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One-of-a-Kind Community Garden in Downtown Phoenix Unveiled in Advance of Super Bowl LVII https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2645Parks and Recreation2/1/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2645/Republic-Services-Sustainable-Garden.jpgOne-of-a-Kind Community Garden in Downtown Phoenix Unveiled in Advance of Super Bowl LVII <div class="ExternalClass52D76523A7074B3586179DF3EECFC675"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​​​City of Phoenix officials, Republic Services and community leaders celebrated the unveiling of the Republic Services Garden at Margaret T. Hance Park Wednesday in downtown Phoenix.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During a ribbon-cutting event, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Republic Services President and CEO Jon Vander Ark and community partners including Phoenix Community Alliance and the Hance Park Conservancy revealed the one-of-a-kind sustainable garden at Margaret T. Hance Park.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“As Phoenix welcomes thousands of visitors to Hance Park for Super Bowl LVII in just a few days, this Republic Services Garden will be a must-see experience,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Public parks and open spaces are essential to healthy communities, and this sustainable garden is an investment that will pay dividends for those visiting and living in our downtown Phoenix community.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"I'm thrilled to finally showcase what a sustainable desert garden oasis can look like at Margaret T. Hance Park. Green spaces not only become a symbol of connected, active communities, but demonstrate the City's dedication to making Hance a world-class city destination," Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari said. " This one-acre addition to this downtown gem is sure to wow Super Bowl visitors and will greatly serve residents and families across our city for years to come." </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Fans of Super Bowl LVII, visitors and Phoenix residents will be able to enjoy the  garden, the latest component of the Hance Park Revitalization Project. The garden is sure to be an attraction to residents, visitors and anyone attending the Super Bowl Experience Presented by Lowe’s at Hance Park. Republic Services is the official Environmental Services Sponsor of the Experience.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In spring of 2022, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Phoenix-based  Republic Services and Phoenix Community Alliance to announce the construction of the sustainable garden. The Republic Services Charitable Foundation’s $2 million sponsorship helped build the one-acre sustainable oasis featuring native desert plants and shaded walking and seating areas.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“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 on our largest neighborhood revitalization project yet, right here in our hometown of Phoenix,” said Jon Vander Ark, Republic Services president and CEO. “This one-of-a-kind sustainable garden represents our commitment to creating cleaner, healthier and stronger spaces in the neighborhoods where our team members and customers live and work.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">When fully complete, the Republic Services Garden at Margaret T. Hance Park will feature 33 native desert plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the Phoenix heat and their low water requirements. The diverse selection of plants will provide a habitat for pollinators such as butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The area includes a recycled steel canopy to shade walking paths, seating areas and swings, and energy efficient LED lighting is included for nighttime use.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Phoenix Parks are essential to a healthy urban environment and this garden will serve as a gathering place where residents and visitors can explore and enjoy nature,” Parks and Recreation Board Chair Kelly Dalton said. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div style="text-decoration:underline;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong style="">About the Hance Park Revitalization Project  </strong> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The <a target="_blank" href="/parks/hancerevitalization">Margaret T. Hance Park Revitalization Project</a> is a public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, consisting of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy.   </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Funding for the Hance Park Revitalization Project, estimated at $100 million, will come from public and private sources. City of Phoenix has dedicated $15 million of voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI) funds toward the project. A fundraising campaign is being led by the Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy to generate private funding.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">  </span> </div> <div style="text-decoration:underline;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>About Republic Services, Inc. </strong> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.republicservices.com/">Republic Services, Inc.</a> is a leader in the environmental services industry. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides customers with the most complete set of products and services, including recycling, solid waste, special waste, hazardous waste, container rental and field services. Republic's industry-leading commitments to advance circularity, reduce emissions and decarbonize operations are helping deliver on its vision to partner with customers to create a more sustainable world. </span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Phoenix to Reopen West Plaza Park Featuring New Amenitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2638Parks and Recreation1/25/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2638/IMG_1516.jpgPhoenix to Reopen West Plaza Park Featuring New Amenities<div class="ExternalClass40D70FE67E934744835950D332C89036"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix City Councilwoman Betty Guardado have partnered to reopen West Plaza Park featuring a wide range of new and improved amenities.</span></p> <p>“Offering Phoenix residents an environment where they can make memories, enjoy nature, spend time with their families and meet their fitness goals is exactly what this park was designed to do," said Phoenix City Councilwoman Betty Guardado. “This is a space that has amenities to fit the needs of all age ranges." </p> <p>West Plaza Park offers a brand-new butterfly garden, outdoor sport stations, a fitness equipment plaza, a large ramada complex, four small ramadas with ADA-compliant seating, benches and much more. </p> <p>The new garden is shaped like the pattern featured on Monarch butterfly wings and has several plants including Desert Milkweed, Pink Fairy Duster, Trailing Indigo Bush and Mexican Evening Primrose to attract common butterflies found in Phoenix.</p> <p>Phoenix residents are also able to enjoy various outdoor fitness activities including basketball, sand volleyball, cornhole, and a ping pong table. The fitness equipment plaza features a stationary bike, leg and arm extension, a chest and vertical press and abdominal bench.</p> <p>“I am truly proud of this park and everyone who helped make this project a reality. Thank you to Councilwoman Guardado and the Parks and Recreation team for making these amenities possible," says City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. </p> <p>The City is welcoming local media to the ribbon cutting event to help spread the word to Phoenix residents that West Plaza Park is now open.  <br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
City of Phoenix Offers $3,000 Incentive to 2023 Certified Aquatics Staff https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2588Parks and Recreation12/7/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2588/Swim-Lesson-Lifeguard-for-Newsroom.jpgCity of Phoenix Offers $3,000 Incentive to 2023 Certified Aquatics Staff <div class="ExternalClass0AC1239A158B487C81AEAFC284BBFFCD"><html> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering </span><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">$3,000</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> in incentive pay for certified lifeguards. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department needs to hire </span><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">pool managers, assistant managers and hundreds of lifeguards</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> ahead of the 2023 pool season to safely open as many of the city's 29 public pools as possible.<br></span><br> <p>Eligible certified managers, assistant managers and lifeguards will receive $500 on the first paycheck, and the remaining $2,500 as a one-time payment at the end of the 2023 pool season. </p> <p>To receive the pay, a person must become certified as a lifeguard, work the entire summer through Labor Day weekend and finish in good standing. </p> <p>Also, for the first time, the department is offering a new 'Shallow Water Lifeguard' position. Shallow-water lifeguards will guard four feet of water and under. </p> <p> <em>“For the second season in a row, the City of Phoenix is making a direct investment into the safety of our residents, especially when it comes to children and water safety," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Not only do lifeguards watch over our residents while swimming, but they also provide affordable swim lessons throughout the summer."</em> </p> <p> <em>“To ensure we deliver the best service to our residents, Phoenix we must continue to raise wages and benefits for our essential employees," said District 5 Councilwoman and Community & Cultural Investment Subcommittee Chair Betty Guardado. “Our committee will continue to support the important efforts by our Parks and Recreation Department to address the shortages in our lifeguard and pool staffing levels."</em> </p> <p>The $3,000 incentive pay reimburses individuals for the cost and time spent obtaining the lifeguard certification and, <strong>when combined with the base hourly rate of per position, increases the rate of the follow positions to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Pool Managers: $20.91/hour + $3,000 incentive =  <strong>$30/hour*</strong></li> <li>Assistant Pool Managers: $18.28/hour + $3,000 incentive = <strong>$27.65/hour*</strong></li> <li>Swim Lesson Instructor: $16.51/hour + $3,000 incentive =  <strong>$25.88/hour*</strong></li> <li>Lifeguards: $15.72/hour + $3,000 incentive =  <strong>$25.09/hour*</strong></li> <li>Shallow Water Lifeguard: $14.97/hour + $3,000 incentive = <strong>$24.34/hour*</strong></li> </ul> <p>The department is also offering a $250 employee referral payment. </p> <p>Get certified now so you are ready to interview in March! Certification classes have already begun and are available for registration at multiple locations through March. Lifeguards must complete the necessary training during the scheduled class times.</p> <p>Benefits of being a lifeguard: </p> <ol> <li>$3,000 incentive pay</li> <li>$15.72 an hour base pay</li> <li>Learn lifesaving skills</li> <li>Work in your neighborhood</li> <li>Keep your community safe and be a role model for kids</li> <li>Looks great on a college application or resume, demonstrates teamwork, responsibility, and leadership skills</li> <li>Meet other dedicated people</li> <li>Flexible summer shifts, ideal for students</li> <li>Have fun!</li> </ol> <p><a href="/parks/pools" target="_blank">StarGuard Training​</a> for lifeguard certification is required to become a lifeguard with the City of Phoenix. Those interested in becoming a lifeguard should register for a certification class right away. Applicants must be at least 15-years-old.   </p> <p> <em>*The estimated hourly wage is based on the $3,000 incentive divided by 360, the number of hours worked in a typical swim season and added to each position's hourly base rate of pay.​</em></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Pueblo Grande Museum Celebrates Its 45th Annual Indian Markethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2586Parks and Recreation12/6/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2586/Anselm_Davis_Artist_B_David_Cathell_Photographer (1).jpgPueblo Grande Museum Celebrates Its 45th Annual Indian Market<div class="ExternalClass3E3317B5CD744178934B9BE7A599EEFE"><html> <p></p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;text-align:center;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" align="center"> <em>— Dwayne Manuel (Onk Akimel O’odham) is 2022 Featured Artist — </em> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;text-align:center;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" align="center"> <em> <br> </em> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">The Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum presents its 45th Annual Indian Market at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, </span> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(38, 40, 42) !important;" data-ogsc="rgb(38, 40, 42)">from 9 a.m.-4 p.m</span> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">. This annual event will include an art showcase with over 100 local and regional artists, contemporary and traditional performances, cultural demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids.</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" aria-hidden="true"> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">This year’s featured artist is Dwayne Manuel (Onk Akimel O’odham) from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. In 2010, Manuel received his Bachelor’s degree of Fine Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his Masters of Fine Art from the University of Arizona School of Art in 2014. Manuel is known for his use of aerosol aesthetics in his art and installation pieces. He blends his use of this contemporary medium with imagery that honors his O’odham heritage and culture.</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" aria-hidden="true"> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">Manuel has exhibited his work at many galleries and museums around the country and has completed commissioned art for Nike, Salt River Courts, Children’s Museum Tucson, The New Arizona Prize, and The Cheyenne River Youth Project.</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" aria-hidden="true"> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;">The annual two-day event draws nearly 2,500 art supporters and enthusiasts who come to shop their favorite collections, peruse from vendors, and watch traditional and contemporary performances and cultural demonstrations. <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">In addition to Native American art vendors, the Indian Market will feature a main stage with entertainment provided by five-time world hoop dancing champion Tony Duncan, traditional Akimel O’odham basket dancers, and musical performances from bands Artificial Red (Randy Kemp) and One Way Sky from the Gila River Indian Community. Tribal Royalty will also be in attendance and the Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 will post and retire colors on each day of the festival.  </span></p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" aria-hidden="true"> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">The event is family friendly featuring the Ki:Him (O’odham word for village) where visitors can engage in many hands-on activities. Some of these activities are especially suited to children of all ages. These activities include learning how to use an authentic bow and arrow; an atlatl to throw spears; creating a clay pot; making a beaded bracelet; incising a petroglyph, making paper masks; painting miniature gourds; learning how to hoop dance and more. Visitors will also be able to watch traditional Hopi piki bread being made and taste it when it’s finished. Guests will also be able to taste cooked tepary beans and juices made from native fruits.</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" aria-hidden="true"> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;">Each day the market will be open from 9 a.m. to 4​​ p.m. It is free to Indigenous people, active and retired military personnel, Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum members, children ages twelve and younger, and both police and fire personnel.</p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(38, 40, 42) !important;" data-ogsc="rgb(38, 40, 42)"> </span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(38, 40, 42) !important;" data-ogsc="rgb(38, 40, 42)">The Pueblo Grande Museum would like to thank Casino Arizona, Arizona Humanities, and Arizona Commission on the Arts. Each year, this event brings together people who are passionate about Native American Arts, Crafts and Culture, historic preservation and archaeology.  </span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black"> </span> </span> </strong> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <strong> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">Event Details</span> </span> </strong> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;" aria-hidden="true"> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;text-indent:36pt;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <strong>What: </strong> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">45th Annual Indian Market</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 72pt;"> <strong>Where: </strong> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington Street</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 72pt;"> <strong>When: </strong> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">Saturday, Dec. 10 - Sunday, Dec. 11</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 72pt;"> <strong>Time:</strong> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black"> 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 72pt;"> <strong>Cost: </strong> <span style="border:0px;font:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" data-ogsc="black">$5 (Entrance to museum included), free for Indigenous people, active and retired military personnel, Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum members, children ages twelve and younger, and police and fire service personnel.</span> </p> <p style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 0px 36pt;"> <span style="border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:12pt;line-height:inherit;font-family:arial, sans-serif;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:inherit;"> </span> </p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Need to Know: APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2125Parks and Recreation11/28/2022 4:05:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2125/Newsroom_ELP _2021.pngNeed to Know: APS Electric Light Parade<div class="ExternalClass4CDD4D3FCAD04E36B19CCE7B2C63790C"><html> <p>​​The lights and sounds of the APS Electric Light Parade are returning this holiday season! APS and the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to join us for a night of community and celebration. Entrants will interpret the theme of “Light Up the Night," and are sure to light up the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 3, with their visually stunning displays!<br></p> <p> The <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1i-DBP7605LHx4_Z5j42aO7q38jdTqLUT&ll=33.50742408820838%2c-112.07002815000001&z=14" target="_blank">2.3 mi. parade route​</a> starts at Central Ave. and Montebello Ave., travels south to Central Ave. and Camelback Rd., heads east along Camelback Rd. to 7th St., and continues south along 7th St. to its conclusion at Indian School Rd. The first parade entries will begin at 7 p.m. and take approximately 60 minutes to reach the end. It is strongly recommended that attendees arrive several hours in advance of the start of the parade. </p> <p><strong>​Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:</strong><br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Consider taking <a target="_blank" href="http://www.valleymetro.org/">Valley Metro Light Rail</a> to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Ave., just south of Camelback Rd.</p> </li> <li> <p>The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.abc15.com/weather">weather forecast</a> and dress accordingly.</p> </li> <li> <p>Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.</p> </li> <li> <p>Crowds for this event have grown large in recent years and viewing spots along the parade route are first-come, first-served. Spectators often start arriving hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.</p> </li> <li> <p>Parking is available on city streets around the parade route and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.</p> </li> <li> <p>Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.</p> </li> <li> <p>Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</p> </li> <li> <p>Road closures and restrictions affect all parade areas hours before the event; come early and expect delays.</p> </li> <li> <p>Check out the parade route at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix Parks and Recreation - APS Electric Light Parade</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p> <strong>Parade Broadcast Schedule:</strong><br></p> <ul> <li> <p>ABC15 will broadcast the parade Sunday, December 11th <br></p> </li> <li> <p>PHXTV will air the parade throughout the month of December.</p> </li> <li> <p>The parade will be available for view on the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">APS Electric Light Parade website</a>.</p></li></ul><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
City of Phoenix Makes Major Upgrades to Two Parkshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2574Parks and Recreation11/21/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2574/Kachina Park.jpgCity of Phoenix Makes Major Upgrades to Two Parks<div class="ExternalClass7770EEEAF7D34E7F94BEC0C9A0B2289E"><html> <p>​This past week, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the official completion of major upgrades to two local parks. <br></p> <p>Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at both Kachina (4304 W. Campbell Ave.) and John W. Teets (4380 E. Radmuda Drive) parks to unveil the latest additions and improvements. </p> <p>On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Kachina Park's newest playground structures were celebrated. The playground received two new ADA accessible play structures that include more play features for kids ages three to 12, as well as new swings. </p> <p>And on Saturday, Nov. 19, the ribbon cutting at John W. Teets celebrated many new amenities to the park and playground. New playground structures were installed complete with fun musical attractions for kids of all ages. The park received new ramadas, exercise equipment, lighting, trees and new walking paths perfect for people and families to enjoy! </p> <p>Learn more about the latest parks and recreation news at in the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom">PHX Newsroom​</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
City of Phoenix Announces Electric Light Parade Grand Marshalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2566Parks and Recreation11/16/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2566/Spike for Newsroom.pngCity of Phoenix Announces Electric Light Parade Grand Marshal<div class="ExternalClass49B4A9505C31425BB526EB35CBAC6B94"><html> <p>​​The lights and sounds of the APS Electric Light Parade are returning this holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 3. The City of Phoenix is excited to announce Super Bowl LVII official mascot Spike as Grand Marshal for the 35th annual parade.<br></p> <p>Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to join us for a night of community and celebration. Parade entrants will interpret the theme of “Light Up the Night," and are sure to light up the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 3, with their visually stunning displays! </p> <p>“The Electric Light Parade is a unique Phoenix tradition that brings families and neighbors from all backgrounds together to celebrate the holidays," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>“The parade is the largest annual event hosted by our department and our staff works around the clock to make sure residents have the best experience possible," Director of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Cynthia Aguilar said. “We hope you join us for a community event that is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season."</p> <p>“The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is thrilled to be part of the APS Electric Light Parade, a staple event for the community, where our mascot Spike is the Grand Marshal," said Jay Parry, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “The excitement for the parade is a perfect display of energy Arizonans bring to events and why the Valley is the ideal host for Super Bowl LVII in February."</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1i-DBP7605LHx4_Z5j42aO7q38jdTqLUT&ll=33.50742408820838%2c-112.07002815000001&z=14">2.3 mi. parade route </a> starts at Central Avenue and Montebello Avenue, travels south to Central Avenue. and Camelback Road, heads east along Camelback Road to 7th Street, and continues south along 7th Street to its conclusion at Indian School Road The first parade entries will begin at 7 p.m. and take approximately 60 minutes to reach the end. It is strongly recommended that attendees arrive several hours in advance of the start of the parade.</p> <p> <strong>Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:</strong> </p> <p>· Consider taking <a target="_blank" href="http://www.valleymetro.org/">Valley Metro Light Rail</a> to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Avenue, just south of Camelback Road.</p> <p>· The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.abc15.com/weather">weather forecast</a> and dress accordingly.</p> <p>· ​Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.</p> <p>·  Crowds for this event have grown large in recent years and viewing spots along the parade route are first-come, first-served. Spectators often start arriving hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.</p> <p>·  Public on-street parking is available around the parade route on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.</p> <p>· Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.</p> <p>· Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</p> <p>· Road closures and restrictions affect all parade areas hours before the event; come early and expect delays.</p> <p>·Check out the parade route at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix Parks and Recreation - APS Electric Light Parade</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
New Phoenix Playground Focuses on Child Developmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2543Parks and Recreation10/28/2022 7:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2543/thumbnail_IMG_2329 (1).jpgNew Phoenix Playground Focuses on Child Development<div class="ExternalClassDE8D7C398AF44F56B7FA80DD985E73FE"><html> <p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:10pt;">​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">WHAT:</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> Westown Playground Ribbon Cutting</span></span></p> <p> <strong>WHEN:</strong> Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m.<br></p> <p> <strong>WHERE:</strong> 12635 N 33rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029</p> <p> <strong>WHO:</strong> Phoenix City Councilwoman Ann O'Brien, Parks and Recreation spokesperson</p> <p>The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix City Councilwoman Ann O'Brien have partnered to build a brand-new playground at Westown Park featuring a fun space with childhood development benefits. </p> <p>“It's a beautiful playground with a lime green color scheme, two play structures and two independent play spaces for kids of various age ranges," says District 1 Councilwoman Ann O'Brien. “I appreciate everyone who worked to make this beautiful playground a reality for Phoenix families to enjoy."</p> <p>The large play structure is designed for kids ages 5-12 featuring integrated shade as well as 20 activities including nets, slides, and climbers. These activities improve balance and flexibility, strategic thinking and promote physical development. </p> <p>The small structure, created for children ages 2-3 offers 14 activities to help them develop hand-eye coordination, tactile, visual and auditory sensory skills, as well as social and emotional skills. It has a variety of puzzles, a magnet stack, ladder rail disks, and more. </p> <p>The two independent play spaces offer spinning motions for one or more kids. These structures promote core body strength, coordination, and providing children with better depth perception and balance.  </p> <p>“The new playground is much more than an entertaining space for Phoenix youth. It is space where children can develop a range of physical, mental and social benefits. We are thankful for the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative Program funding to help provide them with a new play area," says City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. </p> <p>The City is welcoming local media to the ribbon cutting event to help spread the word to Phoenix residents that the Westown Park Playground is open and ready for use! ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

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