Daily Archives: August 22, 2008

Hear study results of reverse lanes to downtown Phoenix

The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department and Arizona State University will present their findings on Reverse Lanes on 7th Ave. and 7th St. study at two public meetings:

  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, Acacia Library, 750 E. Townley Ave.

The Street Transportation Department studied the reverse lanes to consider the impact that the lanes have on neighborhoods and local businesses.  The lanes provide north/south traffic flow and reduce congestion, but limit left turns during peak hours in the morning and afternoon.  The department studied crash rates, lane utilization, capacity analyses, cut-through traffic, and operational alternatives.  The city contracted with ASU College of Design – Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory to conduct a quality of life analysis of the reverse lanes.

The Seventh Avenue reverse lane, which spans six miles from McDowell Road to Northern Avenue, was implemented in 1979.  The Seventh Street reverse lane, which spans seven miles from McDowell Road to Dunlap Avenue, was implemented in 1982.  For more information, click here.

Bevy of Phoenix park-managed historic sites in severe condition

According to the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has a number of facilities listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register.  Those highlighted in orange are landmark properties of exceptional significance.  Those highlighted in red are parks with historic properties having the most severe condition issues.

Staff in both departments have said they plan to meet regularly to discuss the status of ongoing projects.  Both departments plan to track their joint City of Phoenix bond projects together during the next five year bond cycle and will continue to explore federal, state, non-profit, and private sector funding sources to leverage city funding for historic projects.

How can you help?  Attend one of the public meetings to be set up in June and July by Parks and Recreation to garner feedback and ideas (now that the Phoenix Parks & Preserve Initiative passed handily by voters).  Also, learn more about the Phoenix Parks and Conservation Foundation, a recognized non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises funds to help renovate existing parks and acquire new parks and preserves. 

Historic Property Register Sites in Parks

Key Dates

American Legion Post 41 (adobe structure)

1948 (CD)

Coronado Park (park buildings)

1936-1939 (PS)

Eastlake Park (amphitheater & pump house)

1890-1956 (PS)

Encanto Park

1935-1956 (PS)

Papago Park

1932-1946 (PS)

Sachs-Webster Farmstead

ca. 1909 (CD)

South Mountain Park & Preserve

1933-1942 (PS)

Verde Park Pumphouse

1938 (CD)

Carnegie Library and Park

1908 (CD)

Heritage Square/Rosson House

1895-1920 (PS)

Phoenix Indian School

1891-1931 (PS)

Pioneer Cemetery/Smurthwaite House

1880-1914 (PS)

Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park

AD 500-1941 (PS)

Tovrea Castle & Carraro Cactus Garden

1928-1930 (CD)

Arizona Museum

1927 (CD)

Duppa-Montgomery Adobe

ca. 1895 (CD)

Grant Park

1934 (CD)

Harmon Park

1927 (CD)

Matthew Henson Public Housing Project

1940-1941 (PS)

N. Central Streetscape/Murphy Bridle Path

1895-1951 (PS)

Norton House

1912-1913 (CD)

Rancho Ko-Mat-Ke/Circle K Park

ca. 1935 (CD)

University Park Bath House & Pumphouse

1934, 1936 (CD)

CD = Construction Date; PS = Period of Significance.

Phoenix seeks public input on parks & preserves, Aug. 27

Eastlake Park, Phoenix, AZ[Source: City of Phoenix] — The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department seeks residents’ input on the future direction of the city’s parks and desert preserves.  Those interested in weighing in can attend one of ten public meetings held throughout the city from late June through August.  Those unable to attend a meeting can participate online; the department has posted background information and an online survey on the department Web site.

The City created this public involvement process in response to the overwhelming May 20 voter approval of the reauthorization of the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative.  For the past nine years the Initiative, using a one-tenth of one cent sales tax, has raised more than $200 million to fund the construction and improvement of parks throughout the city and the addition of thousands of acres of desert land to the city’s preserve system.  In the May 20 vote, voters approved a 30-year extension of the program, which was set to expire next year.

The public involvement process will allow residents to set priorities for park and preserve development and improvement over the coming years.  When the process is complete, Parks and Recreation Department staff will use the results to develop a proposal and recommendations for consideration by the Parks and Recreation Board and ultimately, the City Council, which will approve a final plan. 

The public meeting closest to residents living in and around downtown Phoenix is Wednesday, August 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.

Those wanting general information on the public process can call 602-262-6862.  General information also is available on the department Web site.