Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. – A Premier Park

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Riverview Park in Mesa is Impressive

Riverview Splash padDoes it make sense to take children to the park in Phoenix when its 105 degrees?  Only if there’s a splash pad!   That was the temperature when the picture to the right was taken at Riverview Park in Mesa.  That didn’t seem to bother the children playing in the water and the parents who didn’t need to work about their safety as they would in a regular pool. Riverview is one of many parks in the Phoenix area that use splash pads to help Phoenicians endure the summer heat.  In fact, the splash pad, open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. is just one of the many attractions in this highly rated  public park in Mesa.  To find out what other features make this a top public park and probably the best park in Mesa, read on. Read the rest of this entry

Categories: Mesa, Recreation

Gilbert Az. golf driving range goes high tech

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TopGolf facility comes  to GilbertTop Golf Front

This 65,000 sq.ft. golf attraction that covers 15 acres in south Gilbert is probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  Its been described as a blend of golf, bowling and darts. Its much more than a driving range with its micro-chipped golf balls and high tech targets.   Located in southeast Gilbert along the 202 Santan Freeway it is easily accessible from anywhere in the southeast valley.

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Categories: Gilbert, Recreation

Urban Fishing in many Phoenix cities

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Arizona Urban Fishing Program

If you love to fish but just can’t find the time to leave town, the Fish and Game Department in partnership with the local Parks and Recreation Departments may have solution.  It is a nationally recognized program where 21 local Urban Fishing Program lakes and ponds in 11 Arizona cities are stocked with trout, catfish and sunfish. The thought behind this is if people can’t get out of town to fish, we will bring fish into town for the people.

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Categories: Phoenix, Recreation

What’s going on in your Phoenix waterfront lake?

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 What kind of fish are in Phoenix man made lakes?

When it comes to maintaining the lakes in Phoenix lake communities, is it done by chemicals or is there a more ecologically balanced way to take care of the lakes?  Dumping chemicals into lakes is expensive and the results are short lived.  The more environmentally friendly solution involves choosing specific species of fish that address the needs of urban man made lakes at a fraction of the costs of chemicals.  You may even call them “utility fish” because of their utilitarian function of keeping the lakes ecologically maintained.

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Categories: General Waterfront Info, Recreation, Tempe

Southeast Valley Recreational Centers in Gilbert and Chandler

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Gilbert and Chandler Recreation Centers

Now that school is out, finding activities for children and teenagers who now have more time on their hands can be a daunting challenge.  It’s not like you can say “go outside and play or ride you bike”.  If they do in typical summer time 110 degree weather,  they may not make it back.  Read on to find out about some of the recreational centers and public pools available in Gilbert and Chandler.

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Categories: Chandler, Gilbert, Recreation

Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K in Mesa

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Early Morning Run in Perfect Weather at Shun The Sun Race

On November 12th about 1,000 runners gathered at the Hohokam Stadium, the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs, to participate in the third annual Shun the Sun 5K, 10K, and half marathon.  The purpose for the race is to raise awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention.  My purpose for attending the race was to be the cheer leader for my wife Chris who ran the half-marathon (13.1 miles).  The weather was perfect, overcast and 55 degrees at the 7:00 a.m. start time.

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Categories: Mesa, Recreation

What are the on-going costs of a pool in Phoenix?

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The on-going monthly cost of an Arizona private poolbackyard-pool-and-lake-in-pinelakes

When a client asks what is the on-going operating cost of a private pool, I struggle to offer a precise answer.  The upfront cost to install a private pool can be determined after a 30 minute consultation with one of the many pool builders in the Phoenix area. But what are the daily operating costs that  a homeowner can expect?   For luxury homes, a well appointed private pool can be a standard expectation.  A family with children may look to a private backyard pool as a essential activity for the children during the 100+ degree summer days common to Phoenix.  So what is the day to day cost of this hydrated desert amenity?

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Categories: Recreation, Waterfront / Lakefront Community

Downtown Historic Gilbert: The Heritage District

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Historic Downtown Gilbert

The Heritage District encompasses 0.3 square miles (192 acres) of downtown Gilbert. The vision for the downtown Heritage District is a family-friendly, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use development.  This is supported by the Redevelopment Plan and the Heritage District Design Guidelines. Here’s a look at what has happened in downtown Gilbert.

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Categories: Entertainment, Food/Restaurant, Gilbert, Recreation

Things to do in Gilbert, Az.

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 Gilbert – A popular east valley community

Gilbert is known for many things.  A safe community with a family friendly atmosphere.  A  great place to raise children with a high quality of life.  A growing community with  highly rated schools.  Good freeway access to Phoenix and surrounding areas.  Affordable homes including waterfront and lake communities and award winning hospitals.   All in all, Gilbert is one of the most desireable towns in the Phoenix valley.   For a sample of some of the things that make Gilbert such a popluar community, read on.

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Categories: Entertainment, Food/Restaurant, Freestone Park, Gilbert, Recreation, Relocation

Tumbleweed Park – One of Chandler’s Best

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 Chandler Az. Regional Park is loaded with things to do!

Of the more than 50 parks in Chandler,  Tumbleweed Park and Recreational Center is one of Chandler’s largest and best parks,  located at 2250 S. McQueen at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann Rd.  The Recreation Center features an indoor track, a gymnasium, raquetball courts, a fitness center and exercise rooms, computer labs, and art and ceramic studios.

Satellite view of Tumbleweed Park

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Categories: Chandler, Recreation


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