Daily Archives: October 26, 2008

$300 million recommended to spend on Phoenix parks, land

Rendering of Downtown Civic Space, Phoenix

[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — City officials will spend nearly $300 million on land acquisition and park development in the next five years under a proposal recommended recently by the Parks and Recreation Board. The funds, which come from voters’ extension of the Parks and Preserve Initiative earlier this year, will be split almost evenly between acquiring preserve land and developing and improving parks.

Parks due to see funding from the initiative’s passage include:

  • Downtown Civic Space
  • Steele Indian School Park
  • Papago Park
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Reach 11 Recreation Area
  • Rose Mofford Sports Complex
  • Unnamed park at 51st and Sweetwater avenues

The parks board recommends eliminating a $2 million appropriation for acquisition of Pioneer Living History Village in far north Phoenix. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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On Nov. 15, volunteer for “A Day for Downtown Phoenix”

The ninth annual A Day for Downtown will mobilize more than 900 corporate and community citizens in a rewarding day of service to benefit the downtown Phoenix community.  Presented by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, and the Phoenix Community Alliance, A Day for Downtown revitalizes and beautifies the Phoenix downtown area neighborhoods.

Organizers and sponsors hope to showcase the needs of local organizations, schools, and neighborhoods to local businesses and community members; beautify and revitalize downtown sites and neighborhoods; strengthen community partnerships; and instill a renewed sense of pride in the downtown Phoenix area.

  • Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
  • Time: Hands-On Community Service Projects: 8 a.m. to Noon; Lunch and Celebration: Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Place: Revitalization projects will take place in the downtown area defined by the following boundaries: Glendale Ave. to Baseline, 43rd Ave. to 44th St.

Platinum City Sponsors include: Accenture, One North Central, Wells Fargo, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance, and HandsOn Greater Phoenix.  To volunteer or for more information, call 602-973-2212 or visit the HandsOn Greater Phoenix website.