Daily Archives: October 19, 2010

Want to see a Dog Park in Downtown Phoenix? Then Read This and Act!

Downtown Phoenix‘s St Croix Villas needs your help.  If you like any of the following things, you’ll want to help them:

  • Downtown Vibrancy
  • Pedestrianism
  • Community
  • Dogs


In Phoenix the dogs to humans ratio is slightly more than one dog to every two humans — the Phoenix human population is 1,512,986 and the Phoenix dog population Is 768,000 (according to “Dog Fancy Magazine“).

There are only 5 dog parks in Phoenix. The closest one to downtown is Steele Indian School Park.  Dogs cannot travel on the Light Rail.

Information Session

The  “Ramada Inn Dog Park Endeavor”  will be discussed at Thursday’s (Oct 21st) Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition meeting. The meeting will be at 1817 N 7th St. at 7 p.m. (Phoenix Elementary School District offices, N.E. corner).


Public Hearing

St Croix Villas is challenging the Zoning Hearing Officer’s decision to turn the site of the historic Ramada Inn into a temporary parking lot. The “Notice of Public Hearing” for November 4th at 12:00 is attached.

Notice of Public Hearing


Here is the text of the peition that St Croix Villas is circulating.

Dog_Park_Petition (.doc)

“I, the undersigned, hereby petition the Phoenix City Council to create a public dog park on the northern half of the block formerly filled by the Ramada Inn Phoenix Downtown, a 300 ft x 300 ft property at 401 NORTH FIRST ST., PHOENIX, AZ 85004. The parking lot currently planned to fill this property will add to Phoenix’ heat island effect and will encourage more and excessive downtown automobile traffic. Our property values, and the desirability of our community, are based on both the current and potential ‘pedestrianism’ of downtown.  A new 90,000 sq. ft. parking lot is not needed and will reduce the value of our property and all downtown properties. A dog park balancing a smaller parking lot will mitigate these effects.”

If you would like to see a dog park instead of another parking lot in downtown Phoenix, please print it out and circulate it amongst your office, neighborhood,  friends and/or family.

Contact Sean SweatYuri Artibise, or the DVC to submit completed petitions



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City to use downtown Phoenix’s Rosson House to host visitors

[Source: Emily Gersema, The Arizona Republic]




The historic Rosson House at Sixth and Monroe streets in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage Square has been a museum for several years, and city officials have found yet another purpose for it.

The Victorian house was recently designated a “protocol house” by the City Council. This special designation means that city officials can bring officials who are visiting Phoenix to small meetings or receptions at the house.

This is the city’s first protocol house. City leaders chose the house because it is secure, comfortable, a symbol of Phoenix history, and close to City Hall and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Councilman Tom Simplot, who represents District 4, supports historic preservation and had been a key proponent of the protocol house idea.

“It’s a great way to leverage public and private resources,” Simplot said.

Officials have said no extra city funding is needed to use the house for this purpose.

A timeline based on Rosson House Museum information is below.


The house is designed by A.P. Petit for Dr. Roland Lee Rosson, who became mayor in 1895, the year he and his wife, Flora, moved in. Construction costs $7,525.


The Rossons move after selling the home to local merchant and legislator Aaron Goldberg.


After the house has changed hands several times, the city buys it for $74,425. The house is designated Arizona’s Bicentennial Meeting House by the state Bicentennial Commission.


The Junior League of Phoenix reaches an agreement with the city, Rosson House Restoration Board and M.M. Sundt Construction Co. to restore the home’s interior. .


The house is opened to the public.


The house turns 100.


The house is designated as a protocol house for officials visiting from out of town.

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9th Annual “Fire & Life Safety Day,” October 25-27

More than 1,500 students and their families are being transported from all over Phoenix to participate in the Phoenix Fire Department’s 9th Annual “Fire and Life Safety Day.”

This interactive event includes live rescue demonstrations, fire mascots, a health and wellness event, the mobile safety house and live music from singing Firefighter Billy Scott.  See fire truck displays and get a ride on a real fire truck.


WHAT: 9th Annual “Fire & Life Safety Day”

WHEN: Media Event on Oct. 26, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. Kids There Oct. 25 – 27, 2010 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Encanto Park, 15th Avenue just West of Encanto (Park next to Enchanted Island)

CONTACT: Captain Jay Arthur, Phoenix Fire Department 602-518-6008

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