Pine District Update for October 6, 2015
Pine District Event Reminders
New River Trail Expansion Dedication
Cyclists, equestrians, walkers, hikers, joggers and other outdoor enthusiasts will now be able to have a nonstop experience on the New River Trail from just north of Deer Valley Road in Peoria extending all the way to Bethany Home Road in Glendale.
Several months ago, Peoria completed the last mile in the southern portion of the city that ended at the city of Glendale on Northern Avenue. Glendale is now ready to open their portion of the trail from Northern Avenue to Bethany Home Road, and the two cities are celebrating with a dedication ceremony and fun run/walk on Monday, Oct. 12.
The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a 4.45-mile run/walk along the New River Trail from Northern Avenue to Bethany Home Road. Runners/walkers can opt for a shorter distance of 2.2 miles round trip from Northern to Glendale avenues and back at 8 a.m. All distances are untimed, but race clocks will be available at the start/finish line.
The event concludes at 9 a.m. with the official dedication ceremony featuring officials from the cities of Peoria and Glendale, along with dignitaries from the Maricopa County Flood District and the Arizona Department of Transportation. Light refreshments will be available.
“The Peoria’s work in developing the New River Trail network continues to pay substantial dividends. From strong health and wellness benefits to positive economic impact, Peoria’s trails play a key part in our quality of life,” stated John Sefton, Peoria’s Community Services director. “This important connection with Glendale’s trail system highlights the collaborations in design and delivery of a popular and essential recreational amenity.”
The New River Trail is designed to accommodate all non-vehicular users, including walkers, joggers, strollers, bicyclists, roller blades and equestrians. The trail provides a great way to experience nature, enjoy bird watching and view native wildlife. The entire trail system is planned to be more than 25 miles in length with more than 18 miles of the trail located within Peoria. This trail system aligns along some of the Peoria’s local shopping, dining and entertainment venues making it a fun way to reach your destination.
Registration for the fun run/walk is $5, which benefits the Valley of the Sun United Way. Parking will be available just south of Northern Avenue, off 99th Avenue. To register for the fun run/walk, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2015/6527/city-of-glendale-br-trail-expansion-grand-opening. For more information, call 623-773-7137 or visit www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.
REMINDER - Peoria Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop
Peoria Police Department — On October 10, 2015, Peoria Police Officers and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, concerns, build relationships, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Everyone is invited to attend. The event is from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on October 10, 2015 at the Ihop restaurant located at 10603 W. Olive Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345. If you have a concern you want addressed that may require research, please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
G.A.I.N. Public Safety Night Moves to Pioneer Community Park
Peoria’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments will bring together family fun and safety education in one place for the 2015 G.A.I.N. Public Safety Night on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Pioneer Community Park, 8755 N. 83rd Ave. Kids of all ages will enjoy the chance to get an up-close look at police cars, fire trucks, specialty emergency vehicles and equipment. Safety organizations will also be out with displays offering to show how to keep you and your family safe. However, you can't learn if you're not having fun, so there will be free bouncy activities, face painting and more, making this a great night for the whole family. This event is free to all members of the community and free hot dogs will also be offered while they last. G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizonans Involved in Neighborhoods) started in 1998 as a cooler weather alternative to National Night Out, which is in August. The event is designed to bring the Peoria community together, promoting a safe and family friendly city. Everything at the event is free, so come out and meet the first responders in your area and gather information from a wide variety of safety providers from across the community. For more information about the G.A.I.N. event, please call 623-773-7093.