Papago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2507Parks and Recreation9/30/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2507/Papago-Park-ADA-Accessible-Fishing-Dock.jpgPapago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshers<div class="ExternalClass9D567A4C559F4A76B16AC7158AA83F1E"><html> <p>​To increase fishing access for everyone at Papago Park, the Parks and Recreation Department is unveiled an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved covered fishing dock on Thursday, September 29, 2022.<br></p> <p>Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the Parks and Recreation Department worked with The Mission Continues, a 9/11 veteran's group, to help build the dock, that will ensure everyone, regardless of ability, is able to fish and enjoy the outdoors. </p> <p>“Fishing is a great pastime that any person, of any ability, should have access to," Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “I am proud to have worked with our City and other partners to expand accessibility in meaningful ways for our residents, and I encourage you to come check out the new dock!" </p> <p>“This unique dock will help ensure people of all abilities can enjoy all that Papago Park has to offer," Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar said. “It is a small step toward our goal to provide all residents with access to recreation amenities."</p> <p>To make accessibility even easier, the location for the fishing dock is on the largest pond adjacent to the main parking area which includes multiple ADA parking spaces.  <br></p><p>The fishing dock is located at 625 N. Galvin Parkway next to the main entrance of Phoenix Zoo. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail Set to Reopen September 30https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2476Parks and Recreation9/12/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2476/Cholla Trail.jpgCamelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail Set to Reopen September 30<div class="ExternalClass893B3F44819744B1A23C8D593B147526"><html> <p></p> <p>Popular Phoenix hiking trail Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain will reopen to the public on Sept<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span> 30, 2022. The trail has been closed due to construction and a trailhead realignment<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">,</span> that moves the trailhead from Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road. The new trailhead will now offer hikers amenities such as a drinking fountain, restrooms and bike racks.  </p> <p>Since the closure of Cholla Trail in 2020, Park Rangers, Park Stewards and a trail contractor have completed hundreds of hours of trail work to improve the upper reaches of the trail. This work included the removal of unstable boulders, significant improvements to the trail tread and the addition of trail posts and wayfinding efforts – important safety improvements for the trail.</p> <p>“Knowing the public interest and popularity, I'm excited for the reopening of Cholla Trail as a safer trail experience for hikers and nearby residents," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “This project is a win-win for residents and hikers alike. Yet, it is important to remember that - even with these wonderful new amenities - it is still very important to hike safely by taking the necessary precautions to avoid heat illness and hiking injuries." </p> <p>“Our Cholla Trail is now ready to open. After an extensive public and development process we are now open as one of the best local trails in Arizona, if not in the United States. I want to personally thank local residents and hikers for their patience in the construction of Cholla Trail," Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “The new trail will reduce foot traffic on Cholla Lane, as well as provide new amenities to hikers with a drinking fountain and bathroom."</p> <p>Completing the Cholla Trail Realignment Project was a joint effort between the Parks and Recreation Department, Street Transportation Department, Phoenix Fire Department and the Town of Paradise Valley. All parties played a crucial role in making this project safe and accessible for first responders, hikers and surrounding residents. </p> <p> <strong>What to Expect </strong> </p> <p>Beginning Sept. 30, the trailhead will open at sunrise and close at sunset. Drinking water will be available but due to nearby residential construction, there will be no chilled water or restroom lights until power can be provided<span style="text-decoration:underline;">,</span> which is expected to occur by late 2022. </p> <p> <strong>Parking</strong> </p> <p>Parking for Cholla Trail will continue to be along Invergordon Road which now includes dedicated spaces for rideshare services to pick-up and drop-off hikers. </p> <p>Additionally, in preparation for the opening of Cholla Trail, the Phoenix Fire Department will be doing some staging as part of training exercises along Invergordon Road in the coming weeks.  </p> <p> <strong>Take a Hike, Do it Right</strong> </p> <p>More than 200 hikers are rescued annually from City of Phoenix desert and mountain parks and preserves. This simple checklist can help keep you from becoming a statistic. Before you hike, follow the Take a Hike, Do it Right guidelines to ensure a safe hike. Learn more at Phoenix.gov/parks/trails/<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Phoenix Lifeguards Help Save Man's Life After Car Accidenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2413Parks and Recreation7/12/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2413/Lifeguards-for-Newsroom.jpghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxVSa-JXwvcPhoenix Lifeguards Help Save Man's Life After Car Accident<div class="ExternalClass2B81D68052414B5DA3875396A09D137C"><html> <p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:14.6667px;">​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">N</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">ine City of Phoenix lifeguards jumped into action after witnessing a single car crash while working at a City pool. On Tuesday morning, the Phoenix Fire Department presented the nine lifeguards who responded with a life-saving award for their efforts.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">On June 27, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. a man experienced a cardiac event while driving and crashed his car into a pole and wall near Deer Valley Pool in north Phoenix. After witnessing and hearing the accident, nine City of Phoenix lifeguards responded to the crash, and performed CPR on the driver before Phoenix Fire personnel arrived and were able to get a pulse on him. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Pool staff initiated their Emergency Action Plan which includes clearing the pool of all swimmers before rushing across the street, many barefoot, and assisting the driver. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“We saw one bystander banging on his window, and that's when we realized he was unconscious," said Phoenix Lifeguard Hailey Jay. “As soon as [two bystanders] got him out of the car we directed them to move him away from the car because we could smell gas.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“They laid him down and we immediately checked pulse and breathing. We found neither."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Those nine Phoenix Lifeguards performed CPR, used an AED to shock the patient, putting pressure on the victim's wounds. Those lifeguards provided the care they were trained to give through the lifeguard certification process.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“We were trained and prepared for this entire situation," said Phoenix Lifeguard Annika Olsen. “We knew start to finish exactly what we were supposed to do. We also knew, in the end, when we were supposed to step away because we were trained in that too."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Two days after the crash, a staff member at the hospital where the victim was taken told pool staff that the victim was alive and breathing on his own. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“I'm so proud of these young adults for sticking to their training and saving this man's life," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Our lifeguards are some of the best in the nation, and their quick thinking and life-saving acts shows how vital lifeguards are as first responders in keeping our residents safe."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“This is just a true testament to their training," said Phoenix Fire Captain Todd Keller. “Early CPR doubles, almost triples, the survival rate of that victim."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">On Tuesday morning, the Phoenix Fire Department presented the nine lifeguards who responded with a life-saving award. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“They're very competent, well-trained individuals and they intervened," said Phoenix Firefighter, and former lifeguard, Troy Campbell. Campbell was one the firefighters from Station 41 who responded to the crash. Campbell told the young lifeguards, “you guys are my heroes."<br style=""></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksVideoparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park Selected as Super Bowl LVII Outdoor Festival Week Locationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2400Parks and Recreation6/29/2022 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2400/Margaret-T-Hance-Park-Sign-with-Crowd.jpgPhoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park Selected as Super Bowl LVII Outdoor Festival Week Location<div class="ExternalClass68162FD1BD554074B53DA1C81A4443CC"><p> ​​T​he Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has selected Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix as the host site for an unforgettable fan experience the week leading up to Super Bowl LVII. The City of Phoenix is thrilled to welcome the NFL and its fans to the heart of downtown Phoenix. <br> <br> Free to the public, this multi-day outdoor festival will include an immersive fan experience with live music, entertainment, local cuisine, and multicultural celebrations.  <br> <br> “Downtown Phoenix has changed a lot since the last big game. We look forward to visitors experiencing the growth of business, restaurants, arts, entertainment, and our massively improved transportation," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This festival builds on the fan experience which will showcase our city to thousands of people. They'll discover why we are the fastest growing big city in America." <br> <br> “Our newly upgraded Margaret T. Hance Park will be the perfect green pocket of our downtown core to kick off 2023 Super Bowl festivities," District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “Thousands of families and visitors will get to enjoy a state-of-the-art playground and desert oasis, all while getting a taste of our delicious local cuisine, diverse cultures and community."<br><br> “We are eager to welcome the diverse crowd of football fans to one of the City's most eye-catching parks while showcasing the best in entertainment and culture Phoenix has to offer," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. “Phoenix Parks is ready to help provide an unforgettable fan experience."  <br> <br> Margaret T. Hance Park is a one-of-a-kind park that is inclusive to all Phoenix residents. Through a public-private partnership, the 32-acre park has experienced a multiphase renovation and revitalization. Visitors will be able to experience the new <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1663" target="_blank">Fiesta Bowl PLAY</a> at Hance Park, a 20,000 square-foot playground that features a climbing wall, a separate net climbing structure, a water mist play feature and a sand play area positioned under a shade canopy. Its other unique amenities include three animal-themed play structures – a Kit Fox, Black-Tailed Jackrabbit and Great-Horned Owl. <br> <br> In January 2023, the City of Phoenix will be opening a garden oasis at Hance Park. Earlier this year, the City <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2319" target="_blank">announced a partnership</a> with Republic Services to bring 33 native desert plants, 60 trees as well as 4,000 visually striking ground covers, vines, grasses, perennials, succulents, and shrubs. <br> <br> Learn more about the Hance Park and the Hance Park Revitalization Project at <a href="https://phoenix.gov/Parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.</p>​</div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
July 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1972Parks and Recreation6/27/2022 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1972/smp gate house.jpgJuly 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheads<div class="ExternalClassCD038A15350B4DB5A413B1493F30C9C4"><html> <p>​​To reduce​ fire danger, the <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> will restrict parking access to trailheads located in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves on July 4 starting at 3 p.m. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">The annual ban of open fires in those areas that started on May 1 remains in effect</a>. All trails will remain open. Trailheads will reopen at the regularly-scheduled time on July 5.</p> <p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers will close entrance gates at 3 p.m. to Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve. Additionally, the upper lookouts in South Mountain Park/Preserve will be emptied and closed at 1 p.m.</p> <p>The following list of regulations will apply on July 4 in those areas:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Fireworks are prohibited</li><li>Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited (part of annual fire ban already in effect)</li><li>Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</li><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles is prohibited (part of annual fire ban already in effect)</li><li>Alcoholic beverages prohibited</li><li>Glass beverage containers prohibited<br></li></ul> <p>As the temperature increases and humidity drops this time of year, those utilizing the city's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extra caution. Heat-related illness is common from May to October, and generally occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or overexerted their body based on physical condition or age.</p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department remind trail users to <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">“Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking safety guidelines:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li><strong>Watch the Weather:</strong> Yes, “it's a dry heat" - but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade.</li><li><strong>Dress Appropriately:</strong> Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.</li><li><strong>Bring Water:</strong> Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</li><li><strong>Keep in Contact:</strong> Carry a mobile phone.</li><li><strong>Team Up:</strong> Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</li><li><strong>Be Honest:</strong> Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</li><li><strong>Don't Trailblaze​:</strong> Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</li><li><strong>Take Responsibility:</strong> Don't be “that person" - the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!</li></ul> <p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/pet-safety-tips/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>.</p> <p>Detailed information about Phoenix's more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves, and 200-plus miles of trails, is available at <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.</p> <p>Additional information about how residents can have fun this summer and keep their family and friends safe is available at <a href="/pio/summer" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Summer</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Fabulous Phoenix 4th, Other Popular Fireworks Events Canceled for 2022 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2381Parks and Recreation6/10/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2381/Fireworks Fab Phoenix 4th.pngFabulous Phoenix 4th, Other Popular Fireworks Events Canceled for 2022 <div class="ExternalClassDFBD168E82F748029168FEF33F614C66"><html>​​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department regrets to announce that its three premiere fireworks events have been canceled for 2022.<br><br>Fabulous Phoenix Fourth, Light Up the Sky at the American Family Fields and After Dark in the Park will all be canceled this year due to supply chain issues affecting access to fireworks. <br><br>As a department, we understand how important these events are to the Phoenix community, and we are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate with you this year.  <br><br>“Unfortunately, much like many other municipalities, Phoenix has been affected by the ongoing supply chain issues. The City's contractor was unable to secure fireworks for the events," said Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Marty Whitfield. “We apologize to our community for the inconvenience."<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
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="ExternalClass01803E469894410C9A90DF91A4ACF8F8"><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>Swim lessons at city pools will be 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/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
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/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec



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