Category Archives: Fitness and Recreation

Hance Park Festival, March 27

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Hance Park Master Plan Community Meeting, Jan. 22

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Roosevelt Row Street Design & Public Art Meeting, Sept. 20

Pedal Craft returns to downtown Phoenix on Sept. 28

Marathon runners ready to take over the Valley

[Source: Brien McElhattenABC15]

The training is over and the carbohydrate loading begins ahead of the 2011 PF Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon.

More than 30,000 runners from every state and several foreign countries will set off on either a 26.2-mile or a 13.1-mile run. The route snakes its way from downtown Phoenix through Scottsdale and ends at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

“It’s running for a reason,” said marathon spokeswoman Rachelle Bergland. “It’s not just the running, you have another reason to go.”

In fact there are 13 charitable reasons to run. Valley charities have recruited runners for the big race.

They’re also benefiting from another event, the Mayor’s Run. Hosted by Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, he and 300 runners have raised $574,000 for those charities in just five years.

“Sure, we get a lot of weight loss, but it’s about committment,” said Hallman. “You commit to support a cause and raise money for these charities.”

One participant has lost 60 pounds training for the race, another lost 240 pounds throughout the whole process.

Registration for the PF Chang’s Marathon continues through Saturday at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center. Registration is $145.00 for the full and half marathon.

Six new restaurants join downtown Phoenix CityScape project

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Six restaurants, two boutiques, and a law firm will join a $900 million project that is under construction in downtown Phoenix.  CityScape is a cluster of businesses that will include an office tower, shops, eateries, a hotel, and 165 condos.  The first parts of the project are expected to open in Spring 2010.  The project is bordered by First Avenue, Second Street, Washington Street, and Jefferson Street.

Today, developer RED Development LLC, announced that a 27-story CityScape office building had reached a key construction milestone.  The tower has topped out, which means that it has reached its final height of 368 feet.  The developer also revealed the names of several restaurants that will lease space in the project.  They are:

  • An Asian noodle shop, and a Mexican style restaurant by chef Aaron May.  May has had a hand in several Valley establishments, including Sol y Sombra and Autostrada.
  • A breakfast restaurant.  Kyle Shivers, plans to open a second branch of his popular Scottsdale breakfast and lunch spot, The Breakfast Club.
  • Blu Burger Grille, a restaurant that boasts a “unique, high quality burger experience.”  The business has four metro Phoenix locations.
  • Press Coffee, a local coffee, food, and wine shop.
  • Mojo, a yogurt shop.

Two clothing stores – Scottsdale-based Designer District and fashion boutique Republic of Couture – will open locations in CityScape, RED officials said.  Law firm Gus Rosenfeld has also joined the project, they added.  Other businesses have already announced plans to open CityScape shops. That includes restaurateur Sam Fox, who plans to create a Beverly Hills-style chop house, grocery store AJ’s Fine Foods, CVS/Pharmacy, Urban Outfitters, and Gold’s Gym.  [Note: Read the full article at Six new restaurants join downtown Phoenix CityScape project]

How to register for Phoenix Parks and Recreation summer programs

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Parents will soon be approaching crunch time for finding ways to keep kids active, engaged, and safe through the summer break.  The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering a host of full-day, drop-in recreation programs, classes, sports leagues, and instruction for summer, all of which is viewable online here.  Parents also can sign up for the department’s e-mail newsline for regular alerts about upcoming registration dates and deadlines.  When registration opens at 10:30 a.m. on April 25, participants can sign up for programs online with a major credit card from any Internet-connected computer.

  • Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. on May 2 for swim classes and aquatics programs at the 21 city pools open this summer.
  • In addition to dozens of sites for our full-day Phoenix Afterschool Center program, many community centers will be hosting full-day, structured recreation programs.  Parents can choose from a number of options –- from four-week programs to full summer, ten-week programs.  Prices vary but generally average about $30 a week.
  • New for this year, city of Phoenix golf courses will be hosting weeks-long golf clinics to introduce Phoenix youth to the great game of golf.  The clinics will be low-cost, intensive clinics that will get kids ready to head out on the course.
  • Parents also can choose from among dozens of community center-based general interest classes from dance, to music to visual arts as well as basketball and other sports leagues and instructional clinics.
  • Adults aren’t left out and can choose from the same number of high quality, low cost programs.

All registration periods begin at 10:30 a.m.  Program schedules and registration information are in the Classes and Programs link here.  For general information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 602-262-6862

Internet mapping services work to lay out Phoenix walking routes

As noted in an Associated Press article reprinted in Sunday’s Arizona Republic, Internet mapping services are working to lay out the best biking and walking routes. 

For example, if you visit Google Maps, click on “Get Directions,” and type in a Start Address and End Address, up pops two alternatives: By Car and Walking.  Click on Walking and the “most direct” route (distance and time) will be shown.  It’s also noted that “Walking directions are in beta.  Use caution when walking in unfamiliar areas.” 

Okay, that’s a start.  Now if Google Mappers could only show where shade trees, awnings, and overhead misters are located in hot, hot, hot cities like Phoenix, that may adjust your route!

Phoenicians are fit at #11

Phoenicians out for a hike[Source: Project for Livable Communities] — Phoenix ranks #11 in a recent scientific analysis of sixteen cities by the American College of Sports Medicine.  The results, which have San Francisco as the fittest big city in the U.S., were announced at the group’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.  Read all about it in Nancy Hellmich’s USA Today article.