Have a safe and enjoyable summer Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise Waterpalooza

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise grills some hot dogs at last year’s Waterpalooza, the inaugural Independence Day event.

Over the last year, your Avondale City Council has made a commitment to improve city parks. We understand that parks serve as a cornerstone of communities and want to make sure our families are able to enjoy these amenities throughout Avondale.

First, we hired park maintenance staff to keep our parks clean, green and safe. There has also been significant investment to repair and replace some of the park’s aging infrastructure, including new park benches, basketball play areas, area and security lighting throughout the parks, trash receptacles, picnic shelters, and renovated restrooms that are cleaned regularly.

The city is currently expanding park improvements at Festival Fields, which is fulfilling a commitment made by city council to expand recreational opportunities for our residents in the southern part of our city. I am happy to report the project is currently on schedule and will be completed and open for public use by the end of 2019. Staff is planning a grand opening ceremony that will be a must-attend special event. You can follow park construction progress and announcements at avondaleaz.gov/parks.

I am proud of what has been accomplished thus far, and we hope you make enjoying the parks part of your summer plans. In an effort to stay cool this summer, don’t forget Friendship Park’s splash pads are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please know that parks staff is eager to receive any additional feedback and comments from the community about any of our city parks.

We’re excited to once again host our family-friendly Independence Day event! Please join me and my fellow councilmembers at Avondale’s second annual Waterpalooza at Friendship Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. We invite you to come out to celebrate this national holiday with free water activities at the splash pad, or to use the water slides or a dunk tank, participate in family-friendly festivities, and learn about city services and programs. Bring the kids, your sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen, and don’t be afraid to get wet! Pack your own picnic, enjoy complimentary hot dogs, or buy from concessions that will be fully stocked with icy delights.   Friendship Park is located at 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.