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5 Family-Friendly Hikes in Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2177Parks and Recreation12/17/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2177/Piestewa Trail With Trail Rules.jpg5 Family-Friendly Hikes in Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass4A911F6F7F9B4EC9B4E82D8E78580AB7"><html> Looking for a fun outdoor experience with family? Here are 5 fun family-friendly hikes in Phoenix that are safe for any skill level! <br><br> Remember before you take a hike, do it right:<br><br> <ol> <li>Watch the weather</li> <li>Dress appropriately</li> <li>Bring water</li> <li>Team up, carry a mobile phone</li> <li>Don't wander off the trail<br></li> </ol>  <br>Read more about the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation's Take a Hike, Do it Right checklist for a fun and safe hike. <br><br> <a href="/parks/trails/take-a-hike-do-it-right" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/take-a-hike-do-it-right</a> <br><br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Esplanade Trail at the Sonoran Preserv</strong><strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">e</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty</strong>:  Easy<br> <strong>Distance</strong><strong>:</strong>  3.4 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  127 feet<br><br> The first section of the Esplanade is flat and sparse. This trail is a gentle climb hosting some occasional sandy areas and quick turns that keep you alert. After crossing an old jeep trail, you'll begin to parallel the Cave Creek Wash and the hike gets more interesting. On your left is a continuation of the desert you just hiked through, but on your right is a nice tangle of ironwood, Palo Verde, various shrubs and often a nice grove of saguaros along the edge of the wash. The wash is very wide here. Be on lookout during monsoon season as some areas may be impassable.<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> Apache Wash Trailhead, 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.<br> <strong>Access:</strong> Start at Apache Wash Trailhead. Proceed to Badger Brawl Trail. Turn right onto Apache Wash Loop. Continue north and turn right to proceed onto Esplanade Trail.<br> <strong>Parking & Entrance Hours</strong>: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Trail Hours</strong>: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.<br><br><br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Palisade Trail at Deem Hills Park</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty: </strong> Moderate<br> <strong>Distance:</strong>  1.5 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  395 feet<br><br> Palisade Trail can be one of the quietest trails at Deem Hills as it takes some work to get to.  But once there, you often have 360 panoramic views of the city and the mountains to the east, north and west. <br><br> Palisade Trail can be accessed from the Water Tank Road to the east and the Circumference Tail in two areas, both north and east. It is a good trail for  running, as you can start out at the Water Tower Trail, connect to Palisade and come back the same way. Often you will forget you are in Phoenix on this trail as it can feel remote.  The Palisade also has two additional connectors to the Circumference Trail on the east side to make additional loops. The Palisade trail also shares .1 mile of the same trail tread as Basalt between the .45 and .55 section which is extremely rocky.<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> 27428 N. 39th Ave.<br> <strong>Access:</strong>  Start from East Trailhead to connect to Deem Hills Circumference Trail going north. Turn left off of Deem Hills Circumference Trail onto Watertower Road. Turn left off of Watertower Road to proceed to Palisade Trail.<br> <strong>Parking & Entrance Hours</strong>: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Trail Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br><br>  <br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Ranger Trail at South Mountain</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty:</strong> Moderate<br> <strong>Distance:</strong> 1.7 mi<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong> 800 ft.<br><br> The Ranger Trail provides a gradual climb through the foothills approaching the park's roadway. This trail also provides alternative routes through connections with the Derby Loop, Bajada Trail, and Las Lomitas​​​​ Loop, while traveling upward to the roadway. To reach the National Trail along the ridgeline, continue across the road and climb the steep switchbacks to reach the saddle in the mountain just east of “Goat Hill."<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> Five Tables Trailhead, 10214 S. Central Ave.<br> <strong>Access:</strong> Start at the Park Main Entrance. Continue on Stephen Mather Dr. through the first four-way intersection. Take your next left and keep right to connect to Five Tables. From Five Tables, proceed to Ranger Trail.<br><div><strong>Entrance hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunset</div><div><strong>Trail Hours</strong>: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br></div><br><br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty:</strong>  Moderate/Difficult    <br> <strong>Distance:</strong>  2.6 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  150 feet<br><br> Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail is a natural desert material trail. The trail offers excellent views of surrounding mountain, north phoenix and east towards Scottsdale as well as nearby Shadow Mountain, North Mountain, and Shaw Butte.<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> 15600 N. 16th Street<br> <strong>Access:</strong>  Start from Lookout Mountain Trailhead. Proceed to Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail.<br> <strong>Trailhead Hours:</strong> Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset<br> <strong>Trail Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br><br>  <br> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Shaw Butte Trailhead at North Mountain</strong></span> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty:</strong>  Difficult<br> <strong>Distance:</strong>  4.0 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  654 feet<br><br> A rocky and dirt loop trail that starts off easy at the trailhead. As you make your way up the Butte, the trail becomes very steep and rocky at some points, as well as asphalt at other points. It is not uncommon to encounter leashed dogs as well as mountain bikers. When reaching the top, you will pass  by the old "Cloud Nine" concrete foundation is all that remains of the early 1960s elite Phoenix area restaurant that burned to the ground and was never rebuilt. At this point, you will be offered beautiful 360 degree views of the valley. You may encounter wildlife and could even see a falcon diving after its prey. Dogs are more than welcome on this trail, as long as they are kept on a leash.  <br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> 12898 N. Central Ave<br> <strong>Access:</strong>  Start from Shaw Butte Trailhead.  Proceed to Shaw Butte Trail.<br> <strong>Trailhead Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Trail Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br><br><br><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationHiker with Parks and Recreation SignageParks & RecPhoenix, Hiking, Family Hikes, Trail Locations, Trail HoursAdam Waltz602-350-1506602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govPhoenixParks

 

 

Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2444Planning and Development8/12/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/s3KZdWm2AwQ Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.<div class="ExternalClass305E4A1FF9DE4F39ACDC7561FC5B6DCA"><html> <p> <span data-offset-key="clmos-0-0">This new adaptive reuse project could be one of many new ventures along Hatcher Road. Check out the "Eye Opener's" conversion from a restaurant to a vintage furniture showroom with help from staff & Councilwoman Deb Stark.</span>​</p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideo
Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2443Fire8/12/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2443/dog 2.jpgPhoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet<div class="ExternalClass5E97A77AC0C4452DBAAAF32F7FCB410C"><html> <p>​</p>Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire near 19th Avenue and Dunlap and arrived to find a single apartment filled with heavy black smoke. <br><br>Upon arrival, fully turned-out firefighters from Engine 960 conducted a thorough search of the apartment; that's where they found an unresponsive dog. Firefighters carried the dog out of the apartment and quickly began resuscitation efforts.<br>​<br>Phoenix firefighters from stations 20 and 60 worked together to deploy a <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/fido-bags" target="_blank">'Fido Bag'</a>: Fido Bags are life-saving tools that are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 Handlers from <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/home" target="_blank">the Fetch Foundation</a>.<br><br>Fido Bags contain reusable oxygen masks that have been specially designed to fit the nose of small pets including cats and rabbits and will also fit the muzzle of a large dog.<br><br>First responders on the scene used bottles of water to cool down the dog as they used the oxygen from the Fido Bag to help resuscitate it. <br><br>Thanks to support from the Automatic Aid System, the Glendale Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the efforts. <br><br>As the dog laid on the sidewalk receiving treatment, the owners watched from a distance. After a few minutes the dog regained consciousness and began to wag its tail. Shortly after, the dog was happily reunited with its family.<br><br><p>The Phoenix Fire Department wants to thank the Fetch Foundation for its support. The Fido Bag system offers pets across the Valley the best chance of survival in the case of an emergency.​​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNews
Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews

 

 

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