Community Centers Will Reopen Starting June 7https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1883Parks and Recreation5/5/2021 10:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1883/gym youth basketball.jpgCommunity Centers Will Reopen Starting June 7<div class="ExternalClass6000F30BA9BD4AB18D6A6AD0F9F78F28"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix City Council approved on Wednesday a plan for the tiered reopening of community centers, to resume the process for special park permits and special activity requests for private events of more than 50 people held on park property, and to resume rentals of select pools by high school swim and dive teams.</p><p><strong>Tiered Reopening of Community Centers for Summer Youth Camps</strong><br>The city's community and recreation centers have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020, and the following 11 <a href="/parks/" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> facilities will reopen effective June 7 for annual summer youth camps and limited indoor recreation classes by registration only. Drop-in use of these facilities will not be available.  </p> <p></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Deer Valley Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Phoenix+Deer+Valley+Community+Center/%4033.6665471%2c-112.1050588%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6f0e97a2e377:0x66a6d6abc1cebc39%218m2%213d33.6665471%214d-112.1028701?shorturl=1" target="_blank">2001 W. Wahalla Ln.</a></li><li>Desert West Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Desert+West+Community+Center/%4033.4764095%2c-112.2029176%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b151b437d3451:0xb3c5e9ae067a79c3%218m2%213d33.4764095%214d-112.2007289?shorturl=1" target="_blank">6501 W. Virginia Ave.</a></li><li>Eastlake Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Eastlake+Park/%4033.4462352%2c-112.051056%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b11ffc963d0e9:0x8a6e51bca5a5f6af%218m2%213d33.4462352%214d-112.0488673" target="_blank">1549 E. Jefferson St.</a></li><li>Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goelet+A.+C.+Beuf+Community+Center/%4033.6970556%2c-112.1337991%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b65faf5f7875f:0xa6739f6457227eb%218m2%213d33.6970556%214d-112.1316104?shorturl=1" target="_blank">3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.</a></li><li>Longview Neighborhood Recreation Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Longview+Neighborhood+Recreation+Center/%4033.4941506%2c-112.0542259%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b12813daba119:0x11ce4b4c3b56418a%218m2%213d33.494111%214d-112.0520099" target="_blank">4040 N. 14th St.</a></li><li>Maryvale Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Maryvale+Community+Center/%4033.5009204%2c-112.1696962%2c15z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0x221e997cde141672%218m2%213d33.5009204%214d-112.1696962?shorturl=1" target="_blank">4420 N. 51st Ave.</a></li><li>Paradise Valley Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Paradise+Valley+Community+Center/%4033.6452755%2c-111.9991465%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x80d9519f830cfbe5:0x358a28ed24389c5e%218m2%213d33.6452755%214d-111.9969578?shorturl=1" target="_blank">17402 N. 40th St.</a></li><li>Pecos Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pecos+Community+Center/%4033.2918127%2c-111.9833636%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b0475bf1ce331:0x9bed0a6720a0f578%218m2%213d33.2918127%214d-111.9811749" target="_blank">17010 S. 48th St.</a></li><li>South Mountain Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/South+Mountain+Community+Center/%4033.3890796%2c-112.0727214%2c17z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b10386ddd3867:0x988967b1e014dd61%218m2%213d33.3890751%214d-112.0705327?shorturl=1" target="_blank">212 E. Alta Vista Rd.</a></li><li>Sunnyslope Community Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sunnyslope+Community+Center/%4033.5735106%2c-112.0642064%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6d762e8b74a5:0x87050aadd7899072%218m2%213d33.5735121%214d-112.0620158" target="_blank">802 E. Vogel Ave.</a></li><li>Washington Activity Center, <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Activity+Center/%4033.5302398%2c-112.1097544%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6cd1de133811:0xfe53ef821da7b977%218m2%213d33.5302398%214d-112.1075657?shorturl=1" target="_blank">2240 W. Citrus Way</a></li></ul><p></p> <p>Those facilities will be operated with the following COVID-19 protocols and safety amenities in place.</p> <p></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Open at 50 percent capacity</li><li>A mask or face covering will be required per the <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353" target="_blank">city's mandate</a></li><li>A COVID-19 screening survey will be required upon arrival at a facility</li><li>Temperature checks will be administered upon arrival at a facility</li><li>Public facing reception areas will provide contactless customer service (plexiglass barriers have been installed at all service desks)</li><li>Positioning of facility furniture and installation of signage to encourage physical distancing</li><li>Hand sanitizer stations and touchless light switches have been installed at all facilities</li><li>Fresh air intake volume has been increased at all facilities</li><li>Janitorial staff will clean high-touch surfaces and restrooms daily</li></ul><p></p> <p>In-person summer youth camps for ages 6 to 12 will be offered at those 11 locations starting the week of June 7. Options for camps and other indoor recreation classes will be viewable on the <a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&activity_keyword=PHXPlays%20Summer%20Camp&viewMode=list" target="_blank">Activenet registration website</a> starting May 7. Registration for summer camps and programs will open on May 12 at 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Online registration is recommended, but in-person, walk-in registration will be available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on May 12 at the following community centers – Desert West (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Desert+West+Community+Center/%4033.4764095%2c-112.2029176%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b151b437d3451:0xb3c5e9ae067a79c3%218m2%213d33.4764095%214d-112.2007289?shorturl=1" target="_blank">6501 W. Virginia Ave.</a>), Eastlake (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Eastlake+Park/%4033.4462352%2c-112.051056%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b11ffc963d0e9:0x8a6e51bca5a5f6af%218m2%213d33.4462352%214d-112.0488673" target="_blank">1549 E. Jefferson St.</a>), Longview (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Longview+Neighborhood+Recreation+Center/%4033.4941506%2c-112.0542259%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b12813daba119:0x11ce4b4c3b56418a%218m2%213d33.494111%214d-112.0520099" target="_blank">4040 N. 14th St.</a>), Paradise Valley (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Paradise+Valley+Community+Center/%4033.6452755%2c-111.9991465%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x80d9519f830cfbe5:0x358a28ed24389c5e%218m2%213d33.6452755%214d-111.9969578?shorturl=1" target="_blank">17402 N. 40th St.</a>), South Mountain (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/South+Mountain+Community+Center/%4033.3890796%2c-112.0727214%2c17z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b10386ddd3867:0x988967b1e014dd61%218m2%213d33.3890751%214d-112.0705327?shorturl=1" target="_blank">212 E. Alta Vista Rd.</a>) and Washington (<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+Activity+Center/%4033.5302398%2c-112.1097544%2c17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x872b6cd1de133811:0xfe53ef821da7b977%218m2%213d33.5302398%214d-112.1075657?shorturl=1" target="_blank">2240 W. Citrus Way</a>). After May 12, in-person registration will be available by appointment only at the <a href="/parks/contact-parks" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's division offices</a>.</p> <p>Summer youth camps will be operated at 50 percent capacity and participants will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Additionally, as part of COVID-19 protocol, lunch will be held outdoors. Misting or cooling towers will be used in the outdoor eating areas, and an indoor contingency plan will be used on days when there is inclement weather, or the forecast includes a heat advisory. Camp participants will be provided a pre-packaged lunch or can bring their own lunch daily. Also, swimming pool activities and field trips will not be a part of this year's summer camp programming.<br></p> <p>City staff continues to work with public health professionals to monitor the Arizona Department of Health Services Community Transmission indicators. Once Phoenix has reached the moderate spread risk category, the city's remaining 16 community centers will reopen, capacity levels at centers will increase to 75 percent, and open gym and fitness room activities will resume at reduced capacities by reservation only.</p> <p><strong>Permit Process for Private Events Held on City Park Property</strong><br>Effective May 10, the process will resume for community members to apply for a special activity request to hold a private event in a city park with more than 50 people, such as a birthday party or family gathering. That includes resuming the process to apply for a beer permit, or for use of an inflatable bounce house or amplified sound on park property.</p> <p>Requests for a special event on park property that is open to the public still must be submitted for review by the <a href="/citymanager/specialevent" target="_blank">City Manager's Special Event Committee</a>. Examples of these events include festivals, food truck events, craft fairs, etc.</p><p><strong>Rentals of City Pools by High School Swim and Dive Teams</strong><br>Select city pools will be available for rental use by high school swim and dive teams for the 2021 fall season. All teams will be required to follow city and Arizona Interscholastic Association COVID-19 safety guidelines.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationYouth playing basketball in a gymnasiumParks & Rec@PhoenixParks #PHXPlays #PHXSummerGregg Bach602-350-1506602-262-4994gregg.bach@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/22/Gregg_Bach.jpgPhoenixParksThe Parks and Recreation Department will reopen 11 community centers effective June 7 and offer summer youth programs.



Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3078Parks and Recreation4/19/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3078/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass85336C54B5D449EFBC16497AFE21DD2B"><html> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the City's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban goes into effect the same day .</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 <strong>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.</strong></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><p>·       Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited</p><p>·       Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The following activities continue to be prohibited year-round:</strong></span></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles </li><li>Fireworks</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.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/30794/19/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3079/library.jpg​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"<div class="ExternalClass528E88C714FC416F97FA616B56521FCD"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives team invites you to visit a powerful exhibit to raise awareness about sexual assault as part of April's “Let's Talk Teal Campaign." April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the city provides resources and awareness events all month.</span></p> <p>The exhibit titled “What were you wearing?" draws attention to the “rape culture," where questions and statements like these are common, and put the blame on the victim. Victim shaming and blaming discourages victims from coming forward to report the crime and seek help. The display features the stories of several survivors and a representation of the clothes they were wearing when they were assaulted. </p> <p>The exhibit is on display at Burton Barr Library on the 2nd floor through April 24th.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives</a> section collaborates with community partners to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, unhealthy youth relationships, human trafficking, and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We achieve this mission through prevention, training, community awareness, and enhancing services for the overall well-being of those we serve .​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>News
Operation Makeup Breakuphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3077Police4/19/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_2RWf2kCisOperation Makeup Breakup<div class="ExternalClassD2BFF659F0AD40889598610F676EACBE"><html> <p>The Phoenix Police Department recently made multiple arrests and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property in an organized retail theft investigation, Operation Makeup Breakup.</p> <p> <br>On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provided statements to the public as well as video surveillance, body worn camera footage, and photographs highlighting the investigation and what was seized after executing multiple search warrants.<br><br>The six-month long investigation looked into an organized cosmetic retail fence; a fence being the individual or group who are purchasing stolen goods and reselling for a profit.<br><br>As a result of the investigation, three women were arrested and detectives were able to recover over 20,000 items, valued at over $560,000.<br><br>The fence was operating three “stores” out of homes in the Phoenix and Tonopah area. Rooms in these homes had been converted into the store fronts that people were invited in to purchase the cosmetics. These stores were not the only way the items were being sold, they were also being sold online and shipped, in some cases in bulk to other states and countries.<br><br>Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that this fence had been operating for five years.<br><br>The fence purchased the stolen cosmetics from various boosters, individuals who steal or shoplift the goods to sell. Boosters are known to have a “shopping list” of items they know a fence will pay them for.<br><br>The suspects in this case are facing charges of Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Trafficking in Stolen Property.<br><br>“My hope is that this sends a strong message that we are committed to investigating and arresting individuals of all crimes, and theft of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.<br><br>These crimes are taken seriously by the department and the County Attorney’s Office.<br><br>“We need to pay particular attention to this kind of crime – especially when it’s at this scale – because it affects everyone’s bottom line,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Retailers have to offset their losses which can mean those of us who are law-abiding citizens pay higher prices.”  <br><br>This is still an open investigation and details available for release are limited.  <br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo



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