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Fiesta Bowl Commits $2M to Hance Park Revitalization Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/732Parks and Recreation8/19/2019 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/732/fiesta bowl hance park announcement.jpgFiesta Bowl Commits $2M to Hance Park Revitalization Project<div class="ExternalClass0B95229B541F44BE854F956D004CEF2F"><html> <p>​As part of the Hance Park Partner Coalition, Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) announced today the seven-figure financial donation made by the Fiesta Bowl toward the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/hancerevitalization">Hance Park Revitalization Project</a> in Downtown Phoenix. Long celebrated as a leading local community organization, the Fiesta Bowl is the first major financial supporter of the project.</p> <p>A $2 million Fiesta Bowl legacy gift will be used specifically for the newly developed “Fiesta Bowl Play at Hance Park," which will be constructed on the west side of the park and opened in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl's 50th Anniversary season. As part of the Fiesta Bowl's 50th Anniversary celebration, its community efforts will live on through this multi-generational playground for millions of Arizona residents and guests to enjoy.</p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_PSC/PKS_Hance/Fiesta_Bowl_Play_Design.pdf">View design concepts of the Fiesta Bowl Play at Hance Park</a>.</p> <p>“This is an exciting day for the city of Phoenix as the Hance Park Revitalization Project takes an important and impactful step forward," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Construction of this play area will kick off the first phase of the project, and it is fitting that such a valuable community partner is helping to get it started. The city is grateful to the Fiesta Bowl for this significant commitment. Downtown Phoenix is a region where people want to live, work and spend their free time and a renovated Hance Park helps to further our growth."</p> <p>“We are thankful that the Fiesta Bowl organization has joined in this momentous project to make the first major commitment to revitalize Hance Park," added PCA Executive Director Jon Brodsky.  “The Fiesta Bowl is a fantastic partner, playing a major role in the community for nearly half a century. Now hundreds of thousands of people will enjoy fun and healthy activity year-round, thanks to the Fiesta Bowl's generosity."</p> <p>The Hance Park Revitalization Project is a public-private partnership led by the Hance Park Partner Coalition, consisting of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy. The 32-acre Hance Park is located over the I-10 tunnel in downtown, between 3rd Avenue to the west and 3rd Street to the east, and is maintained by the city through a partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The City of Phoenix's Burton Barr Central Library is located adjacent to the park off Central Avenue. The park also is home to the Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center and Phoenix Center for the Arts.</p> <p>“When the Fiesta Bowl was created in 1971, our Founders made a commitment that the Fiesta Bowl would be Arizona's largest and most important community effort in history. We believe this Hance Park revitalization project is an important community effort for our future," said Fiesta Bowl Chairman of the Board Patrick Barkley. “This mega playground will promote fun and healthy lifestyles and a child who plays on this playground may one day play in a future Fiesta Bowl."</p> <p>“I'm thrilled about the commitment the Fiesta Bowl has made to the Hance Park Revitalization Project," said Phoenix District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski. “Hance Park hosts numerous festivals, concerts and special events year-round, but the addition of unique amenities like this play area will make it a destination for everyday use and recreation. A vibrant and active park is pivotal to the economic development of downtown, and this sponsorship will have a profound impact."</p> <p>As part of the Play at Hance Park commitment, the Fiesta Bowl is teaming up with four supporting partners. The first to join is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in making this playground dream come true for all Arizonans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is committed to healthy lifestyles and inspiring Arizonans to get healthier faster and stay healthier longer.</p> <p> <strong>ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL ORGANIZATION:</strong> <br>The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year-round, during and outside of bowl season. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fiestabowl.org/">Visit FiestaBowl.org</a></p> <p> <strong>ABOUT PHOENIX COMMUNITY ALLIANCE:</strong> <br>Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) is an affiliate of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and the premier membership organization for Downtown leaders. Through the alliance of a strong and diverse membership, PCA fulfills its mission to activate, advocate, and build the Phoenix we want. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/">Visit PhoenixCommunityAlliance.com</a></p> <p> <strong>ABOUT DOWNTOWN PHOENIX INC:</strong> <br>Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) is a community development group created in 2013 to advance the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. A collaboration of business leaders, the City of Phoenix and community leaders, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dtphx.org/">Visit dtphx.org</a></p> <p> <strong>ABOUT HANCE PARK CONSERVANCY:</strong> <br>The Hance Park Conservancy was established in 2010 and is the catalyst for a new chapter of public space renewal in Phoenix, advocating for the park and protecting its future. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has been instrumental in developing the Hance Park Master Plan and actively raising funds to help make this plan a reality. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hanceparkconservancy.org/">Visit HancePark.org</a></p> <p> <strong>ABOUT CITY OF PHOENIX PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT:</strong> <br>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserve land with 200-plus miles of trails; 185 parks; 32 community and recreation centers; classes and sports programs where kids and adults learn, stay active and have fun; eight golf courses; and 29 pools where thousands cool off and learn to swim each summer. <a target="_blank" href="/parks">Visit Phoenix.gov/Parks</a></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationFiesta Bowl Commits $2M to Hance Park Revitalization ProjectParks & RecGregg Bach602-350-1506602-262-4994gregg.bach@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/22/Gregg_Bach.jpgPhoenixParks

 

 

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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