Talk about milestone events for April in just the first week alone! April 1 marked the one-year countdown to Census Day, which takes place nationwide once every 10 years. Between now and April 1, 2020, when Census Day occurs, we all need to get the word out about the importance of participation and of an accurate population count. An accurate population count helps improve the quality of life for our citizens through critical federal funding for services and programs. There are serious dollars at stake at the local and regional level that could help our community. As Avondale continues to grow, it is important that every household in our community participates, to be counted to ensure that our city receives its fair share of the $657 billion in federal funds that are distributed to states, counties, cities and towns across the country. For additional information on the Census 2020, visit census.gov.

Speaking of growth, Avondale celebrated the ground breaking of a new master-planned community on April 4. Alamar, a 1,130-acre development, will bring more than 3,500 home sites at buildout. Located on the southwest corner of Broadway Road and Avondale Boulevard, this parcel was owned and farmed by the Lakin family for nearly 100 years. As the Arizona Department of Transportation plans for State Route 30, which will connect Loop 303 and Loop 202 south of Interstate 10, Alamar will be the gateway to southern Avondale, and serve as a housing development attraction for the companies that choose Avondale and the West Valley for their new corporate locations. Additionally, this massive residential project in Avondale will also feature a new 30-acre regional community park which will be owned and maintained by the city and will be accessible to the public. The first phase of the project, which will consist of over 450 homes and four small neighborhood parks, is set to open at the end of 2020.

April also marked 10 years of an innovative partnership of providing human services at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center in Historic Avondale, with a celebration held on April 10.  The resource center is an innovative public-private partnership between Care1st Health Plan Arizona, the city of Avondale and First Things First Arizona (FTF, AZ). The award-winning center is a one-stop hub for social and human services including health care enrollment; Women, Infants and Children (WIC); parenting classes; financial literacy workshops; job assistance and more. Currently there are 61 community-based organizations providing services out of the Care1st Resource Center, serving more than 5,000 people who walk through its doors each month. The Care1st Avondale Resource Center’s partner organizations and staff are making lives better every day. We have outgrown the current space at the Center located at 328 W. Western Avenue, and the city will be breaking ground on a new resource center location in the coming year. More information to come!