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Pilot Program Approved to Restrict Use of Select Phoenix Trails During Extreme Heathttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1987Parks and Recreation7/14/2021 1:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1987/hiking safety sign.jpgPilot Program Approved to Restrict Use of Select Phoenix Trails During Extreme Heat<div class="ExternalClass5C1DD78292EF4D26B795EA26653DB311"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved during a special meeting on Tuesday a pilot program through which select city hiking trails will be closed when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch. Per the City Charter, the Board has the authority to implement park rules that would close or restrict access to trails, and today's decision was made due to concerns for the safety of the public and first responders. </p> <p>The pilot program will run from July 16 to September 30, 2021, and during that time Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail, and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect. Please note that Camelback Mountain's Cholla Trail is currently closed.<br></p> <p>Those locations were chosen for the pilot program based on the number of mountain rescues that occur there annually, as well as the difficulty rating of those trails and how that impacts the complexity of the rescues.</p> <p>During times when trail access will be restricted, parking lot gates will be closed and signage will be posted. Closure information also will be communicated through the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a>'s 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.</p> <p>During the Valley's warm weather months, and regardless of an Excessive Heat Watch being 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>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.<br></p> <p>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:</p> <p></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><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>Team Up: 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!<br></li></ul> <p></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. Learn how to keep pet​s safe during Arizona's warm weather months. ​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationHiking safety sign at a trailheadParks & Rec@PhoenixParks #HikeRightGregg Bach602-350-1506602-262-4994gregg.bach@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/22/Gregg_Bach.jpgPhoenixParksUse of trails on Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak will be restricted during an Excessive Heat Watch.

 

 

Ceremonial Street Signs Installed to Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2494Street Transportation9/23/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2494/Pastor Stewart sign installation.jpgCeremonial Street Signs Installed to Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. <div class="ExternalClass1268FBE152344B558EACCEC72938898D"><html> <p>​In partnership with First Institutional Baptist Church, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department on Friday unveiled and dedicated ceremonial street signs at the intersection of 12th and Jefferson streets that honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., the church's the long-time senior pastor and a prominent community activist. The ceremonial signs are mounted on the intersection's northeast and southwest traffic signal poles to designate the location as Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. Way.<br></p> <p> Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor and District 4 Councilmember Laura Pastor, and District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia joined a host of church and community leaders to give remarks and celebrate the installation of the signs. <br></p> <p> Dr. Stewart, Sr. has served as senior pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church since 1977 and is a community activist who advocates for the spiritual, social and economic needs of the community. He is known for preaching and teaching "Jesus is Justice" in 38 states and 51 countries, and is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contributions to the community. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fibcaz.org/drwarrenhstewartsr">Read a complete biography about Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr.</a></p> <p> Phoenix follows a <a target="_blank" href="/streetssite/Documents/Ceremonial_Street_Sign_Procedure.pdf">Ceremonial Street Sign Procedure</a> to honor landmarks and people of historical significance. The signs feature a blue background with white lettering. The requesting organization or individual is responsible for the fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair of ceremonial signs, which require City Council approval. The Street Transportation Department fabricates and installs all of the city's street name, speed limit and traffic control signs. </p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Installation of the signs was approved by City Council during its Formal Meeting on August 31, 2022.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Critical Incident Briefing: September 10th, 2022 – 39th Avenue and Cactus Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/24959/23/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IetHaJZFp8wCritical Incident Briefing: September 10th, 2022 – 39th Avenue and Cactus Road<div class="ExternalClass2A33537CA85B4A8E9FEC3832C2F97A43"><html> <p>​​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p><p> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on September 10<sup>th</sup>, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 39<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Cactus Road near the employee parking lot entrance of the Phoenix Police Cactus park precinct. Phoenix Police 911 operators received several calls saying a man was armed with a samurai sword and striking the police station fence near the employee gate. </p> <p>The man was later identified as 40-year-old Aaron Baughman.</p> <p>Witnesses saw Baughman walking to the fence by the employee entrance of the precinct and pulling out a sword from his waist band. Baughman then began hitting the fence with the sword for several minutes. </p> <p>A few minutes later, a two-man patrol unit arrived, and the officers got out of their car. Baughman began to move towards the officers with the sword raised. The officers ordered Baughman to drop the sword but he continues in their direction. This is when the officer involved shooting occurred.</p> <p>After the shooting, Baughman remained on the ground as a vehicle pulled up. A man driving the vehicle got out and began walking toward Baughman. The officers gave the man multiple commands to stop. The man did and he was detained. It was later determined he was Baughman's father.</p> <p>Officers provided aide to Baughman until fire personnel arrived. </p> <p>Baughman was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The sword used by Baughman was recovered on scene. The officers involved in this shooting have been with the department for two years and are assigned to the Cactus Park Precinct.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>Video
2022 Disability Awards and Recognition Event Virtual Celebrationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/439Equal Opportunity9/22/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/439/Newsroom_EOD_006.JPG2022 Disability Awards and Recognition Event Virtual Celebration<div class="ExternalClass7CA98B4E30534B60A399AC87F6EDC206"><html> <p>The Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI), Equal Opportunity Department and members of the disability community will be hosting the <strong>virtual</strong> MCDI 2022 Disability Awards and Recognition Event (D.A.R.E.), at <strong>5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.</strong> </p> <p>Every year, the D.A.R.E. honors exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses for their dedication and service to the disability community, and for dedicating their lives to enhancing Phoenix's quality of life for all citizens and communities. </p> <p>The award categories this year include Architectural, Business, Nonprofit, Community Service, Outstanding Educator, and the Detective Walter Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award, also known as the Pride of Phoenix Award.<br></p> <p>Join us to honor the awardees and see the incredible work they do each day in their communities and greater Phoenix. </p> <p>To watch the virtual celebration on Oct. 3 or at a later date, visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/Youtube.com/CityofPhoenixAZ__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21IKUDTTcpuLq-1Abx9wS4DwUKmjb9tVSN_xG5rmuepzAWcAnLfRizbKfKfq3m9NanxbrvTqM$" target="_blank">Youtube.com/CityofPhoenixAZ</a>. ​<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews

 

 

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