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Welcome to Armory Park!

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.

 

Pima County Health Department Adding New COVID-19 Testing Site Downtown

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

APNA Board Election Coming

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 davidbedub@gmail.com.

Downtown Ready to Reopen!

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.

APNA’s Looking for a Treasurer

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Our Current Treasurer, Donna Taylor, will be leaving the Board and office at the end of this year. A new treasurer will be needed to carry on her work. She has established a system of record keeping and reporting beneficial to our association. Concurrent with the last few months of her term, APNA is moving to cloud applications for most functions, including the Treasurer’s 

A cloud based system will be simpler to use because the hardware requirements are minimal and help will be readily available should the new Treasurer encounter problems. Remote collaboration is essential in these Covid times. 

These are the position requirements as I see them:

  • An interest in sound financial management. 
  • The ability to follow a systematic approach to administration. 
  • Some familiarity with digital technology but expertise is not needed. 
  • A computer with a modern internet browser. 
  • An internet connection. 
  • A printer is very desirable but not essential. 

If you are  interested in this way of supporting your neighborhood, I would like to hear from you. Please call me at 520-975-4852 or email me at bachmanwms@gmail.com

Board Election 11/10/20

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Hi neighbors,
This is a notification that if you want to vote in the neighborhood association elections that you have to have a current membership up to date.  Our bylaws require that you be a member at least 45 days before the election.  The election will be November 10.  You need to have your membership be current by September 25.  If you are not sure whether your membership is up to date please contact Phyllis (pefnaz@gmail.com), our membership chair.

APNA Board Meeting 9/8 Via ZOOM!

The APNA Board of Directors will hold its September meeting by Zoom on Tuesday the 8th at 6:30.  For those who would like to attend you will receive an invitation from Liz Burden who is going to be the Zoom host for the meeting. Drop in and hear what’s going on in and around the neighborhood!

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Ends

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Dear Armory Park residents,
We have received a letter announcing the closing of the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors program by the Episcopal Church.  We have happily and generously been a conduit of donations to this program by both donations accompanying membership forms and through our Home Tours.
Please do not include donations to Neighbors Feeding Neighbors with memberships from now on.  Our APNA Board will have this issue on the agenda for next Tuesday’s meeting.  We will begin to look for replacement charities to support.
We are thankful for the years that Jeff Bailey and his crew put into Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, bringing tasty, hot nutritious meals to people along with some welcome and needed human contact.
For those of you who have donated money to NFN in the last month you will be contacted about what to do with your donation after the board meeting Tuesday.
Stay Healthy!

APNA Supports You; Please Support APNA

Not a member of the Armory Park Neighborhood Association? Please consider joining at https://armoryparktucson.org/membership/.

Our community made a great response to the threat of the proposed Central Business District expansion within Armory Park. A team of individuals and a strong response from many residents provided our council member, Steve Kozachik, with the information he needed to take action. His results were quick and effective, so this threat has passed for now. 

Neighbors have expressed appreciation for the efforts of all involved, but one player has not yet been recognized. Without the contribution of our neighborhood association (APNA) none of this would have been achieved. It was at a Board meeting that the threat first became apparent and the Board expressed its concern. Very soon after, email polling of the Board authorized an aggressive response against the expansion within Armory Park. The second Zoom meeting, attended by many residents and Board members, gave City staff notice that the fight was on. President David Bachman-Williams spoke for the neighborhood in expressing our disapproval of the expansion. Only by having an active association did we learn of the threat and have a powerful voice opposing it. 

APNA is built on the membership of neighbors. Our listserv has 350 email addresses enrolled. A number of those are for couples so the number of individuals subscribed is greater. 405 people follow our Facebook page. APNA has 136 members today, a third of the listserv users and Facebook followers. More people willing to pay the $10 per person annual dues strengthens the voice of our Board and President. As small as the dues are, they pay for meeting space and other expenses. Without an APNA financial contribution, the recent sidewalk improvements could not have been completed. The bottom line:

— Please pay your dues now (If you have already, thanks). Contact Phyllis Factor (Pefnaz@gmail.com), our membership chair. 

— Serve as an officer, as a Board Director, on a committee or as a project team worker. 2021 elections are this November. 

Armory Park is a great neighborhood, but only active engagement by our residents can keep it that way. Thanks for your active contribution.