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Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association, Tucson, Arizona

The Monthly Meeting of the SHNA

The next monthly meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association will be held February 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Sam Hughes Elementary School, Room 12. Note: Different location this month only. March meeting will return to Himmel Park Library.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise announced, Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Look for minutes of recent meetings on the Minutes/Agendas page.



What is the Himmel Park Beautification Project?

This is a project initiated by three residents of the Sam Hughes midtown neighborhood: Denice Blake, Betty Guarraia, and Susan Peters. In an effort to meet our objective to spend a small amount of the resources from the Sam Hughes biennial home tour, we first came up with four guiding principles that would ultimately benefit midtown neighborhoods: high visibility, aesthetic appeal, education, and collaboration. To meet those objectives, we have selected Himmel Park Library for external beautification.

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Why this project?

The library is a brick structure that anchors the popular midtown Himmel Park.  The building itself has very recently undergone interior remodeling.  The 52-year old library, the oldest branch in the Pima County Library System, is extremely well-used at approximately 18,000 door entries per month.  The library sits on a corner with all four sides visible from two streets.

Unfortunately, the grounds appear to be long-neglected.  Among the overgrown, woody lantana, there are two deciduous trees on the right-hand side of the entrance, but one is dead.  The north side is comprised of weeds and several evergreen trees and bushes in need of pruning.  The south and west sides are bare with the exception of chain link fences surrounding mechanical structures. The grass near the entranceway is trampled to such an extent as to appear to be mostly dirt.

There is one bike rack and one small bench near the front door, but no other seating. There are four trees but no other landscaping in the front quadrant. Irrigation is via a sprinkler system that sprays the grass and dirt.

As is true in most cities, funding is available for little more than routine maintenance. Our group believes that if residents, library patrons, those who care about the aesthetics of their local environment and other potential stakeholders don't act, who will?

PROPOSED
PROPOSED

BIKE RACK
BIKE RACK

The south and west sides are bare with the exception of chain link fences surrounding mechanical structures. The grass near the entranceway is trampled to such an extent as to appear to be mostly dirt. There is no signage on the building. There is one bike rack and one small bench near the front door, but no other seating. There are four trees but no other landscaping in the front quadrant. Irrigation is via a sprinkler system that sprays the grass and dirt.

As is true in most cities, funding is available for little more than routine maintenance. Our group believes that if residents, library patrons, those who care about the aesthetics of their local environment and other potential stakeholders don't act, who will? We believe this project is a fine example of Margaret Mead's observation, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has."

PROPOSED
After

TILED BENCH
After

What has been accomplished so far?

Working with Tucson Parks and Recreation and Northwest Landscaping, under the auspices of award-winning landscape artist Sonya Becker, we are set to begin installation in April 2016. Amenities will include increased walkways, artistic bike racks, landscaping with decomposed granite and drought-tolerant plants placed in mounds and swales, additional trees, implementation of a drip system and donor and memorial benches --- including a memorial to a popular, recently-deceased children's librarian. See accompanying pictures.  The renderings and landscape plan are by Malerie Gamboa, a University of Arizona graduate student.



How Can You Help?

1)Spread the word to friends and neighbors, businesses that might be willing to donate material, and other neighborhoods that use the library and the park.

2)There is a final $500 matching grant on offer through February 28. Although we have reached capacity for large donations for trees and benches, there is still an opportunity to leave your mark and show support for this project by purchasing a $50 paver which you can have engraved with up to three lines of 15 letters each, including spaces. Pavers must be ordered by February 28 to allow time for engraving. Purchase is available by using the donor envelopes in the library or via this website.

3)If you would like to donate labor or other materials, please e-mail lguar@aol.com .

4) An Important Fact:  Although this project is not at all exclusive to the Sam Hughes neighborhood, we are using the 501 c (3) tax status of the association.  Your donation to the Himmel Park Beautification Project is fully tax-deductible. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please address them to johnden43@hotmail.com with "HPBP" in the subject line.

If you wish to write a check, please make it out to SHNA but write "HPBP" in the memo area. 
Mail to:
PO Box 42931
Tucson, Az. 85733


Donate Any Amount


Paver ($50)

Order by February 28


SOLD OUT

Tree ($500)


SOLD OUT

Bench ($500)


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