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Renovation of Indian School Visitor Center Recognized by Arizona ForwardRenovation of Indian School Visitor Center Recognized by Arizona Forward<div class="ExternalClass25B873A8381C489787E13AFBAD2D67A2"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's renovation of the <a href="https://phxindcenter.org/phoenix-indian-school-visitor-center/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center</span></a> in Steele Indian School Park was honored with a Crescordia Award in the category of Buildings and Structures - Historic Preservation at the 39th annual <a href="https://www.arizonaforward.org/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Arizona Forward</span></a> Environmental Excellence Awards Gala on Saturday, Sept. 21. </p><p>The 6,000-square-foot building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was used for music and band instruction at the Phoenix Indian School, which operated from 1891 to 1990 on the property where Steele Indian School Park is now located. The building reopened in October 2017 following a $1.5 million renovation project made possible through a partnership between the city of Phoenix, Native American Connections and Phoenix Indian Center. Native American Connections operates the facility, which features exhibits that share the school's important history. The center also offers space for meetings and community special events.</p><p>This is the third-straight year the department received a Crescordia Award, with its development of the South Mountain Park/Preserve Trails Master Plan being honored in 2018 and construction of Desert Hills Trailhead in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve being recognized in 2017.</p><p>Since its inception in 1969 as Valley Forward and its statewide expansion 44 years later, Arizona Forward has mobilized the state's business leaders and policy makers to leverage their collective power to influence how to best grow communities, stimulate the economy and enhance the environment.</p></div>9/23/2019 11:00:00 PMParks and Recreation Department602-262-6862