[Source: Lynh Bui, Arizona Republic] — One of Phoenix’s former top executives will soon start working for Scottsdale. David E. Richert will become general manager of Scottsdale’s planning and development department Monday. Richert has more than three decades of municipal planning and management experience, most recently as senior executive assistant to [Frank Fairbanks], Phoenix city manager. In that role, Richert oversaw several major projects, including the completion of the Phoenix Convention Center and acquisition of state lands for the Sonoran Preserve in Phoenix… Richert takes the place of Frank Gray, who resigned in June and is now the community and economic development director for Salt Lake City. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
On May 20, 2008, a special election in the City of Phoenix will be held. The campaign for the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative is in full swing.
For the past 10 years, Phoenix voters have invested in outdoor places through the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative. Initiated and passed by 80 percent of Phoenix voters in 1999, the Initiative has raised over $220 million to build new parks, improve community parks, and purchase pristine Sonoran desert preserve land. Investments made possible include:
- Community and Neighborhood Parks: Established or renovated 52 playgrounds, 23 shade structures, 35 armadas, 14 restrooms, new sports lighting at 30 parks and 19 fields, and accessibility modifications at more than 25 parks.
- Regional Parks: Developed regional parks, including Paseo Highlands, Steele Indian School, Desert West, Pecos Park, Cesar Chavez Park, as well as the Cave Creek Recreational Area and Camelback Ranch.
- Sonoran Preserve: Purchased 3,759 acres of Arizona State Trust Land, with another 650-acre acquisition planned for this year.
Current funding expires next year, and due to significant population growth and urban sprawl the need for parks and the need to preserve precious parts of our natural desert environment are only growing. Supporters of the Initiative encourage Phoenix voters to vote “yes” on Proposition A.
Learn more about the Initiative by visiting www.phxparks.com.