The Grant Road Heritage Landscape Proposal and Tucson Heritage Park and Health Trail
September 1, 2017 APPLICATION FOR A FOREST PATHWAY ON GRANT ROAD PARCELS
September 1, 2017 the application below was submitted to the State AZ Forestry Division. The timeline for notification of award and potential funding are:
The review process will take at least a couple of months, although DFFM may get an indication of where this ranks sometime in late November… maybe early December.
Once ranked by the Western Review, the proposals are forwarded to the national office (Washington DC) to await completion of the final federal budget process.
Federal budget decisions (for FFY2018) will determine how many of the proposals are funded (i.e., where the “cut” line is). This generally occurs in the spring – sometimes as late as June, but mostly by April/May.
If selected for funding, the money would be ready for expenditure 1 October 2018. (We could begin the paperwork process in September to start the project in early October.)
Read here or use the download option below to print a hard copy.
MAY 2016 APPLICATION FOR A HERITAGE PARK AND HEALTH TRAIL
As a result of the coalition paper entitled "Grant Road Heritage Landscape Corridor" (see above), the Ward III council person, Karin Uhlich, convened several entities to address the possibility suggested by the proposal. The result was the following federal grant. The city of Tucson in partnership with the RTA, PAG and the Grant Road Coalition-Central Segments submitted the following grant addressing the open lots from Park to Santa Rita on the south side of Grant Road. This grant was submitted at the state level on May 6 and received the highest scoring. It was forwarded to the federal level for consideration. There will be 15 proposals funded and the notification date is October 2016. THIS GRANT WAS NOT AWARDED
EXHIBIT a - Grant Road Improvement Plan
EXHIBIT b & c: Neighborhood Histories, Neighborhood Architecture
EXHIBIT d: Grant Road Project - Public Art Master Plan
EXHIBIT e: A proposed Walk/Ride Health Loop Hampton to Campbell Avenue
EXHIBIT f - Surgeon General's Call to Action
MARCH 2016 - White paper GRANT ROAD HERITAGE LANDSCAPE CORRIDOR PROPOSAL Repurpose the Remnants and Reallocate the Resources
Read the Landscape Corridor proposal above or click on the "download File" below to print a hard copy.
March 2016 - The Grant Road Coalition Central Segments completes it proposal to the city "The Grant Road Heritage Landscape Proposal" (above) . In that document the coalition suggests that the land not used by the roadway be re purposed as a landscaped corridor to complement many existing and evolving efforts to create open space for walking/biking through the neighborhoods.
This proposal does not address the alignment of the Grant Road Project. What it does is address are the pieces of land that are left after the roadway is created. It sites agreements between the city and various entities to protect and mitigate the affects of the 6-lane roadway on the historic neighborhoods which border it. These commitments are Neighborhood Plans developed with the City of Tucson and Vision statements created by the project that were made as long as 10 years ago.
This proposal gives the project the opportunity to honor those commitments by creating an historic landscape, a corridor for active transportation, and an opportunity to look at buffering and mitigation for the historic homes and neighborhoods which are impacted. April 2016 - The Coalition presents this vision to the RTA, PGA, City Staff, Ward III and work is begun on a National Park Service Rx Grant through the Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership.
Below: The April 24 celebration of National Park Rx Day and presentation of the Tucson Heritage Park and Health Trail Proposal and the history photos for the Jefferson Park bike/walk Loops. The Doc wrote a Rx for the 1.75 mile loop walk for those present. RX Day Celebration, photos by Natalie Mitchell
WHAT IF? The central segments from Park to Campbell and from Campbell to Tucson Blvd included an open space design. What if that linear strip enhanced the urban core of Tucson with a bike and walking path that could be attached to loops within the adjacent neighborhoods? The Uof A students, Banner Health employees, dog walkers, and residents of several neighborhoods could walk, run, and bike their way to health in one of the sunniest cities in the country. What if doctors prescribed Parks instead of Prescriptions https://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/parkrx.htm. and we created one right in the urban core?
WHO WILL SHARE THE VISION? 1- The residents of adjacent neighborhoods 2- U of A students walking/biking to classes 3-Banner employees walking for health 4-business at the Central Centers 5-Tucson residents who live in the urban centers 6-The elected officials of Tucson
WHO WILL DESIGN THE VISION? The U of A Landscape+Architecture+Design graduate level studio class will create the designs for the linear park. They will work with residents through meetings. They will interview city staff.
WHO WILL APPROVE THE PARK? The park can be implemented only through the direction of Tucson City Mayor and Council. The remnant parcels from the Grant Road Project could be re-evaluated and sold by the city to developers. Or the council could decide to return open space to the urban core for the health and prosperity of the inner city residents. Only by a vote of the city council can this become a reality.