​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

Director of Golf Named Southwest PGA Pro of the Yearhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/990Parks and Recreation 2/21/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/990/greg_leicht award2.jpgDirector of Golf Named Southwest PGA Pro of the Year<div class="ExternalClassB648FB4454744523A1DD8FF415D7C28A"><html> <p>​City of Phoenix Director of Golf Greg <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd19201"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd38955">L<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>eicht</span></span></span></span> was honored as the Southwest PGA Golf Professional of the Year for 2019 during an awards ceremony held Thursday night at Paradise Valley Country Club. This is the highest annual award bestowed by the Southwest PGA on a PGA Professional. <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd96881"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd84351">Leicht</span></span></span></span> is the 46th recipient of the award.</p> <p>"Words can't describe how honored I am to be named the Southwest PGA Golf Professional of the Year," <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd48293"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd36378">Leicht</span></span></span></span> said. "Being a PGA Professional in the Southwest Section means everything to me. I have been blessed to work at great facilities for outstanding individuals who supported me along the way. Throughout my career I have worked hard to always give back to the community, fellow PGA Professionals and the Section, and to be recognized by my peers with this tremendous honor means the world to me."</p> <p>The Professional of the Year award is given to those who have great leadership qualities, strong moral character and a substantial record of service.</p> <p> <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"> <span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd72839"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd426">Leicht</span></span></span> </span> has served as the city's director of golf since 2018 and oversees the operation of its <a href="/parks/golf" target="_blank">eight municipal courses</a>. During his tenure, he's directed a variety of upgrades to those facilities, including renovated and re-branded restaurants that opened in 2019. Those improvements contributed to a 12.5 percent increase in rounds played during the 2018-19 fiscal year. </p> <p>In 2015, <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd92665"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd46825">Leicht</span></span></span></span> was named to the general manager position at <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd90269"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd24194">Cascata</span></span></span></span> Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., a high-end course owned by Caesars Entertainment. Under his leadership, revenues for the course grew to all-time highs. Also, during his time at <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd83379"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd16951">Cascata</span></span></span></span> he earned his PGA Certification in General Management.</p> <p> <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"> <span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd70449"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd29305">Liecht</span></span></span> </span> has worked at number of courses around the Phoenix metro area, including the TPC Scottsdale, The Phoenician and Thunderbirds Golf Club, later named <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd17918"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd98354">Vistal</span></span></span></span> Golf Club. While at <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd90388"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd80541">Vistal</span></span></span></span>, <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd68727"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd87467">Leicht</span></span></span></span> hosted the Special Olympics State Golf Championships for 12 years and continues to be heavily involved with that event.</p> <p>In 2014, <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd11073"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd91231">Leicht</span></span></span></span> served as the 22nd President of the Southwest PGA and he continues to volunteer with the Section on committees and as a rules official at Southwest PGA events. His resume also includes leading the charge to create the Southwest PGA license plate in Arizona. Thanks to his navigation of the legislative process, the plate was approved in 2016, with proceeds of the sales supporting Southwest PGA Foundation initiatives.</p> <p>This is not the first time <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd99443"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd40315">Leicht</span></span></span></span> has been honored by the Southwest PGA, as he received the 2006 Southwest PGA Bill <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd9243"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd70195">Strausbaugh</span></span></span></span> Award for his work in mentoring fellow PGA Professionals, the Southwest PGA Player Development Award (formally the President's Plaque) in 2008 and 2009, and the National Special Olympics Conrad <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd27221"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd11000">Rehling</span></span></span></span> Award in 2011. <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd77341"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd43747">Rehling</span></span></span></span> was the founder of the Special Olympics Golf movement and spearheaded The PGA of America's efforts to introduce golf to Special Olympics. It is presented to PGA Professionals who give back to those with intellectual and physical disabilities.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.southwestpga.com/news/2019/19awards.asp" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd20881"><span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"></span></span></span><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.southwestpga.com/news/2019/19awards.asp"><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd29388">Read more ab<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>out Leicht</span> and the 2019 Class of Southwest PGA award recipients</a> </a></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Read the February 2020 Hance Park Newsletterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/956Parks and Recreation 2/13/2020 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/956/m3f.jpgRead the February 2020 Hance Park Newsletter<div class="ExternalClass7817FA854C74465CA902CAC4AB9233A8"><html> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?1d5d881909fda8250758ffde3a8f90d9f5778c9416cceaa0">February issue of the Hance Park Newsletter</a> is out and includes an updated construction schedule, a preview of the M3F music festival and a closer look at the city of Phoenix's project partners.</p> <p>The newsletter is brought to you by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, a public-private partnership consisting of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy. The Coalition encourages everyone to share this newsletter with family, friends and the organizations in which they are involved to help spread information and awareness about the project.</p> <p>Additional information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project is available on the project website: <a title="" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?59d83e00cc00dfd2493f3c77c1785af793d7d7dafa221e92" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks/HanceRevitalization</a>.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
“Fall Into Fitness” Tuesdays in Hance Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/809Parks and Recreation 1/13/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/809/fall into fitness.jpg“Fall Into Fitness” Tuesdays in Hance Park<div class="ExternalClass223E1736FD1A4AED9A577683042F8108"><html> <p>​<a target="_blank" href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX</a> and AARP Phoenix present "Fall Into Fitness" at Margaret T. Hance Park – a free eight-week, family-oriented fitness program for all ages and experience levels.</p><p>Each Tuesday from January 14 to March 3, professional fitness instructors will lead calorie burning classes such as Turbo Kick LIVE, Zumba, P90X LIVE, PiYo, HIGH Fitness, Core de Force Live and more. The workouts are fun, interactive and designed to get people moving, and are set to popular music. <span aria-hidden="true"></span>Participants are encouraged to bring their own water, towel and mat (optional). </p><div><div class="ExternalClass5E29511AD1394E25B43AB26ED150F953" style="box-sizing:border-box;"><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Local health and wellness vendors will be on-site each week to provide giveaways.<span aria-hidden="true"></span> The event is held on the west side of Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., and free public parking is available.</p><p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search/fitphx-fall-into-fitness-at-hance-park/33994" target="_blank">Register today and view additional details about the "Fall Into Fitness" series and other free FitPHX activities</a>. </p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Participants can visit the Parks and Recreation Department <a target="_blank" href="/calendar/parks">calendar</a> to view additional event details.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p></div></div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Read the January 2020 Hance Park Newsletterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/808Parks and Recreation 1/10/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/808/hance_site_plan.jpgRead the January 2020 Hance Park Newsletter<div class="ExternalClass124C8F0FC6F84C75B0D7E80FADE32009"><html> <p>​The calendar has turned to a new year, and new decade, and the Hance Park Revitalization Project will take a major step forward in 2020. The <a title="Read the January 2020 Hance Park Newsletter in PDF format" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Hance/Hance_Park_Newsletter_January_2020.pdf" target="_blank">January issue of the Hance Park Newsletter</a> includes information about the next public meeting, upcoming park programs and activities, and an updated construction timeline.</p> <p>The newsletter is brought to you by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, a public-private partnership consisting of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy. The Coalition encourages everyone to share this newsletter with family, friends and the organizations in which they are involved to help spread information and awareness about the project.</p> <p>Additional information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project is available on the project website: <a title="" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?59d83e00cc00dfd2493f3c77c1785af793d7d7dafa221e92" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks/HanceRevitalization</a>.</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Watch the 33rd Annual APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/740Parks and Recreation 12/16/2019 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/740/elp band 2.jpghttps://youtu.be/83_1jdm_66oWatch the 33rd Annual APS Electric Light Parade<div class="ExternalClass81732B8B3F7142E49485ECF3D13D1670"><html> <p>​Get in the holiday spirit by streaming a <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start">replay of this year's APS Electric Light Parade, courtesy of media partner ABC15 Arizona. </span></p><p><span>PHXTV (Channel 11) will re-air the parade broadcast as well. Catch it three times a day from December 16 through January 1 (Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.).</span></p><p>And, ABC15 Arizona will replay it Christmas Day at 6 a.m.</p><p>Follow the latest news about the APS Electric Light Parade at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix.gov/ELP</a>.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksVideoparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Despite Rain Showers, APS Electric Light Parade Shineshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/689Parks and Recreation 12/8/2019 5:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/689/Newsroom_PKS_00001.jpgDespite Rain Showers, APS Electric Light Parade Shines<div class="ExternalClass8CE48E4C2C7B4E0C8138C2EACFABBFBB"><html> <p>Rain showers didn't discourage a crowd of approximately 100,000 people from enjoying Saturday's 33rd annual APS Electric Light Parade. </p><p>Families lined the route that starts at Central and Montebello avenues and ends at 7th St. and Indian School Rd., while thousands more watched from home via a Facebook Live video stream produced by media partner ABC15 Arizona. The parade's 90-plus entrants interpreted the theme "Walking in a Desert Wonderland" and Beth McDonald from 99.9 KEZ served as grand marshal.</p><p>PHXTV (Channel 11) will re-air the parade broadcast three times a day from December 16 through January 1 (Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m.). ABC15 Arizona will replay it Christmas Day at 6 a.m.</p><p>View a list of this year's award winners and follow parade news year-round at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix.gov/ELP</a>.</p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The parade was made possible thanks to the support of many sponsors and partners, including <a target="_blank" href="https://www.aps.com/en/About/Community/In-the-Community">APS</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://nphx.org/">North Phoenix Baptist Church</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/dbacks">Arizona Diamondbacks</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcardinals.com/">Arizona Cardinals</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nba.com/suns/">Phoenix Suns</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://fiestabowl.org/">Fiesta Bowl</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ibew387.com/">IBEW Local 387</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://pollackinvestments.com/">Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.abc15.com/">ABC15 Arizona</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://kez999.iheart.com/">99.9 KEZ</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.aps.com/en/About/Our-Company/Clean-Energy/Nuclear-generation">Palo Verde Generating Station</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://census.gov/about/regions/denver/jobs/arizona.html">Census 2020</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.courtesychev.com/">Courtesy Chevrolet</a>.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
Know Before You Go: APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/739Parks and Recreation 12/2/2019 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/739/elp vw bus.jpgKnow Before You Go: APS Electric Light Parade<div class="ExternalClass7D35DC3A6758462B9FE6455FCA8672C4"><html> <p>​More than 90 entries displaying hundreds of thousands of lights will brighten and bring holiday cheer to the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 7 when the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">APS Electric Light Parade</a>, presented by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, returns for its 33rd edition. This year, entrants will interpret the theme "Walking in a Desert Wonderland" and Beth McDonald from 99.9 KEZ will serve as grand marshal.</p> <p>The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Central Ave. at Montebello Ave. (just south of Bethany Home Rd.), heads south to Camelback Rd., where it turns east to 7th St., where it turns south to the endpoint at Indian School Rd. An interactive parade route map and comprehensive event information is available at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix.gov/ELP</a>. Attendees are encouraged to use the hashtag <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23phxlightparade&ref_src=twsrc%5etfw">#PhxLightParade</a> on social media to interact and stay informed.</p> <p>The following road closures will be in effect from 5 to 11 p.m. on the day of the parade.</p> <ul> <li>Central Ave. - Camelback Rd. to Bethany Home Rd.</li> <li>7th St. - Indian School to Osborn Rd.</li> <li>Camelback Rd. - 1st Ave. to 7th St.</li> </ul> <p>Parade enthusiasts also may come out during judging and pre-parade activities on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the popular Parade Preview Event at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., when all motorized entries will be lit up for official review. This event is designed for families to see the floats close-up during judging. Arizona State University Special Event Management Program students will present the International Children's Festival, a free interactive area where youth can play games, do arts and crafts, learn about how different countries celebrate the holidays and see Santa Claus.</p> <p>This year's parade is made possible thanks to the support of many sponsors and partners, including <a target="_blank" href="https://www.aps.com/en/About/Community/In-the-Community">APS</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://nphx.org/">North Phoenix Baptist Church</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.mlb.com/dbacks">Arizona Diamondbacks</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcardinals.com/">Arizona Cardinals</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nba.com/suns/">Phoenix Suns</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://fiestabowl.org/">Fiesta Bowl</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ibew387.com/">IBEW Local 387</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://pollackinvestments.com/">Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.abc15.com/">ABC15 Arizona</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://kez999.iheart.com/">99.9 KEZ</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.aps.com/en/About/Our-Company/Clean-Energy/Nuclear-generation">Palo Verde Generating Station</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://census.gov/about/regions/denver/jobs/arizona.html">Census 2020</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.courtesychev.com/">Courtesy Chevrolet</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:</strong> </p> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the <a target="_blank" href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US">weather forecast</a> and dress accordingly.</li> <li>Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.</li> <li>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 three or more hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.</li> <li>Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</li> </ul> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec
AARP FitLot Debuts in Rose Mofford Sports Complexhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/738Parks and Recreation 11/19/2019 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/738/fitlot opening.jpgAARP FitLot Debuts in Rose Mofford Sports Complex<div class="ExternalClass91CC9462721D4CFDBE886ECC3622E012"><html> <p>​​An AARP Arizona-sponsored <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd12116">FitLot</span></span>, an outdoor fitness park, opened in Phoenix's Rose <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd16258">Mofford</span></span> Sports Complex on Tuesday.</p> <p>Over the next several years, AARP plans to sponsor a fitness park in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AARP is working with <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd69583">FitLot</span></span>, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping communities find the resources they need to plan, build and program outdoor fitness parks, to construct these amenities throughout 2019 and 2020. Each park will include <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd59258">FitLot</span></span> exercise equipment and space for group programs that can be adapted to meet a wide range of fitness levels and abilities.</p> <p>The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting included Phoenix Mayor Kate <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd31523">Gallego</span></span>, District 3 Councilwoman Debra Stark, AARP Arizona Director Dana Marie Kennedy, volunteers and community members.</p> <p>“I want Phoenix to be a community that embraces and celebrates every stage of life," Mayor <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img width="1" height="1" class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd35150">Gallego</span></span> said. "Part of this is providing opportunities to a diverse population to improve their health and well-being. This fitness park meets that goal and provides a community gathering spot for people of all ages and backgrounds."</p> <p>“Livable communities are communities that people want to be in," Kennedy said. "I want to see a vibrant and livable Phoenix. Unless we are able to provide families with the tools they need for healthy eating and active living, a community will not be a livable community. This park is open to the public and we hope the community enjoys it."</p> <p> <strong>About AARP:</strong> <br>AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit <a href="https://www.aarp.org/" target="_blank">aarp.org</a> or follow <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AARP/" target="_blank">@AARP</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/AARPadvocates">@AARPadvocates</a> on social media.</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

Parks and Recreation PhoenixParkshttps://www.phoenix.gov/parksParks and Recreation parks-and-recreationParks & Rec

 

 

Get Involved: Fund PHXhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=13https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/13/S261C.jpgGet Involved: Fund PHX<div class="ExternalClass9728A8349F6F47A1A5123D0792DF410B"><html> <p>​Give your feedback about the Phoenix budget. Use our new online tool to adjust funding for various departments.</p> </html></div>Videohttps://Phoenix.gov/budget/fund2/19/2020 5:20:55 PM3/31/2020 5:20:55 PM

​Share this pageArchived Press Releases