SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN STARTS TOMORROW MORNING AT TPD WESTSIDE SUBSTATION – Early tomorrow morning, 2013, Tucson Police Department commissioned and civilian personnel will be running and carrying the Special Olympics Torch. The run will begin at 6:30 a.m., following Flowing Wells north to Prince Road, then east to Oracle Road, then north to Auto Mall drive, where TPD will hand the torch off to personnel from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. The Torch Run is part of TPD’s ongoing commitment to helping raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona. Read the news release from TPD here.

REID PARK ROSE GARDEN RECEIVES GARDEN OF THE YEAR HONOR – The Pacific Southwest District of the American Rose Society has bestowed the Reid Park Rose Garden with the honor of Garden of the Year. The Rose Garden represents an on-going partnership with the Friends of The Reid Park Rose Garden who volunteer regularly to maintain the property. The garden originally opened in 1960 with 232 rose beds. It contains more than 100 species of roses and 800 individual plants, and is typically in full bloom in the spring during March and April and in the fall around October and November. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.

SOLAR ARRAY SOON TO COVER PORTION OF AIRPORT PARKING LOT, CONSTRUCTION STARTS NEXT MONTH – The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) is advising travelers that construction of solar canopies over a large, marked portion of the daily parking lot will begin May 8, and is expected to conclude in September. The project will generate one megawatt of power annually. Tucson International Airport is the property of the City of Tucson, and is managed under a lease agreement with the TAA. The project was financed by a $5.7M grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. "Tucson is a Solar City,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild when the project was announced last September. “It's entirely appropriate that visitors flying in to Tucson see evidence of our commitment to solar even before they get off the plane.”

CINCO DE MAYO: FIESTA AT THE FORT, AND TUCSON'S FIRST ANNUAL TORTILLA FESTIVAL – On Sunday, May 5th, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, Parks & Rec will host the Second Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the Fort and Tucson’s First Annual Tortilla Festival. This will be a celebration of Mexican folklore, art, music, and tortilla sampling. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.