Monday, August 8, 2011

135th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Hi Folks,

Now It’s Time for You To Help Us
Build Our Neighborhood Park

With the completion of the Arroyo Chico Detention Basin off Highland Avenue, we can now turn our attention to creating a new Miles Neighborhood Park.

Bill Richards, the Co-chair of the Miles Neighborhood Association wrote in his letter distributed this past weekend that “Pima County Flood Control, the developers and designers of this entire detention basin project, has asked for neighborhood input for the design and use of this space.” That’s really nice of them, don’t you think?

One consideration is a BMX course for racing bicycles on a track with obstacles. This sport is very popular with “riders from teen years into the 20s and 30s,” Bill stated.

“Having this course at the Park will be attractive to BMXers from around the entire city,” he added, but “…the influx of people and traffic…” needs to be examined thoroughly.

Other ideas or suggestions include park benches, BBQ grills, walking paths, community garden and so on.

The question is, what do you think should be done to develop this space? Your opinion counts so here are a couple of options you can use to express your ideas. Just call Bill at 629-9373 or email him at

Better yet, you can attend our first neighborhood meeting of the season at the Miles Exploratory School Gym on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 pm and talk about it then.

No matter what you decide to do, please know that your participation is very important.

Thinning Donations
With the economy being what it is and no solution in the hopper yet, we have to redouble our efforts to help those in need.

My plan is to call on some new neighbors this weekend and chat more with folks I already visit each Sunday. You may want to add a can or two to your donation or maybe talk your neighbor into participating.

I see it getting worse as we struggle to make it better. We have to keep in mind that we are feeding kids. I think about them all of the time and that’s what drives me forward.

We collected a total of 136 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $31.50, a $25.00 check and $6.50 in cash.

See you Sunday,


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