TUCSON NAMED A TOP 10 'BEST U.S. CYCLING TOWN' - Tucson ranks 7th in the 10Best.com website rankings. The website, a division of USA Today Travel, cites Tucson's mild winter temperatures and dry conditions as ideal times to cycle. It also mentions The Loop, 700 miles of bike lanes and beautiful scenery. Davis, Calif. earned the top ranking in the survey.
GROCERY STORE ON ITS WAY TO DOWNTOWN - Downtown Tucson this year could see the opening of its first full-service grocery store in 42 years. The former, and current, owners of the Rincon Market are joining forces to open a 6,000-square-foot grocery store in the building that last housed the Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. Sixth Ave. The market plans to stock a full line of meat, produce, and dairy products. “It is the one piece that has been missing from getting out of your car and living an urban lifestyle,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “This is really a turning point for downtown,” Keith said. “This is the moment when all future housing projects and the Ronstadt transit (project) become viable in a way they weren’t before.” Owners say with student housing complexes up and running, coupled with the pending SunLink Modern Streetcar and a potential hotel, strong demand for new development has arrived. The store will be called Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, in honor of the late entrepreneur who maintained a business presence downtown between 1949 and 2001. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
TUCSON IS AMONG BEST CITIES FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS - A consumer advocacy site that chronicles health care cost information, analyzed available data on asthma prevalence, air quality, cost, and access to asthma care in the 50 largest U.S. cities to compile its list of Best and Worst Cities for Asthma Sufferers. NerdWallet Health ranked Tucson as the 4th best city for those with asthma. The study says out-of-pocket asthma drug costs in Tucson are relatively low, and the American Lung Association gave Tucson an “A” grade in particulate air pollution. Phoenix was among the ten worst cities for asthma sufferers.
EGGSTRAVAGANZA THIS WEEKEND - The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and Tucson Water present the 15th Annual Eggstravaganza this Saturday, 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Ave. This free, annual community-wide event is expected to attract more than 2,000 Tucson children and their families. Activities include music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. A variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors.
FREE ENTRY TO NATIONAL PARKS THIS WEEKEND - It'll be free this weekend to access national parks and monuments, in honor of National Park Week, which runs April 19 - 27. Park entrance fees are waived for 133 parks out of the 401 in the National Park system. The other 268 never charge entrance fees. Free admission includes the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Catus National Monument and other sites in Arizona. Read more from Tucson News Now, and view the National Park Service list of national parks.