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Street-safety improvements coming to South side school

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For decades, the streets of Pueblo Gardens Elementary have received little to no maintenance . . . until now.

Kaboom! awarded the Living Streets Alliance a grant to help make a number of safety enhancements.

Kaboom! is a national non-profit dedicated to building community playgrounds.

Pueblo Gardens is one of the few neighborhood schools in Tucson. A majority of students live within a mile of the school.

“I live really, really close so we can walk every day, " said Claudia Cabrere, mother of two children who attend Pueblo Gardens School.

Street-infrastructure improvements will take place on Menor Stravenue, a stretch of road Vanessa Cascio admits is in need of major updating. For the past two years, the alliance has coordinated with the City of Tucson and Tucson Unified School District.

“This is a really great opportunity to bring so much needed improvements to the area, which has been otherwise kind of neglected,” Cascio said.

Improvements will be focused on at least two crosswalks and an intersection that's prone to heavy traffic during the morning hours when students are walking or biking to school.

“For us, as Safe Routes to School, we're all about improving walking and biking conditions for kids."

There will also be aesthetic additions, such as trees, play stations and murals designed by students.

Pueblo Gardens School Principal Seth Aleshire said, “These small low-impact infrastructure projects that both create the beauty and the safety are imperative for our students and our families.”

Cascio is no stranger to the Pueblo Gardens neighborhood. She grew up attending Pueblo Gardens School.

She said getting the chance to beautify a familiar school and community is a wonderful feeling.

"For my family, who's kind of traversed these streets long ago, to see it in the same state and to have the resources to provide and bring the community together to drive the project is really important."

The Pueblo Gardens street-enhancements project is expected to be completed by Dec. 3. 

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