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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:49 pm | Updated: 4:57 pm, Mon Sep 29, 2014.

The Greater Phoenix Pond Society is bringing its Phoenix Pond Tour to the Valley, highlighting a couple of homes in Ahwatukee Foothills this weekend.

The free, self-guided tour will be hosted at pond society members’ homes tomorrow, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ahwatukee residents Rod and Pamela Brooks have one of the biggest ponds on the tour with a 12,000-gallon pool remodeled into a pond at their home near 34th Street and Chandler Boulevard.

It took Brooks nearly a year to complete the revamping of his swimming pool that sits on the side of his home. Going with a “Mediterranean” feel, Brooks has nearly 60 koi fish and about 20 large goldfish in the pond surrounded by plants.

Brooks also has a 10-foot dock expanding out onto the pond, a fountain, small waterfall, and canopies providing shade.

In their second year of participating in the tour, Brooks said having a pond like that has always been an interest of his.

“It’s a lot of work, but we’re anticipating a lot of people, it’s pretty cool,” he said.

Fellow Ahwatukee residents, Tom and Carla Briggs, are another stop on the tour near 40th Street and Pecos Road. The Briggs’ pond is nearly 5,200 gallons and features about 20 koi fish among 10 Mesquite trees, nine citrus trees, and an array of plants and flowers that attract butterflies and dragon flies. The yard also has a large tree house.

Vice president of the society, Ria Karsten, has been a member for about 10 years, and said the event is a great way to get inspired.

“A lot of people are interested in building ponds and attend to get new ideas,” she said. “It’s just great fun to see the backyards and landscaping.”

For more information about the Greater Phoenix Pond Society, or for a map of the tour, visit phoenixponds.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of their Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School Principal Mike Deignan poses with students in front of the school sign that is advertising their “A” rating.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of their Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

According to its website, the name of the school is derived from the Akimel O’odham meaning, “Children of the River.”

The school houses just fewer than 1,100 students.

Principal Mike Deignan said the school offers different sport activities and a learning lab before school starts, which offers students time before school to seek extra help with work completion or tutoring.

“That keeps our students involved with a lot of things, between the sports and the learning lab,” Deignan said.

For more information, visit www.kyrene.org/aki.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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