Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix Voters Approve Parks and Preserve Measure by quotes

 Phoenix Voters Approve Parks and Preserve Measure

Phoenix voters today approved the extension of a sales tax for parks and preserves.

In unofficial results, a total of 89,612 votes, or 83 percent, were cast in favor of the proposition, while 18,777 votes, or 17 percent, were cast against it.

The measure will continue a 1/10 of one percent sales tax voters approved in 1999 for parks and preserves improvements and land acquisition. The approved sales tax is set to expire in 30 years.

There were 108,389 votes cast in today’s election, which is about 21 percent of all registered voters in Phoenix.

For more information about the election, call the City Clerk’s Office at 602-261-VOTE (8683) or visit

Tempe’s 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival by azhttp

Tempe’s 30th Annual Halloween Carnival a treat for all

Families invited to the best “monster mash” in town

TEMPE, Ariz. – Don’t get spooked this Halloween! Come to one of the most

exciting and safe places in the Valley to celebrate Halloween with your

family. Tempe’s 30th Annual Family Halloween Carnival will be Wednesday,

Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Kiwanis Community Park, 6005 S.

All-America Way (Mill Avenue and All-America Way).

Some spooktacular highlights include entertainment, food, face painting,

carnival games and a 7:30 p.m. costume contest for goblins of all ages.

Local groups will provide live entertainment.

Admission is free and is offered to Valley families as a safe alternative to

trick-or-treating. Carnival tickets are 25 cents each, and proceeds will

benefit non-profit groups around the state.

More than 5,000 families are expected to attend this year’s event, and Tempe

hopes that number will grow even more in the years to come.

For more information visit or call the City of Tempe

Parks and Recreation Office at 480-350-5200. Text telephone/TDD is available

at 480-350-5050.

Kids Play Free at City 9-Holes This Summer by quotes

 Kids Play Free at City 9-Holes This Summer

All junior golfers under the age of 17 will play for FREE at any of the three Phoenix nine-hole courses this summer when accompanied by a paid adult – every day, all day. The “Kids Play Free” program will be available from June 1 through August 31 to encourage families to get out on the links with their children, enjoy the great game of golf and to promote Junior Golf in Phoenix. If only one adult is present, additional junior rounds can be purchased for $5 each (up to two additional junior rounds).

This program is an extension of the Phoenix Youth Golf Program that offers free golf lessons year-round to youngsters between the ages of 8 and 17 and the $26 Junior Play Pass good for 30 days at all Phoenix golf courses on a space-available basis.

For more information call 602-534-9919 or go online to The “Kids Play Free” Program is being offered at all three city of Phoenix Par 3 nine-hole golf courses:

Aguila Par 3, 8440 S. 35th Ave., 602-237-9601

Encanto Short 9, 2300 N. 17th Ave., 602- 262-6870

Palo Verde, 6215 N. 15th Ave., 602-249-9930

City of Tempe Independence Day schedule by quotes

City of Tempe Independence Day schedule

TEMPE, Ariz. – In observance of Independence Day, the City of Tempe will close all administrative offices on Wednesday, July 4.

Emergency services will be unaffected by the holiday, and residential and commercial recycling/solid waste collection will take place under normal operating hours.


Tempe Town Lake and its surrounding parks will be open from 4-11 p.m. as US Airways presents the CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival. The Town Lake Operations Center will be closed. Kiwanis Recreation Center,

6111 S. All-America Way, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. (480-350-5201 or 480-350-5711). Tempe Beach Park Splash Playground, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, will be closed (480-350-8625). The Jaycee Splash Playground, 715 W. 5th St., will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

(480-350-5200). The Clark Park Swimming Pool, 1730 S. Roosevelt St., will be open from 1-5 p.m. (480-350-5203). The McClintock Swimming Pool, 1830 E. Del Rio Dr., will be open from 1-5 p.m. (480-350-5202).


The Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5500). The Tempe Historical Society Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5100). The Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, 3340 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5287).


The Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St., will be open from noon to 6 p.m., and the center’s pool will be open from 1-5 p.m.

(480-350-5858). The Westside Community Center, 715 W. 5th St., will be closed (480-858-2400). The Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5211). The North Tempe Multigenerational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath., will be closed (480-858-6500).


The Ken McDonald Golf Course, 800 E. Divot Dr., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5250). The Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5275).

City of Mesa Summer Programs by quotes
June 13, 2007, 5:26 pm
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Mesa summer programs still have openings

        School is out and summer is here; the City of Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Department has plenty of youth programs to help avoid those summer doldrums.
        Openings are still available in several popular summer activities, including Boredom Busters and Summer Adventure programs. Both are aimed at children entering first through sixth grades and offer a variety of educational and recreational opportunities including games, crafts, movies, speakers, field trips and daily swimming:
        Boredom Busters                                Summer Adventure
        Monday-Thursday                                Monday-Friday
        1:00 PM-5:30 PM                                7:00 AM-6:00 PM
 Children are broken into age appropriate groups and the camps are held at various locations in the city.
        There are also openings in Kidz Zone, a summer drop-in recreation program at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center designed for kids 6-13.  Throughout the day, kids will participate in arts and crafts, cooking activities, climbing the rock wall and more.  Teen Summer Adventures program is available for teens entering seventh through ninth grades, takes place each Friday, and includes trips to such local attractions such as IMAX theatre, Skateland, Sunsplash and others.
        The City’s indoor and outdoor soccer camps, which run from June 25- July 19, still have openings. There are three camps open for boys and girls in grades one through 12, which will help young athletes develop fundamental skills, learn drills and understand game rules.
        A weight training camp will also be held the week of June 25th, and is designed for seventh through ninth graders interested in learning age-appropriate techniques for weight training.
        Interested being part of a team? The dive, water polo, synchronized swim and recreational swim teams are still accepting applications for their respective squads.  Swim lessons are also available through out the summer.
        All Parks and Recreation programs are listed in the Time Out publication, distributed seasonally.  For more information on these programs and others available, please visit, or call 480-644-5300.

Phoenix Parks Department Earns Award by quotes

 Phoenix Parks Department Earns National Recreation Award for Aquatics, Swim ProgramsThe Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has earned national recognition for its aquatics and swimming programs. The National Parks and Recreation Association awarded its “Excellence in Aquatics Award,” to the department at its annual National Aquatics Conference March 2 in Atlanta. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department earned the award for cities with more than 500,000 residents. This is the third time the department has won the award.

The National Excellence in Aquatics Award honors agencies that demonstrate excellence in planning and managing diversified aquatic services. It is given to only one city in each size category and is considered as recognition of the best-run aquatics system in the country. The National Recreation and Park Association’s National Aquatic Conference is the premier venue for aquatic professionals in the nation, drawing hundreds of attendees annually from all areas of aquatics.The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department operates 29 pools throughout the city. In 2006, attendance at Phoenix pools topped 767,000. Aquatics staff gave more than 340,000 instructional classes and programs last summer.

Additional freeway closure means more field improvements by quotes
September 29, 2006, 11:27 pm
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Additional freeway closure means more field improvements

The City of Mesa will receive $10,000 from NBC Universal as a result of an additional freeway closure planned for the Red Mountain Freeway (Loop 202) from Sept. 29 at 10pm to 4am on Oct. 1.

Universal Pictures, which is filming “The Kingdom” along a two-mile stretch of the freeway and in other areas of the Valley, is making the donation after getting permission from the Arizona Department of Transportation to close the freeway from Higley to Power.

The donation will be used to improve the infield, dugout benches and the turf at Taft Elementary School near Crismon Road and University Drive.

The motion picture firm previously donated $40,000 to Parks and Recreation for the installation of new playground equipment after closing down the freeway for three weekends in August.  The Arizona Department of Transportation allowed the closure, which falls within the Mesa city limits.

The film company indicated it would need an extra weekend of shooting in light of delays caused by accidents on the set that took place on Aug. 12.  One of the accidents resulted in the death of a crew member.

Phoenix Parks Taking Applications for APS Electric Light Parade by quotes

 Phoenix Parks Taking Applications for APS Electric Light Parade

Though temperatures have only just started to drop, organizers for the APS Electric Light Parade already are accepting applications to participate in the Dec. 2 holiday gala.

The theme for the 2006 parade is “Southwest Holiday Traditions.” The APS Electric Light Parade is the biggest attraction of the annual APS Fiesta of Light series of holiday events. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department currently is accepting applications from group and organization motorized floats, custom helium parade balloons, performance groups and marching bands. Entry fees range from no charge up to $400.

The parade gets under way at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on Central Avenue at Montebello (just south of Bethany Home Road). The 2006 parade will head south on Central Avenue to Camelback Road, where it will turn east to Seventh Street, where it will turn south and end at Indian School Road.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the parade route each year to enjoy the amazing spectacle of lighted floats, performance groups and the sights-and-sounds of the holidays.

Groups or individuals interested in participating can find comprehensive registration information and submit an application online at or they can call 602-262-4627. Parks staff will accept registration applications until Nov. 3 or until a total of 80 entries have been accepted.

Source: Phoenix Arizona East Valley City News

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Hosts National Public Lands Day Celebration by quotes

 City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Hosts National Public Lands Day Celebration

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department staff will host a National Public Lands Day Outdoor Recreation Fair Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals of all ages are invited to the event at the North Mountain Visitor Center at 12950 N. 7th St., which is just south of Thunderbird Road. A volunteer trail project will precede the fair from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Attendees will have a chance to enjoy live animals up close; take a guided hike; scale an outdoor climbing wall; attend special presentations and workshops; and much more. Many of the displays and activities are geared toward children, making this event both exciting and educational for the whole family.

National Public Lands Day also will include displays and demonstrations from over 50 outdoor recreation and public land agencies. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will also be on sale throughout the course of the event.

Public parking for the event will be in the Western Saddle Club lot, across from the center on the east side of 7th Street. Disabled-accessible parking will be in the center lot. For more information call the center at 602-495-5540. Information on the North Mountain Visitor Center is online at

The National Public Lands Day Celebration is sponsored by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and APS. Would-be volunteers also can arrange to work on a trail project at the Preserve before the festival begins. Community groups or individuals interested in participating in the trail project must pre-register by calling 602-534-6522.

Parks and Recreation Department Hosts the Smithsonian’s CultureFest 2006 by quotes

 Parks and Recreation Department Hosts the Smithsonian’s CultureFest 2006

Experience the cultural treasures of Arizona when CultureFest 2006 returns to the Valley Nov. 1 – 5. This five-day cultural festival will feature events and programs presented by the Smithsonian’s best and brightest scholars and experts – who combine the magic of the Smithsonian with the treasures found only in Arizona. The following CultureFest 2006 events will take place at these Phoenix Parks and Recreation facilities:

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 – 8 p.m. Shemer Art Center & Museum
    Silly Putty, Jacks and Yo-yos: Stories behind Our Favorite Toys

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project:
    “A Bird’s Eye View”

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 7 – 8 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
    “Off –the-Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination”

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 – 11 a.m. South Mountain Environmental Education Center
    “Coyotes: History and Folklore”

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. North Mountain Visitor Center
    “Where the Chicks Hang Out”

For a complete listing of all Smithsonian’s CultureFest 2006 workshops, classes and presentations that will be held throughout the Valley and for additional information visit