Pruning Tips

by Betts* Putnam-Hidalgo
Neighbors, the Home Tour is coming up and it’s a good time to clean up our neighborhood. As the weather cools off, its nice to walk again, but some plants are starting to get a little shaggy in some areas, and some sidewalks are shrinking to remarkably thin tiptoe spaces!  For safety and easy passage,  it’s a good idea to prune back low-hanging tree branches and  shrubs that are encroaching on the sidewalk. Continue reading “Pruning Tips”

Armory Park: Time for a Community Garden

If you have ever attended the Armory Park Home Tour, you know that it’s a chance to explore our neighborhood’s most colorful treasures.  The annual fund raising event highlights the thoughtful preservation and renovation of historic homes alongside the contextual architecture of newer homes, many of which boast green amenities such as solar power and water harvesting.  And if you walk or ride your bike through the Tour, you get to enjoy some local whimsy along the way, the small details and expressions of neighborhood character that I like to consider the Home Tour “sideshow”: street art, murals, creative landscaping, quirky paint jobs, and yard signs promoting everything from humanitarian and political causes to modern cottage industries.

Armory Park is a true historic neighborhood, distinguished by buildings and streetscapes that confirm the continuity of the past – when the Armory was an armory, and building materials were scarce – with the present and future.  Those of us who seek out a place like Armory Park to live, whether we own or rent our homes, are inspired to preserve and build on what we already have: a neighborhood that is at once lively and peaceful, walkable and livable.  One Sunday afternoon each fall, the Home Tour offers a chance to slow down, meet one another and take a deeper look at our surroundings.

For those with an eye for gardening and plants, a Home Tour in Armory Park often reveals some really lovely yards and gardens, where we imagine people spending their time relaxing or playing.  Some of the urban oases in Armory Park have taken decades to mature.  Some happened by accident.  Many are inherited, as remnants of the original gardens on historic properties that date back to before we were born.

Aside from weeds and the occasional pest, what’s not to love about gardening?  Continue reading “Armory Park: Time for a Community Garden”

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new organization in the neighborhood, connecting  volunteers with neighbors in need, sponsored by the Armory Park Neighborhood Association and the Armory Center.   We’re also a part of Neighbors’ Care Alliance and Pima Council on Aging.

Drop by our office at the Center and say Hi to our dispatcher.

Starting in October, we’ll begin providing neighbors with rides to medical appointments or for necessary grocery shopping;  we also run critical errands like picking up prescriptions.  And all our services are free.  If you can donate a little time or cash, that’s fine but not required. (You can make donations through the APNA website; make sure to indicate your donation is for Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

We’re looking for clients.  If you’re fifty-five or older and live in Armory Park, we’ll talk to you about signing up for transportation.  If you’re eligible for other services like SunVan, we’re not out to replace them, but we want to hear about your situation.  Call us at 520-344-3222 for an interview.

3rd Annual Ice Cream Social Slated for Sunday, September 25

The Armory Park Neighborhood Association invites all neighbors to the
3rd annual Ice Cream Social
Sunday, September 25
1:30-3 PM
Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th Avenue
FREE

It’s a gathering for everyone in the neighborhood with ice cream, music by Armory Park resident and KXCI DJ Carl Hanni, games, and  fun!
Bring your friends and family
Meet your neighbors
Cool off with yummy ice cream

Call (520) 829-0074 for more information

Parking Program Finally Here

The Armory Park Neighborhood Association has created a new parking program for residents in the neighborhood. It’s a voluntary program that’s designed to complement the already existing Parkwise programs that are available to all residents in the area. By covering areas where those programs are not desirable, needed, or cost effective, it can provide some of the same benefits, and a few added benefits at minimal or no cost.

Each APNA membership will be provided a free decal. (Couple memberships receive 2 decals.) Non-members will pay  $10 for the first permit.  All secondary/additional decals for anyone, will be available for $5. This is a one-time cost.

For more information about the program, please download the Armory Park Neighborhood Parking Program Package (MS Word, 7 pages), which includes the application. Please review the whole document. Hopefully, it will answer any questions you may have about the program, and about parking problems and parking laws now enforced throughout the area.

Then, simply print out the 1 page application, fill it in and follow the instructions so you can get your decal as soon as possible!

Thank you for participating!