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When it rains in the Valley, do you know where the stormwater runoff goes? The answer may surprise you.
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Visitors to Chandler’s popular Paseo Vista Recreational Area will encounter construction activity over the next five months. The work is associated with a $1.3 million project to improve the drainage system. The 64-acre recreational area is located on the northwest corner of McQueen and Ocotillo roads atop Chandler’s former landfill, which closed in 2005.
 
The landfill was transformed into a recreational area in 2009, but over the past six years several areas along the slopes of the site have eroded during storm events. The drainage system has been redesigned to better control stormwater runoff. The construction project will remove and relocate some of the existing rock channels and rock filled gabion baskets and install new concrete channels and stormwater piping. Ground compaction and the application of new groundcover also will occur.
 
The construction will be coordinated with the City’s Parks Division to minimize impact on recreational use while maintaining public safety. The archery range and frisbee golf course may be closed for short periods of time to accommodate the work, along with the southbound curb lane of McQueen Road during installation of a concrete channel. 
 
The work is being performed by Redpoint Contracting of Phoenix and is to be completed by Labor Day.
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#Chandler was named the 13th Best City for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in a recent study from WalletHub.com: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-st-patricks-day-celebrations/19603/
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Join Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny for a bike ride along the scenic Paseo Trail during the Annual Family Bike Ride scheduled for 8 a.m., Saturday, April 9.

The 7.4-mile ride is held in conjunction with Valley Bike Month (April) and will start at Chandler’s Park & Ride lot, 2100 S. Hamilton St., and travel the Paseo Trail along the Consolidated Canal to Crossbow Park and back.

The event is free and participants will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last, along with information about bicycle safety, transit services and related topics. Pre-registration can be accomplished online at chandleraz.gov/transit until noon, Thursday, April 7, or the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. at the Chandler Park & Ride lot on the southwest corner of Germann and Hamilton streets. All riders must wear helmets.
For more information, contact Ann Marie Riley at 480-782-3442 or annmarie.riley@chandleraz.gov.
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A preliminary design for widening portions of Queen Creek and Cooper roads will be discussed at public meetings to be held Thursday, March 3, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Cotton Room North, 745 E. Germann Rd., in Chandler.
 
The meetings will be held back-to- back and discuss specific elements of the project. Improvements specific to Cooper Road between Queen Creek Road and Nightingale Lane will be discussed at 6 p.m., and improvements specific to Queen Creek Road will be discussed at 6:45 p.m.
 
Design continues for the project, which will widen Cooper Road to four lanes and Queen Creek Road to six lanes, including bike lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm drains, street lighting, traffic signals, landscaping, irrigation and utility relocations.
For more information, call the Project Hotline at 480-898-4060. The project will be forwarded to the City Council for construction approval upon completion of design. If approved for construction, the project is expected to commence in mid-to-late 2017.
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Chandler’s Planning & Zoning Commission will hold two public hearings next month on Chandler’s draft General Plan.

The first hearing will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road. A second hearing will occur at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in the City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St.

The public is encouraged to attend the hearings and provide comment on the plan, a document that establishes land use policies that guide growth and land development.

State law requires cities to readopt or update their General Plans at least once every 10 years. The current General Plan was adopted by the City Council and ratified by voters in 2008. The City started the process of updating the General Plan well before the 2018 deadline in order to review and refine key corridors prior to build-out. Areas of focus include the municipal airport, the Price Road Corridor, and potential redevelopment along North Arizona Avenue, among others.

A draft of the updated plan is available for public review online at chandleraz.gov/GPupdate and at Chandler libraries, the Transportation & Development Office and the City Clerk’s Office.

Comments can be submitted online via the website, emailed to david.delatorre@chandleraz.gov, or mailed to the City’s Planning Division, c/o David de la Torre, Mail Stop 105, P.O. Box 4008, Chandler, AZ 85244-4008.

The City Council will consider approval of the plan at an April 14 public hearing and, if approved, call for a public vote on the plan at the August 30 primary election. 
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The Easter Bunny is making an egg-citing return to Chandler for the City’s annual Family Easter Celebration on Saturday, March 26. The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Snedigar Sportsplex in south Chandler with some of the Valley’s most enthusiastic Easter Egg Scrambles starting at 10:30 a.m. for kids up to nine years of age. A Family Easter Basket giveaway occurs at 11:30 a.m. before the event concludes at Noon.

The event is free, with minimal charges for some interactive children’s activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. In addition to the egg hunts, there will be information booths, displays, art and take-home crafts, interactive amusements and performances.

A coloring contest for kids also has prizes in several age groups.The coloring contest forms need to be picked up in advance at any Chandler community or recreation center and the finished design returned to the City by March 18 for judging. The winners will be announced at the March 26 event.

The Snedigar Sportsplex is at 4500 S. Basha Rd., and parking also is accessible from Alma School Road.
For more information, call the City Special Event Line at 480-782-2735 or go to chandleraz.gov/special-events.
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#Chandler is the first city in Arizona to test Google’s self-driving cars
  
The City of Chandler has been selected by Google as the next testing location for its self-driving car project. Four test cars already have hit the streets of Chandler to create a detailed map of the streets as well as get more experience driving in desert conditions. Residents can expect to see test cars as Google continues to prepare for the unveiling of its self-driving cars.
 
“I’m honored that Google selected Chandler as the first city in Arizona to continue testing its self-driving cars project,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Google is a perfect fit; adding to our growing list of technology companies doing business in Chandler. This decision by Google cements our reputation as the premiere innovation and technology hub of the Southwest.”
 
Google's testing will begin in Chandler and expand to other parts of the Phoenix metro area, making it the fourth location in the country to host a testing program. Testing fleets are currently in the cities of Mountain View, Calif., Austin, Texas and Kirkland, Wash.
 
For more information on how the car works, residents may visit google.com/selfdrivingcar. Residents also can share feedback on how the cars are driving and how they would like to use a self-driving car.
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Looking for a way to give back and assist those in need? The City of Chandler is looking for volunteers to assist with its annual “Let’s Pull Together” community service events, which are held every Saturday during the month of April (April 2, 9, 16 and 23). The initiative helps beautify Chandler neighborhoods during the weed season.

Volunteers are assigned to help remove weeds from alleys and public areas as well as assist seniors and disabled residents with their front yard maintenance. Senior or disabled residents who need assistance with weed removal are encouraged to contact the City’s Neighborhood Program’s Office at 480-782-4354.

Chandler residents are requested to report properties and public areas with weeds. To make a report, call 480-782-4320 or complete an online form at chandleraz.gov/forms/sr.aspx. Residents also have the option to make a report using the free “Chandler PublicStuff”mobile app.


If you are interested in volunteering or know someone in need of assistance, contact Cristabel Dykstra with the City’s Neighborhood Programs Office at 480-782-4354 or email cristabel.dykstra@chandleraz.gov.
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Improvements to McQueen Road in south Chandler will be the subject of a public meeting to be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Chandler’s Hamilton Branch Library, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue. 

Construction is about to begin on the final leg of McQueen Road to be improved in south Chandler; the two-lane segment between Chandler Heights and Riggs Road. The roadway is bordered on the west by the Paseo Crossings and Rockwood Estates neighborhoods and on the east primarily by unincorporated areas. 

The City has been widening McQueen south of the Santan Freeway over the past decade. The upcoming project will take approximately $4 million and eight months to complete and will widen the roadway to four lanes, plus bike lanes, turn lanes, landscaped medians, street lighting, storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks and the extension of underground water, sewer and reclaimed water lines. 

Grey Mountain Construction, LLC, was awarded the construction contract, of which $3 million comes from a federal grant. Traffic volumes on the current roadway average 8,300 vehicles per weekday at the southern end and increase to 28,000 vehicles daily at the point where McQueen reaches the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.

Information about the project will be available online in late March at McQueenRoadChandler.com and a 24-hour hotline (602-750-7139) has been established for persons having questions or concerns during construction.
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Chandler is seeking resourceful, inventive and style-savvy fashion designers to enter the City’s 2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show.

The runway show at Chandler Fashion Center on May 21 will feature wearable fashion created from materials that might otherwise end up in the trash. Chandler residents or students that attend a Chandler school have until April 29 to register. Registration forms and more information are available at chandleraz.gov/recycle.

A combination of trash and fashion, the Trashion Fashion Show will provide participants with an opportunity to use their design skills to create and exhibit a garment created from discarded materials. Designers can choose to wear their garment in the show, or select a model.

At least 75 percent of a garment must be made from recyclable or reused materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. Participants must be residents of Chandler. Twenty-five entries will be accepted in three age categories; ages 10-13, 14-17 and 18-plus.

Chandler’s Solid Waste Services Division is organizing the event. Persons interested in assisting, mentoring or inspiring young designers should contact traci.conaway@chandleraz.gov or call 480-782-3525. In addition, prize donations are being accepted from local businesses.
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A colorful banner along McQueen Road in south Chandler beckons drivers to park their cars and go cycling at Chandler’s Tennis Center where 15 new spin bikes adorn an indoor cycling studio.

The program is among the more than 50 group fitness and indoor cycling classes offered by Chandler’s Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC). Instructors coach and motivate each “spinner,” but participants determine their own pace and dictate the intensity of their ride.

Morning-only cycling classes are held Wednesday and Saturday and morning and evening classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Single-day passes are available for as little as $2 for youth, $4 for adults and $3 for teens and seniors. 

Non-residents pay a couple dollars more, which remains a bargain given that pass holders can access dozens of other fitness classes and activities in addition to indoor cycling. A discounted Punch Pass good for 10 visits, plus monthly and annual passes, also is available.

So whether you like churnin’ and burnin’, or just limbering up, Chandler’s indoor cycling class invites you to park your car and jump on a bike as a great way to stay active while having fun. For more information, contact Vickie at 480-782-2907.
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