Presently, there is an online survey being conducted by the Pima County Government about potential bond projects to be considered by a voters in Pima County.

In Ward 5, there are four proposed projects on this list:

1) Improvements to the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center. The El Pueblo Activity Center is a bustling center on the southwest side of Tucson used by about 66,000 in 2012. Summer programming for kids is fully attended (120 registered, 100/day) and the walking path and exercise facility are used by a broad range of citizens.

El Pueblo Center is a regional facility on the southwest side of Tucson. It is part of a large complex of community facilities and programs including a pool, a senior center, adult education facilities, a community health clinic and a federal assistance facility.

Partner agencies at the center include the El Pueblo Westside Nutrition, So Voce Valle, Emerge, Henry Quinto Early Learning Center, El Rio Health Center, El Pueblo Library, Pima College Adult Education, City of Tucson Community Services Department Housing Management, each of which contributes to the center through their programming and services housed at the center.

2) Quincie Douglas Center Expansion. Public support is demonstrated by the high level of citizen involvement in the master plan and the high level of attendance at the center. Approximately 27,000 patrons visited Quincie Douglas Center in 2012. Programming provides benefits to a wide variety of users on the south side of Tucson many of whom reside in a high stress area.

Quincie Douglas Center is a neighborhood center that serves the southside with programs such as after school and summer recreation programs for youth and teens, senior nutrition, child care. The facility includes an exercise room, commercial kitchen, classrooms and a large community room. Expansion includes space for job training and educational classes. Quincie Douglas Center is part of a larger complex of community facilities including a branch of the Pima County Library, the Quincie Douglas Pool, and a senior housing development.

Partners at Quincie Douglas Center include KidzCo Childcare Center, a child care agency that operates in the center and the Tucson Urban League which provides a senior nutrition and socialization program. The partners provide services to members of a high stress community.

3) Silverlake Park Expansion. Public support is demonstrated by the high level of citizen involvement in the master plan and the heavy use of the park’s fields, pool and neighborhood center. The master planning process included many well attended public meetings. Neighbors have been involved in the park development even after the completion of the master plan being approved. South Park Neighborhood Association secured Neighborhood Reinvestment funding for the Quincie Douglas pool slide at Silverlake Park in 2005. Randolph Soccer League is the resident league at the park’s lighted soccer fields and has contributed $10,000 to park improvements. Challenger Little League is the long time resident at the park’s 4-field Little League complex. These fields are heavily used by both leagues.

Silverlake Park, at about 53 acres, serves as a regional sports park for the Tucson community. It has 4-field Little League complex with lights and a snack bar and 2 lighted, full size soccer fields.

Partnerships centered on the park’s operation include Randolph Soccer League and Challenger Little League. Original development of the park was a partnership between multiple jurisdictions to address flooding in residential areas.

4) Freedom Center Expansion. Broad public support for the Freedom Center Expansion was clearly demonstrated during the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee’s Parks Subcommittee review process. Many members of the 29th Street Coalition, a mulit-neighborhoood community action committee, spoke frequently at the Parks subcommittee meetings and sent many letters of support. Their support was for the expansion of Freedom Center and for a new slide at Freedom Park pool. The Freedom Center houses a community health clinic and various programs for children and adults. Partners at the center include MHC Healthcare, a community health care agency that operates health centers throughout the community.

Ward 5 and Pima County needs your input on the bond proposals. With that in mind, please go online to fill out the survey and remember these four projects.