the APNA website also has a link to the form. For help, mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Your suggestions and comments will be appreciated. Thanks for any feedback you can offer. We hope this new feature is a convenience for you.
If you complete the online membership form and pay via PayPal, the paper form is not needed.
Have you been taking more walks in the neighborhood than ever before because covid’s got your cooped up? Can you believe it is still in the 90s in November? After the hottest summer on record no less! Well…Armory Park has a wonderful opportunity for you to join in and try to beat the heat, green our streets and take a stab at climate change by planting street trees!
WHAT: Armory Park is partnering with Trees for Tucson to do a one-day tree planting project.
WHO: Residents can have a tree (or three) planted out front of their house along the sidewalk and/or help volunteer to plant trees! We also need volunteers to help get out the word.
Click here to learn more about the project and order a tree.
Click here to sign up to volunteer (flyering or tree planting).
GOAL: We hope to plant 60 trees on planting day with 30 volunteers. Will you join us??
Pima County Health Department and Downtown Tucson Partnership have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing to individuals who work, live, and play downtown.
The new Downtown Tucson Testing Center will be located at 88 E Broadway Blvd., on the southwest corner of Broadway Blvd. and Sixth Ave. Testing will begin Friday October 16th from 10AM to 2PM every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those seeking testing can register without an appointment on-site OR by appointment at www.pima.gov/covid19testing
While the new site is free and open to anyone, planners from the Health Department and Downtown Tucson Partnership are hopeful that the site will serve as an ideal and convenient place for downtown employers to direct employees for testing should they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
“Quick and accessible testing is a key factor in helping businesses protect their employees and patrons as the pandemic continues,” said Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. “We want to do all that we can to support businesses as they get back on their feet.”
The testing is being conducted by Paradigm Laboratories via their mobile testing unit. Results will be available in 72 hours or less and can be accessed through Paradigm’s easy to use online portal.
Tucson Electric Power has graciously offered the former MiAn Sushi retail and patio space for a socially distant patient registration and waiting area.
To learn more about COVID-19 in Pima County, visit http://www.pima.gov/covid19. More information about the Downtown Tucson Partnership can be found online at DowntownTucson.org
A message from APNA President David Bachmann-Williams:
Our annual elections for the board of directors are next month and we’re looking for four people who are willing to help keep the neighborhood a great place to live. Plan on allowing about two hours for the monthly meetings, plus whatever additional time you’re willing to spend on areas of interest to you. Officer positions do require more of a commitment. There’s always a need for help with special projects such as helping neighbors maintain a safe walkway, occasional neighborhood clean-ups, and, when life returns to whatever the new normal will be, planning social events which draw neighbors together.
Please let me know if you are interested, or if you would like more information by emailing me at email@example.com.
Early voting began this morning! Visit the Pima County Recorder’s website for Election 2020 info. https://www.recorder.pima.gov/ElectionInformation
The Downtown Merchant’s Association, in partnership with Downtown Tucson Partnership and the Pima County Health Department, have the plans in place for a Grand Reopening of businesses in the downtown core. That reopening is coming on October 1st. All of the plans have the public’s health and safety as keys to the reopening.
Each business displaying this Ready for You emblem has demonstrated to Pima County Health inspectors that it is complying with the safety standards required for a safe reopening. You can find the full list of those standards at www.pimaready.com.