Things to Know When Moving to Phoenix Arizona
Arizona consistently ranks high for states that receive many new residents relocating from other states. I relocated almost 25 years ago and suddenly finding myself in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the US, There was a lot to get use to. Here are some things that those moving to Phoenix should know.
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Recreational Paths And Trails Along The SRP Canals
If you’ve ever looked for a safe and leisurely place to go for a walk or ride a bike without the risk of competing on busy streets with cars and trucks, consider the recreational paths and trails along the SRP canals. Throughout the valley Salt River Project (SRP) manages 131 miles canals that provide over 1 million acre feet of water annually to the Phoenix metro area.
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Gilbert Regional Park
The 272 acre regional park in south Gilbert opened it’s doors to the intial 30 acre phase on Sept. 21, 2019. The completion of Gilbert’s regional park that will include a water park with a sand beach, surf lagoon, and swimming areas is slated for 2021.
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What is there to do on a hot summer day?
When it’s 110 degrees in the summer what else can you do besides jumping in the pool again? With some embarrassment we decided to try tubing down the Salt River after having lived here for more than two decades. Isn’t that the way it goes, you don’t take advantage of the cool things that are in your own backyard. I fell into that category recently. I had never gone tubing down the Salt River, so when one of our sons who grew up here came to visit we decided we might as well give it a try.
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Riverview Park in Mesa is Impressive
Does 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. Continue reading “Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. – A Premier Park”
TopGolf facility comes to Gilbert
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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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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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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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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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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