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The W.P. Carey School of Business’ February housing report reveals that new home sales are showing the largest percentage price increase in all three measures over the last year for the greater Phoenix area.
The Valley’s recent surge of warm weather is bringing people outdoors more and the city of Phoenix parks and recreation department is looking to capitalize.
As many as 60 cars line the sides of Chandler Boulevard near 19th Avenue and the adjacent residential streets on many weekend mornings.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free family “Day at Hance Park” celebration on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to take free tours of the park’s cultural facilities including the Japanese Friendship Garden and Irish Cultural Center, learn about coming classes, programs and events and enjoy demonstrations and interactive displays.
The Phoenix Mountain Preservation Council (PMPC) will take members of the public on a hike in South Mountain Preserve Saturday, Jan. 18 to a peak with a view of the area the South Mountain Freeway is expected to go.
As part of the FitPHX program, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will be enhancing walking paths at eight city parks, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Coca-Cola of Arizona. The grant also will help pilot a new walking program at sites around the city.
The city’s Public Works Department offers Phoenix residents a green way to take down their Christmas trees. Trees can be dropped off for recycling at any of the participating Phoenix parks anytime between Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC), located at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, is on the verge of shutting down due to a decrease on enrollment.
Parents and kids interested in youth sports can join a free day of play Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s expanded “Phoenix Plays” youth sports programs for kids ages 3 to 12. The free celebration, at the city’s Rose Mofford Sports Complex, 9833 N. 25th Ave., will offer free sports clinics, demonstrations and information booths on fitness and wellness, as well as games and prizes. The event is part of the city’s FitPHX initiative.
Ahwatukee Foothills was hit hard by heavy rain and strong winds on Monday night. The 100 mph winds left trees down and more than 4,800 people without power for about three hours on July 15.
City of Phoenix offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
The city of Phoenix has come up with a solution to the parking problem at the end of Chandler Boulevard that could be completed by the end of the summer.
I received a postcard in the mail several weeks ago announcing a public hearing on May 21 to provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Study on the proposed South Mountain Freeway. None of my neighbors received the same postcard when I talked to them. Why were some of the public left out of the mailing? They may not have been informed of this public hearing, but I have comments to make.
As temperatures keep creeping into the triple digits this week, public pools around Ahwatukee Foothills are starting their summer sessions to keep kids cool.
"When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child’s mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family’s life.” Michigan Department of Education – Parent Involvement Fact Sheet.
Hiking trails built in South Mountain won’t be destroyed by the South Mountain Freeway but many hikers fear they will never be the same.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in city mountain and desert preserves effective Monday, May 13. In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increasing temperatures and frequent high winds creates each spring. Additional information on the ban is available online at phoenix.gov/parks.
Trees in the city of Phoenix provide $9.4 million in annual benefit to residents in air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics, according to the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.
Registration opens April 27 at 10:30 a.m. for Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department summer programs including full-day supervised recreation programs at 13 sites to keep kids engaged, active and safe over the summer break. The full-day programs will start June 3 and run through the end of July. In addition to the full-day programs, centers also are offering a large selection of general interest classes and sports programs. Many smaller centers also are offering free, drop-in programs during the summer.
The public got its first opportunity Monday to travel on an automated inter-terminal train at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The city of Phoenix is celebrating Valley Bike Month throughout April with a variety of activities intended to get residents out on their bikes to share in the experience of cycling throughout the city. In partnership with Valley Metro, the city is encouraging seasoned cyclists and those new to biking to give it a try at one of these events:
Bicyclists will have a chance to speak directly to city staff and offer suggestions for improving biking in Phoenix during the District 6 Bike Summit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pecos Park Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Room 3.
The Phoenix Public Transit Department is asking the public for feedback on proposed bus service changes to several Valley Metro bus routes operated by the city of Phoenix. If adopted by the Phoenix City Council, the proposed bus service changes would go into effect July 22.
Everest University Online and Everest College Phoenix recently presented the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department with a donation of $5,000 for its Phoenix Afterschool Program. The Phoenix Afterschool Program is an affordable after-school recreation and enrichment program in many locations throughout the city.
There still is plenty of time to register for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s full schedule of winter/spring 2012-13 classes and sports programs. In addition to its popular general interest classes, the department also is offering an expanded selection of youth sports programs and leagues. The department’s sports leagues and clinics are designed as a low-cost way to introduce kids to organized sports in a fun environment in which everyone plays. Sports leagues and clinics are available throughout the city. Registration is available online from the Classes and Programs link at phoenix.gov/parks.