Being Safe and Beautiful
Chandler continued to be recognized as one of the safest cities in America and serious crime fell another 6.8 percent in 2018. The City implemented text to 9-1-1 and text for non-emergency calls for service, enhanced online crime reporting capabilities and developed a system to manage fire incident records.
Community outreach engaged residents in crime prevention, fire prevention and neighborhood revitalization efforts. Volunteers donated more than 20,000 hours toward public safety activities, neighborhood beautification and community service projects — the Chandler Fire Department partnered with the AZ Burn Foundation to install 93 smoke alarms in homes for those in need.
The City completed renovations to 30 baseball fields and 14 multi-purpose fields, renovated parts of of Tumbleweed Recreation Center, made improvements at the Tennis Center, expanded pickle ball, and added two new neighborhood parks bringing the total to 67.
Accolades: Public Saftey
For Our City Day-Chandler
More than 700 (up from 500 in 2017) volunteers participated in supporting For Our City’s 8th annual For Our City Day-Chandler. Volunteers served the Historic South Chandler Neighborhood and at Winn Park by cleaning yards, spreading rock, painting the exterior of homes and spreading wood chips at Winn Park. In all, a record-setting 42 properties were improved.
Trap, Neuter and Return
The Trap, Neuter and Return grant program neutered 353 cats to help address the overpopulation of feral cats. Six neighborhoods also used the new tool trailer rental for their neighborhood clean-up events.
Alley Maintenance Program
Redesigned the Alley Maintenance Program using an educational approach resulting in a 93% compliance rate and reducing overall staff costs.
Let’s Pull Together Volunteer Program
Developed and launched the Let’s Pull Together Volunteer Program to assist elderly residents, people with disabilities, veterans and families experiencing hardships to improve their property and enhance the neighborhood. More than 1,400 volunteers assisted 102 households in need.
Homestead South Park
The 50th neighborhood park, Homestead South Park is located Pecos and Cooper Roads. The five-acre park was constructed through a development agreement with Fulton Homes and includes open turf areas, irrigation, walking paths, landscaping and a shaded playground that encourages kids to use their imagination while playing. In an effort to promote fitness, outdoor exercise equipment also was installed.
Earned Status as a Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation
The City of Chandler achieved Tree City USA status for the sixth time from the Arbor Day Foundation by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.
Meadowbrook Park, the 51st neighborhood park, is located at Queen Creek Road and Val Vista Drive. The park includes open turf areas, irrigation, lighted sand volleyball and basketball courts, obstacle/fitness equipment with shade structures, inspired by the television show American Ninja Warrior, court games, a picnic ramada, drinking fountain, bike rack, benches, picnic tables, barbeque grill, trash receptacles and lighted walkways.
Graffiti Elimination Program
The City’s Neighborhood Services Division unveiled a mascot named “Eli” (the elf) to increase awareness of the City’s graffiti elimination program and how graffiti “magically” disappears when residents report it. Eli made his first official appearance at the annual Parade of Lights and also will appear at community events and local schools in the coming year.
The City of Chandler, in partnership with the nonprofit For Our City-Chandler, launched ChangeUp, a text-to-donate and awareness campaign that educates residents on the benefits of donating directly to local charities, instead of people who panhandle. Residents may text “ChangeUp” to 44-321 to make a one-time or monthly donation of $1, $5, $10, $25, or any amount. Donations also will be accepted online. All proceeds collected go directly to programs and services provided by nonprofits to help end homelessness.