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Cholla Trail Renovation Update​

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to provide this update on the current status of the Cholla Trail project.  Construction began in November 2021 on a new trail route for the popular Cholla Trail that services the east side of Camelback Mountain. The new, improved route will provide a  better trail experience for hikers and neighbors. The alignment is now moved away from Cholla Lane and will include a small restroom as well as drinking water. Special attention was given to providing a Sonoran Desert plant palette that will be used to buffer the surrounding neighbors from the trail. Learn more about the project...



Millions in Grant Funds Available!​
We are looking for non-profits and schools to support...

PAC ARPAAs a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Phoenix is offering substantial grant opportunities for non-profits and schools that would like to provide provide free and affordable youth sports opportunities and after school programs for Phoenix youth.​

More details can be found at the Phoenix Parks and Recreation's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 website phoenix​​.gov/parks/arpa​

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Register for classes and programs now! Hundreds of new classes are available. Whether you are interested in shedding those pandemic pounds or just need an affordable way get your kids active, there is a something that is right for you and your family.



"Take a Hike. Do it Right."​​

Millions of people enjoy Phoenix hiking trails every year. Park Rangers educate trail users about important "Take a Hike. Do it Right."​ hiking safety guidelines. 

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Making Phoenix a better place to live, visit and play!

Phoenix provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserve land with more than 200 miles of trails; 185 parks; 32 community and recreation centers; eight golf courses; 29 pools where thousands cool off and learn to swim each summer; and classes, programs and sports leagues where kids and adults learn, stay active and have fun.​



Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project

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Cesar Chavez Community Center

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City Pools and Swim Lesson Information for Summer 2022https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1870Parks and Recreation4/29/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1870/paradise valley pool.jpgCity Pools and Swim Lesson Information for Summer 2022<div class="ExternalClassF889477A99074A8FA69D9D1B57D91C29"><html> <p><em></em></p><p><a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> staff look forward to seeing community members at a City pool during summer 2022 and would like them to be aware of important details about pool operations and dates for swim lesson registration. </p><p>The department will operate the following 14 City pools this summer: Coronado, Cortez, Deer Valley, El Prado, Encanto, Harmon, Hermoso, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Pecos, Perry, Roosevelt, Starlight and Sunnyslope . <a href="/parks/pools/find-a-pool/" target="_blank">Find a city pool near you</a>.</p><p>Opening day for the City's 14 pools is May 28, and will be open during the following 2022 dates:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend)</li><li>June 4 - July 31</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Select Pools</strong></span></p><p>·       Aug. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28</p><p>·       Sept. 3, 4, and 5</p><p>Additionally, Cortez, El Prado, Encanto, Harmon, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Perry and Sunnyslope<strong> </strong>pools will be open on weekends from 12-6 p.m. through Labor Day. All other pools close on July 31.  </p><p>Youth ages 17 and younger will receive FREE admission to swim at select Kool Kids pools. Adults can swim for $3 and seniors for $1 (age 60 and older). Kool Kids pools are as follows: Sunnyslope, Deer Valley, Maryvale, Harmon, Encanto, Perry, Starlight, Coronado, Roosevelt, Hermoso, and El Prado. </p><p>Some swim lessons at city pools will be offered for FREE during summer 2022 and available to youth ages six months to 12. Registration for ALL FOUR SESSIONS OPENS on May 12, at 12 p.m. Swim lesson dates are staggered throughout the summer, as listed below:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Session A: June 6 to June 16, 2022</li><li>Session B: June 20 to June 30, 2022</li><li>Session C: July 5 to July 14, 2022</li><li>Session D: July 18 to July 28, 2022</li></ul><p>Due to the limited space available in each session and class, a registration waitlist will be maintained. The complete swim lesson schedule for 2022 and instructions about how to register is available on the <a href="/parks/pools/programs" target="_blank">Aquatics Programs webpage</a>.</p><p>Additionally, registration for swim lessons will begin at noon on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a select number of swim lessons will be provided at a discounted rate. <a href="/parks/pools/programs" target="_blank">Register online for swim lessons</a>.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Kool Kids Pool Locations</strong></span></p><p>The Kool Kids program is the result of a partnership between the Parks and Recreation Department and the Milwaukee Brewers to provide free swim admission for kids 17 and under at pools throughout the City of Phoenix. This year the Milwaukee Brewer's donated $56,243 to the program. </p><p>Kool Kids pools are as follows: <strong>Sunnyslope</strong>, <strong>Deer Valley, Maryvale, Harmon, Encanto, Perry, Starlight, Coronado, Roosevelt, Hermoso, and El Prado.</strong> </p><p>The Parks and Recreation Department offers the Jr. Lifeguard and Lifeguard Academy programs for kids who may be interested in becoming future lifeguards.   </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Junior Lifeguard Program</strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p>The Cigna Healthcare-sponsored free program teaches more than lifeguarding techniques, First Aid and CPR/AED training. This five-week program also teaches, leadership, responsibility, and teamwork to youth 14 to 15 years old. At the end of the program, participants will compete in a city-wide event.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Lifeguard Academy</strong></span></p><p>This Cigna Healthcare sponsored free program will train and certify participants in StarGuard lifeguard training, First Aid and CPR/AED. Prerequisites: All candidates must be 15 to 17 years old· All candidates must pass a pre-skills test consisting of 300-yard continuous swim, tread water for 60 seconds without using hands, retrieve a 10-pound brick from the deepest part of the pool, and an interview will be conducted and the candidates must be available to attend all lifeguard certification dates to be considered. </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pool Locations </strong></span></p><ul><li>Coronado Pool, 1717 N 12th Street </li><li>Cortez Pool, 3434 W Dunlap Ave</li><li>Deer Valley Pool, 19400 N. 19th Ave</li><li>El Prado Pool, 6428 S. 19th Ave</li><li>Encanto Pool, 2125 N. 15th Ave</li><li>Harmon Pool, 1425 S. 5th Ave</li><li>Hermoso Pool, 5749 S. 20th Street. </li><li>Maryvale Pool, 4444 N. 51st Ave</li><li>Paradise Valley Pool, 17648 N. 40th Street</li><li>Pecos Pool, 17010 S. 48th Street</li><li>Perry Pool, 3131 E. Windsor Ave. </li><li>Roosevelt Pool, 6246 S. 7th Street</li><li>Starlight Pool, 7810 W. Osborn Road</li><li>Sunnyslope Pool, 301 Dunlap Road</li></ul><p>Find more information about specific pool and office hours, call 602-534-6587 or email aquatics.pks@phoenix.gov.​<br></p><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Community Garden Oasis to be Built from $2 Million Republic Services Sponsorship https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2319Parks and Recreation4/21/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2319/Hance-Park-Render-for-Newsroom.jpgCommunity Garden Oasis to be Built from $2 Million Republic Services Sponsorship <div class="ExternalClassDE979990245B407492ACC905F5B867AE"><html> <p>Downtown Phoenix's Margaret T. Hance Park is receiving a major addition this summer thanks to a sponsorship from Republic Services, Inc. <br></p> <p>In celebration of Earth Week and Earth Day, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce a $2 million sponsorship from Republic Services, Inc. that will help fund a one-acre sustainable oasis featuring native desert plants and shaded walking and seating areas. </p> <p style="text-align:justify;">“At its core, Republic's vision is to partner with customers to create a more sustainable world, so we are proud to be working through our Charitable Foundation with the City of Phoenix on our largest neighborhood revitalization project yet," said Jon Vander Ark, president and CEO, Republic Services. “This $2 million commitment to improve our community and create stronger, cleaner and healthier spaces in the neighborhoods in which we live and work is an example of how our 35,000 team members put sustainability in action."<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>The garden oasis will feature 33 native desert plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the Phoenix heat and requires low water usage. </p> <p style="text-align:justify;">“We are excited to continue our partnership with Republic Services, one of Phoenix's largest public companies, to bring about change and revitalization to Phoenix's most iconic park. Green, open gathering spaces make our downtown environment more livable, and a revitalized Hance Park is a necessity for the growing downtown community," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to our continued work with the Republic Services team to make a difference in the lives of our Phoenix neighbors in providing a revitalized urban space that all can enjoy."<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country, and consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing large cities. The 32-acre Hance Park is in the middle of important cultural, arts, educational and community institutions, and serves as a unique intersection between several neighborhoods in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The $2 million sponsorship is one of the largest contributions ever made to the first phase of the $45 million Hance Park revitalization efforts. <a href="/parks/hancerevitalization" target="_blank">More information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project can be found online.</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;text-align:left;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:justify;">“As downtown Phoenix continues to grow exponentially, it is more important than ever that we preserve and nourish the outdoor gathering spaces like Hance Park," District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “I am thrilled to see Republic Services' commitment to sustainability in the park with the oasis of native desert plants and a recycled canopy for shade. Building sustainable communities that serve future generations is a top priority for me, and I am excited for the many people that will get to enjoy this enhanced natural attraction in District 7!"<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Construction has already begun on the one-acre Republic Services Garden that will live just east of the playground and splash pad areas. The project is expected to be completed in time for Phoenix's hosting of Super Bowl LVII in February 2023. </p> <p> <a href="https://media.republicservices.com/2022-04-21-Republic-Services-Unveils-2-Million-Sponsorship-to-Fund-New-Sustainable-Garden-in-Phoenixs-Hance-Park" target="_blank">Read the announcement from Republic Services, Inc. here. ​</a> <br> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

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