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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
Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858Parks and Recreation4/13/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1858/phoenix mountains preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass8441814C82DD4738ACCDCA11A21F8B92"><html> <p>​​T​​he <a target="_blank" href="/parks/">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Sunday, May 1. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/maricopa-countys-regional-parks-set-may-1-as-annual-fire-ban-start-date/">annual fire ban goes into effect the same day​</a>.</p> <p>In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p> <p>The ban applies 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.</p> <p>The ban does not apply to the city's flatland parks.</p> <p>For those using the city's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li><p>Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited<br></p></li><li><p> Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p></li><li><p> Smoking outside enclosed vehicles is prohibited year-round</p></li><li><p> Fireworks are prohibited year-round</p></li></ul> <p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p> <p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the city's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p> <p>Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.</p> <p>For general information regarding removing vegetation, residents can contact a Phoenix Park Ranger at 602-495-5458 or <a target="_blank" href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov.">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov </a>.</p> <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.<br></p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department remind trail users to <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails">View a hiking safety checklist and guidelines</a>.</p> <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 target="_blank" href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>.</p> <p>Detailed information about Phoenix's 41,000-plus acres of desert parks and mountain preserves, and 200-plus miles of trails, is available at <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. ​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Join the Hunt with these Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunts!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2307Parks and Recreation4/11/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2307/Easter-Egg-Hunt-for-Newsroom.jpgJoin the Hunt with these Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunts!<div class="ExternalClass124123347B194522AE7CD8255A9FBA28"><html>​Spring is in the air and egg hunt season is here! Various Phoenix parks are hosting egg hunt events featuring food and activities the entire family can enjoy. Make sure to register for the event and bring your basket to collect eggs and win prizes. <br><br>Do you plan on attending an upcoming event at the park? Help us keep Phoenix Parks beautiful by throwing trash in trash and recycle bins as well as avoiding tobacco use. Glass bottles are also prohibited at our Phoenix Parks. Learn more about our park policies on our <a target="_blank" href="/parks/code-of-conduct">Code of Conduct page. </a><br><br>Find a spring egg hunt event near you. Make sure to register and reserve your spot in advance. <br><br><br><strong>Egg Hunt at Verde Park – Kids ages 18 months to 6 years</strong> <br><br>When: Thursday, April 14 from 5-7 p.m.<br><br>Where: Verde Park, 916 E Van Buren Street<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/36VxMmJ">Register online​</a> <br><br><strong>Fun Friday – Egg-cellent Hunt –Kids up to age 6</strong><br><br>When: Friday, April 15 from 10-11 a.m. <br><br>Where: Pecos Park, 17010 S 48th Street<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/38AYAsQ">Register online<br></a><br><strong>Desert West Egg Hunt – Kids ages 18 months to 6 years</strong> <br><br>When: Friday, April 15 from 10-11:30 a.m.<br><br>Where: Desert West Community Center, 6501 W Virginia Avenue<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/3ujdFrn">Register online</a><br><br><strong>Egg Hunt at University Park – Kids ages 7-10</strong> <br><br>When: Friday, April 15 from 5-7 p.m.<br><br>Where: University Park, 1002 W Van Buren Street<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/3KjeHch">Register online</a><br><br><strong>PHXteens Fun Friday – Egg Hunt—Teens up to age 17</strong> <br><br>When: Friday, April 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. <br><br>Where: Sunnyslope Youth Center, 1702 W Peoria Avenue<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/3KmVxCq">Register online</a>​ <br><br><strong>Hoppin & Poppin Egg Hunt – Kids up to age 5</strong> <br><br>When: Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. <br><br>Where: Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center, 4040 N 14th Street<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/3v0H490">Register online </a><br> <br><strong>E</strong><strong><strong>g</strong>g-splosion</strong> <br><br>When: Saturday, April 16 <br><br>Where: Eastlake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson Street<br><br>NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED <br><br><strong>FREE Egg Hunt – Kids ages 1-0</strong> <br><br>When: Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17 <br><br>Where: Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W Encanto Blvd<br><br><a target="_blank" href="https://bit.ly/3LES0Qi">Register online</a><br><br>  <br><br> <br><br><br><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Breaking Barriers: Meet the Women Leading the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Departmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2293Parks and Recreation3/30/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2293/Parks-female-leadership-for-Newsroom.pngBreaking Barriers: Meet the Women Leading the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department<div class="ExternalClass4D74E8DA854E4E7186C933D0C9ED2274"><html>​The views from the 16th floor of Phoenix City Hall are endless and intriguing. Beyond the cityscape structures of downtown Phoenix, many natural structures stand. If you're facing north, Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak are easy finds. Turn east, and, with a squint, you'll find Papago's Hole in the Rock. One more turn to the right and South Mountain will take center stage. <br><br>Look down and you'll catch the iconic rabbit, owl and fox of Margaret T. Hance Park. Off in the distance to your one o'clock, Cesar Chavez Park is just big enough that you may spot it, (with some help from a Parks department employee).<br><br>Woven into the fifth largest city in the U.S. are more than 200 miles of hiking trails and 185 parks. At the helm of one of the City of Phoenix's largest department are five strong women, who share the responsibility of maintaining community centers, playgrounds, hiking trails, lakes, ponds, pools and more. <br><br><strong>Meet the Women Leading Phoenix Parks and Recreation</strong><br><br>Half of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Parks management team are women, and many work 16 stories high in Phoenix City Hall, yet these female leaders got their start on the ground floor and in the field.<br><br>Paving the way for part-timers is Director and Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Cynthia Aguilar and Tracee Hall. Aguilar started with the department in 1997, working as a part-time recreation leader with the afterschool program at Loma Lina Elementary School. <br><br>Aguilar is the second consecutive female to run the department. She oversees the entire department including a staff of 1,480, and is leading the charge to create a Parks master plan, focused on inclusivity across the City. <br><br>Hall's first job with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department was working part-time at the South Phoenix Youth Center for the Teens in Training program as a job counselor, helping youths find jobs in the area.<br><br>In her role as Assistant Director, Hall currently oversees the Northeast, South, Natural Resources and Special Operations divisions. She currently has many major projects on her plate such as the Cesar Chavez Community Center (opening summer 2022), repairs to the Eastlake Pool, Aquatics hiring, land recognition signage and the Cholla Trail realignment project. <br><br>In 2018, Deputy Director of the Management Services Division Theresa joined the Parks and Recreation Department after having worked for more than a decade in various city departments. A mother herself, Faull has passed her own mom's message down to her daughter. <br><br>Faull said a former female supervisor served as her mentor, who instilled the philosophy of awareness in Faull, saying to become aware of the big picture and to be knowledgeable of all happenings within the City, making the transition to another major department doable and seamless. In her position, Faull is responsible for managing the department's budget and accounting, information technology, procurement, and administrative services.<br><br>Deputy Director of the Northwest Division Jan Sherwood started her career in the Parks and Recreation Department in 1996 working at the Cave Creek Sports Complex, now named for Rose Mofford, as a recreation leader. More than two decades later, Sherwood oversees 51 parks, five community centers and three neighborhood centers. <br><br>The Northwest Division produces four major special events every year: the PHXam Skateboard Contest, After Dark in the Park, Light Up and Boofest. <br><br>Northeast Division Danielle Poveromo first worked as a park manager for the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project. When she first started in the maintenance field, many men questioned whether if Poveromo was in the right job. <br><br>In leading the Northeast Division, Poveromo oversees 65 parks, six community centers and two art facilities. Her team also provides oversight of four non-profit operators including the Shemer Art Center, Thunderbird Arts Center, Mountain View Community Garden and the Roadrunner Farmers Market.<br><br>According to the latest data (2020) by the National Park Service, men have always, and still largely, outnumber women in the park's workforce. As of 2020, 5,829 of the National Park Service's more than 15,000-person workforce is female. Aguilar said she's proud of the female leadership who helps lead Phoenix's department. <br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Popular Phoenix Trails to Close During Extremely Hot Dayshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2271Parks and Recreation3/16/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2271/Take-a-Hike-Signage-by-Trail.pngPopular Phoenix Trails to Close During Extremely Hot Days<div class="ExternalClassDFF4214DB77C47D29A562D1594B69644"><html> <p>​​This summer, three popular City of Phoenix hiking trails will close during extremely hot days.</p> <p>On days when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning, Camelback Mountain's Echo and Cholla Trails and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve will close​ from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>During Excessive Heat Warnings, trail access is limited, parking lot gates will be closed and signage will be posted. Closure information will be posted on the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's</a> website and social media accounts, and to local resorts and hotels. Additionally, Phoenix Park Rangers will be visible at those locations to remind and educate trail users about the restrictions.<br></p> <p>To help with that recommendation, extended summer hours are in effect annually from June through September at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain">North Mountain Park</a> and <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Pima Canyon Trailhead</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. To provide an extra two hours of availability and promote hiking after 7 p.m., parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations. Year-round at those three trailheads, parking lots open at 5 a.m., and trails are open until 11 p.m.</p> <p>During the Valley's warm weather months, and regardless of whether an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect, it is recommended that trail users hike during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.</p> <p>Looking for an open trail? There are more than 215 miles of open trails within the City of Phoenix. Visit Phoenix.gov/trails to plan your next hike. </p> <p> <br> <strong>BACKGROUND</strong> <br>Last Summer, the Parks and Recreation Department ran a 2 ½ month pilot program from July 13 to September 30, in which they closed these same trails to reduce heat-related injuries and deaths and reduce the risk of injuries to rescue personnel. </p> <p>In October of 2021, the Parks and Recreation Board formally adopted the program limiting hiking on some trails from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on National Weather Service issued Heat Warning days.<br>​<br></p> <p><strong>TAKE A HIKE, DO IT RIGHT</strong> <br>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation, and Fire departments have worked in partnership since 2015 to share the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/trails/">“Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> hiking safety message and continue to lead with education about responsible hiking. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking guidelines:<br> <br></p> <ul> <li>Dress Appropriately: Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat, and sunscreen.</li> <li>Bring Water: 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>Keep in Contact: Carry a mobile phone.</li> <li>Team Up: Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</li> <li>Be Honest: 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>Don't Trailblaze: Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</li> <li>Take Responsibility: 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. ​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

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