Design Speculation for Conner Park – U of A Architecture

From Courtney Crosson – Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Arizona

Kyle (and his partner Manny) have been assigned to look at Connor Park this semester.  The course is sponsored by Pima County Flood Control District – and it asks students to consider how upcoming Prop 407 projects can additionally mitigate local flooding issues.  The students are asked to engage with the surrounding community during the semester.

Manuel (I didn’t get his last name – sorry) came to the CGNE meeting on October 28, 2019 and talked about the project.

Here is a condensed version of the project.

Campbell-Grant NE Neighborhood Association Meeting – September 23, 2019, Ward III office

Campbell-Grant NE Neighborhood Association Meeting

September 23, 2019, Ward III office

 

Attendance:  Brian Silverstein, Cindy Sorrensen, Chris Janton, Ana Maria Lopez Medrano, Vicki Mills, Robert Mitchell, Cathy Rex, Tom Rex, James Croxen, David Owen, Leilani Bew, Elana Rose Summers, Andy Laurenzi, John Lundberg, Barbara Fransway, Georgia O’Neill, Chris Scott, Connie Trecartin, Richard Margolis 

Guests:  Matt Kopec, Ward III office, Ofc. Joseph Gradias

Wilson Wash – Andy Laurenzi – Andy has set up a meeting on October 23 at 8:30 at Copper and the wash with Elizabeth Liebold of TDOT (Dept of Transportation) and others from the public right of way maintenance staff.  Anyone who is interested from the neighborhood can attend. They will look over the wash and discuss regular maintenance – a schedule we can depend on; the channel and sediment buildup and drainage problems and what can be done; and the possible use of chicanes (bump outs) to plant trees along the wash as a way to make the area more attractive – is there room for these on the street, are they feasible?  If we could do chicanes, then we would have to figure out how to get money to pay for them.  

This meeting will happen the week before our next neighborhood meeting, so Andy or others can report about it at that meeting.

Meeting with Banner about Development of southeast corner of Campbell/Grant – Andy was unable to attend the meeting.  Jim Sauer did attend and sent out a detailed message about the meeting to our email list on 9/20.  There is a white paper about this on the Coalition website.  The white paper is at http://www.grantroadcoalition.com/campbellgrant-white-paper.html

Minutes of the August meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s report – Vicki Mills – We have $1646.27 in bank and 24 households that have paid dues so far in 2019.  We haven’t spent much money this year, but our big expense, the picnic, is coming in November.  This is also when most people pay their dues.

Picnic – Vicki Mills – We have a small committee who will plan the picnic.  The two possible days are Sunday Nov 3 and 17.  The majority of the people at the meeting chose Nov 17. The picnic will be in Conner Park from 11-1.  There will be more about the picnic on email.

Postcard mailed to all homes – The city will print and mail one newsletter or postcard per year for each neighborhood.  To save time, we will send a postcard this year announcing the picnic, meeting dates and how to subscribe to our email list.

Prep and Pastry – No word from the Nathan Ares about parking issues.  Chris J. said the alley behind P&P has been repaired.  You can stop in and tell them you are from neighborhood and get free coffee and discounts on food.  

Painting of Speed Bumps – Matt Kopec was asked to look into getting this done.  

Garden Club – Two members of club harvested prickly pears. It was suggested that maybe the club could map the citrus trees in the neighborhood for more efficient harvesting. Also maybe do a workshop on planting milkweed in the neighborhood. 

December activities – For the past two years we have done caroling in the park.  It was suggested that we do it this year before dark, so we don’t need to worry about lights.  We have also had a Holiday potluck in the past.  We need to see if we can get any volunteers to help with these activities.

Recycling — biweekly schedule will start September 30th. The city sent a calendar. The neighborhood is in the A schedule. If neighbors need an additional trash can, the city will provide it. In addition if you have a broken trash can, the city will replace at no charge.

Officer Gradias – Stopped by towards the end of the meeting to hear any concerns neighbors have or have heard of.  He heard about the previous meeting concern regarding homeless staying the whole day and night at the park.

 

Minutes submitted by Ana Maria Lopez Medrano, secretary