The neighborhood chief documents the differences
Beki Quintero from the Sunnyside neighborhood on the south side says she can experience temperature differences when driving north.
“When I drive to Oro Valley and Marana, you can first see the dreary rot, then you can see the lush green grass and the beauty as you head further north,” said Quintero, a native of Tucson, a 48-year-old Sunnyside resident and Secretary-Treasurer of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
“When you go up there and see shade structures, trees and grass, you can feel the difference,” Quintero said.
She documented the temperature differences between the arid and lush landscapes right in her neighborhood, at Fiesta Park near Alvord Street and Liberty Avenue.
Some time ago, she planted a thermometer in the ground of the park’s Peace Garden, adorned with mesquites, lime trees, orange trees and Texas mountain laurels. He was reading 94 degrees.
She moved to a more arid area of the park. The thermometer recorded 151 degrees, she said.
“You go to parks in other parts of the city, they have structures for the kids to play and lots of shade trees. Take Morris K. Udall Park “on the northeast side,” Quintero said.
“They have a lot of trees and a wading pool. It’s green. It’s pretty, she said. “At Mission Manor Park in Sunnyside, the trees are older. They die and they are not replaced.