Friends of Encanto Park is a volunteer group advocating for Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI) funding for renovations and capital improvements at Encanto Park. Encanto Park has played a large part in the lives of Phoenix residents for more than seven decades, and our group believes it holds a unique and sentimental place in the community.
We created www.FriendsofEncantoPark.com
to offer information about the park and the scope of the project. We are reaching out to seek media support and partners. We hope to help focus attention on the character, needs and potential of Encanto Park to spur participation in the comment process.
The PPPI was passed overwhelmingly by 82% of voters on May 20, 2008. The Initiative will raise approx $1 billion dollars over 30 years, and dictates that 60% of the money will be spent for community parks. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has spent the summer collecting public comments to determine how best to serve Phoenix residents.
The tenth and final public comment meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday, August 27 at Burton Barr Central Library. We predict this will be the most heavily attended event to date, and we expect Councilman Michael Nowakoski and many other policymakers will attend. The online Parks Funding Survey (www.phoenix.gov/parks
) will close after this date, and the Parks Department is scheduled to present its five-year spending proposal on September 11 at City Council Chambers.
We have support from dozens of individuals, the Encanto Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association, the Encanto Citizen’s Association, the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition, the Phoenix Parks and Conservation Foundation, the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, and Latino Perspectives Magazine. Our proposal and tactics are helping inspire other local park advocates.
The Encanto Park Grand Plan is posted in the Forum.
Please contact any member of the group if we can provide additional information or answer any questions. We appreciate the dedication of everyone helping ensure that this important landmark remains vibrant and grows its enchantment for future generations.
Contact: Kelly Larabee Morlan