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Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Must Sees In Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St., 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-462-6799
azchasefield.com
A multi-use facility which serves as a home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, concerts, breweries, team shops and restaurants.


Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., 
Phoenix, AZ 85008
480-941-1225
dbg.org
The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Stroll through the living museum and learn about different desert plants.


The Dolly Steamboat

PO Box 977, 
Apache Junction, AZ 85217
480-827-9144
dollysteamboat.com
Nature cruises, twilight dinner 
cruises and astronomy cruises are 
available. Rated one of the “Best Things to Do in Arizona” by the Official Visitors Guide 
of Greater Phoenix.


Taliesin West

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-860-2700
franklloydwright.org
One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest architectural masterpieces, Taliesin West served as one of his personal homes, studio and design school campus. The site still serves as 
living/working and educational facilities with guided public tours.


South Mountain Park

10919 S. Central Ave., 
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-534-6324
phoenix.gov/PARKS/southmnt
The nation’s largest desert 
municipal park, South Mountain Park features 51 miles of trails and lookouts at 2,300 feet and 2,600 feet.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Ahwatukee Residents See Hope for South Mtn Freeway Alignment

Ahwatukee Residents See Ray Of Hope For South Mtn Freeway Alignment

Phoenix metro Loop 202 Phoenix (December 10, 2010) – Ahwatukee residents are not enamored with the current Loop 202 plan in which a freeway cuts through their community and South Mountain. Those plans can change if the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Tribal Council decides in January to recommend a possible extension of Loop 202 on reservation land south of Ahwatukee Foothills.

Officials from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the GRIC transportation technical team have been meeting since August to discuss freeway alignment alternatives.  Between now and January, GRIC members will attend meetings at which they can voice opinions and ask questions about the possible extension of Loop 202 on reservation land.  Tribal officials, including Gov. William Rhodes, have said the primary motivation for this alignment alternative discussion is not economically driven but rather about protecting the ecology of South Mountain.

homes in Ahwatukee FoothillsAhwatukee residents were encouraged to hear that GRIC’s freeway discussion is moving forward because the current plan involves taking out a church, more than 100 homes in Ahwatukee Foothills and 64 homes in south Phoenix, and cutting through three ridges in the South Mountain preserve.

Phoenix Metro South Mountain FreewayA series of meetings are scheduled to take place before the wish of Ahwatukee residents may be granted by a vote of the GRIC Tribal Council in January. The first community meeting took place Saturday in Gila River’s District 6 south of Ahwatukee and Chandler. Community members who attended the meeting reviewed maps of the current planned alignment – a 22-mile eight-lane freeway that would connect Laveen to Chandler through Ahwatukee and South Mountain Park - and a new plan to build the freeway about one-half mile south of Ahwatukee on reservation land.  Community members presented several questions and comments, including concern for the cultural and economic impact of the freeway altogether as well as the related impact upon people in terms of things like air quality.

Upon completion of the community meetings, the Tribal Council will either vote on whether to approve the freeway alignment or defer the issue to a ballot in which the community at large will make the decision.  Either way, Ahwatukee Foothills residents are encouraged by the ongoing discussion and the willingness of GRIC to consider this freeway alternative from the current alignment which they have been actively opposing.

Read more at Livability Law…

South Mountain Park - and a new plan to build the freeway