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CitySkate is Back & Bigger than Ever with Impressive Real Ice Rink
The Valley’s Only Real Outdoor Ice Rink Opens in Downtown Phoenix for 10-week Run
For the fifth year in a row, close to 100,000 holiday revelers will descend on CityScape Phoenix to take part in the 10 weeks of CitySkate, the largest and only real outdoor ice rink in the Valley that is bigger than ever and dramatically placed in the center of Central Avenue.
The ice rink this year has been significantly upgraded to a 30 percent larger rink than last year with 5,442 square-feet of real ice, a Christmas tree placed in the center of the rink and hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Also new this year is a complimentary photo booth for skaters to capture their CitySkate memories.
The rink, presented by APS, will be open daily from Nov. 22 through Feb. 2 with special events happening many days of the week
The holidays will officially kick-off at CityScape Phoenix with a tree lighting ceremony and fun for the whole family on Nov. 29.
For those looking to extend their holiday festivities, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a “Stay & Skate” package that includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, 15 percent off the best available rate starting from $129 per night, two tickets to CitySkate and two custom Hotel Palomar branded beanies. Use rate code “Skate” when booking at http://www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or by calling 602-253-6633.
CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix
Nov. 22 through Feb. 2
Day Session: 11am – 1:30pm (Daily). Night Session: 4pm – 11pm (Sun.– Fri.), 4pm – Midnight (Sat.)
Kids and Adults – $12 each
Military, Kids Under 5, Seniors – $6 each
College Students (with valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more – $10 each
Ice rink rental is available for private parties and events. Contact (602) 772-3900.
Visit www.cityskatephx.com to purchase tickets and for a list of holiday hours and closures. Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.
City of Phoenix Holiday Kick-Off and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 29
3pm – 11pm (Santa Claus arrives at 4pm, Tree Lighting at 6pm)
The holiday tree lighting ceremony begins at 6pm with Mayor Greg Stanton and his family lighting the tree. There will be “Frozen”-themed ice skating performances, sledding with real snow in Patriots Square, live music performances, photos with Santa and public ice skating following the tree lighting.
Skate with Howler from the Arizona Coyotes
Every Monday from 7-8pm
Beginning Nov. 24, join Howler from the Arizona Coyotes every Monday night!
Tuesday Theme Days
11/25: Red Nose Day. 12/2: White Christmas. 12/9: Elf Day. 12/16: Ugly Sweater Day. 12/23: Santa Skate (Bad Santa after 8pm).
Every Tuesday, guests are encouraged to dress up as part of that week’s theme for a chance to win prizes. To enter, just take a photo at the photo booth and a winner will be picked the following day. The first 100 skaters will receive fun giveaways based on the theme. Movies will be projected on the ice and soundtracks will be played while skaters circle the ice.
Learn to Skate with the Arizona Coyotes
Dec. 3, Dec. 7 and Jan. 21
5-6pm and 6-7pm
Skate lessons with Coyotes Hockey Development Team
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.
Every Saturday from Nov. 22 through Jan. 31
9pm – midnight
DJs, games and prizes and Copper Blues selling hot chocolate and hot apple cider.
Photos with Santa
Saturday’s from Nov. 29 – Dec. 20
Nov. 29: 4:30 – 8pm
Dec. 6: 2 – 5pm
Dec. 13: 6 – 9pm
Dec. 20: 9am- noon
Skater Discounts from CityScape Tenants
All season long, skaters who visit CitySkate can show their wristband to receive a special discount at the following locations:
10 percent off your bill at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Copper Blues, Squid Ink Sushi.
20 percent off any service at V’s Barbershop.
Free shoe rental when you bowl at Lucky Strike Lanes
Free fountain beverage with the purchase of any pizza at Pizza Studio
$3 glass of red or white wine and a free cookie with the purchase of a hot chocolate at The Corner
For more information about CityScape Phoenix’s CitySkate, visit www.cityskatephx.com or call 602-772-3900. Ample and convenient underground parking is available.
Images courtesy of CityScape Phoenix.
Isn’t it frustrating when you have a disagreement with someone and the other person won’t listen? Maybe he won’t take the time to hear your concerns, or she meets with you, but you can tell that she’s distracted and doesn’t really hear a word you’re saying.
Well, lo and behold, the downtown residents affected by rerouted flight paths have been heard. Sometimes that alone is an accomplishment. But the fact that we’re talking about the Federal Aviation Administration makes it truly significant. Kudos to everyone who voiced their concerns and kudos to the FAA for listening. The letter below was sent from Glen Martin, Regional Administrator for the FAA, to Tamie Fisher, Acting Director of the City of Phoenix Aviation Department on November 14.
Dear Ms. Fisher,
After hearing community input about the new Sky Harbor departure procedures during the October 16 public meeting, I committed to updating you on the FAA’s review of those procedures within 30 days.
Since the meeting, the FAA has received additional feedback from residents, community leaders and elected officials.
The FAA determined that some aircraft were not flying the new procedures as intended. The agency has taken steps to maximize the number of aircraft that are properly flying the procedures, which were designed to fly directly over an industrial area instead of nearby residential areas to the east. The FAA instructed Phoenix air traffic controllers not to issue early turns to aircraft unless doing so is necessary for safety purposes, and explained to airlines that controllers will not grant requests for early turns. The FAA is continuing to analyze flight data and is working to ensure aircraft are flying directly over industrial land.
Additionally, Sky Harbor International Airport staff has asked the FAA to consider specific mitigations that representatives of the affected neighborhoods have proposed. The FAA is teaming with the airport staff and industry experts to determine what actions or changes are possible and whether those steps could potentially mitigate the noise issues.
The FAA recognizes the City of Phoenix’s recent efforts to engage residents of the affected neighborhoods. In partnership with the Phoenix Department of Aviation, the FAA is planning to conduct additional public outreach in the near future to share technical information and achieve common understanding of potential changes.
Glen A. Martin
Image courtesy of Phoenix Sky Harbor.
Presented by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Downtown Phoenix Journal, and Phoenix Community Alliance, RadiatePHX provides a forum to learn about downtown opportunities, issues and solutions; receive key updates from guest speakers on what’s happening in downtown; and discover how you can contribute to building the downtown we want.
The holiday season is officially upon us, and there is no better time to shop – and shop local. We’re offering up a different kind of shopping list this holiday season:
Unique product selection? Check!
Benefits local economy? Check!
Helps build community? Check!
This month’s RadiatePHX will be hosted outside at the Phoenix Public Market Cafe and feature brief updates on local downtown initiatives.
Guest speakers will include Christine Mackey, Director of City of Phoenix’s Community & Economic Development Department; Kendall Crever, Community Outreach Coordinator of Local First Arizona; and venue host Aaron Chamberlin, Chef/Owner of Phoenix Public Market Café.
What: RadiatePHX – a monthly networking event for business, community, and city leaders
When: Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Public Market Cafe Patio and Alley, 14 E. Pierce Street
Cost: FREE, with complimentary bites and bar provided by Phoenix Public Market Café and Four Peaks Brewing Company
Parking/Transportation: Valet parking provided by GoGreen Valet and bicycle parking provided by Valley Metro.
RSVP: Register here
About Downtown Phoenix Inc.:
Downtown Phoenix, Inc. is a unique partnership of business, community and city leaders charged with coordinating and advancing the revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. DPI coordinates the activities of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance while assuring that the Downtown business community has a synergistic relationship with its community partners and surrounding neighborhoods. Visit downtownphoenix.com.
About Downtown Phoenix Journal:
Downtown Phoenix Journal invites you to Explore Your Core, offering a friendly, straightforward insider’s view of all things Downtown Phoenix. DPJ is powered by Urban Affair LLC, which was founded to elevate urban ideas, ideals and Phoenix’s sense of place by articulating and promoting the voices and insights of the community. This focus contributes to the development of a dynamic core sensibility in the predominantly suburban Valley of the Sun. Visit downtownphoenixjournal.com.
About Phoenix Community Alliance:
Phoenix Community Alliance is an affiliate of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and the premier membership organization for downtown leaders. Through the alliance of a strong and diverse membership, PCA fulfills its mission to activate, advocate and build the Phoenix we want. Visit phoenixcommunityalliance.com.
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Introducing Design RePublic Studio’s new local greeting card line, A Wink and an Odd, made on Grand Avenue in Downtown Phoenix
Design RePublic, a boutique design studio in Downtown Phoenix, launches its first line of holiday greeting cards under the brand A Wink and an Odd. Inspired by bike culture and Phoenix pride, A Wink and an Odd’s holiday cards represent Design RePublic’s mission to inspire collaboration and community awareness.
“These cards capture the flavor and whimsy that distinguishes our voice in the dialogue about Phoenix,” said Lindsay Kinkade, Founder and Creative Director of Design RePublic. “We love Phoenix and we love to ride bikes–we’re optimistic about our future here.”
A Wink and an Odd launches with a line of six cards with options for everyone. With just a little tongue-in-cheek, there are cards for those “in the know” about Phoenix winters, and are perfect to send to friends and family members suffering through a tough winter season. For those who love bikes, A Wink and an Odd has also designed bike-themed holiday cards that can be sent to anyone.
Designed by Design RePublic, the cards were printed by letterpress by Nancy Hill at Hazel & Violet. These cards were conceived and manufactured completely locally on Grand Avenue, an important objective for Design RePublic’s Creative Director, Lindsay Kinkade.
“Our practice at Design Republic is rooted in our local community, which is centered on Grand Avenue in Phoenix,” said Kinkade. “These cards represent our values of working with local artists and artisans to support a commitment to making things beautifully and locally.”
Kinkade refocused her established practice in 2013 as Design RePublic, an R&D design laboratory that works locally and nationally to build design strategies and tools for public dialogue on the future of cities. In Phoenix, Kinkade is focused in particular on creative placemaking and transportation in Downtown Phoenix. A Wink and an Odd was started to provide a hands-on way for people to get involved in the studio’s mission.
“These cards offer another way for Phoenicians to support their local arts community while also giving the gift of a handmade treasure to a loved one. The proceeds from these cards support local business on Grand Avenue. Buyers’ support will continue to build our lively and joyful community of makers, creating a vibrant downtown we can all enjoy.”
Saturday, November 15 is an important day for all Phoenicians as we get a sneak peek into the City’s draft General Plan Update, a document that upon review and approval by our elected officials and voters will impact how our city moves forward in the next ten years. For those of us who live, work, study, and play downtown, it’s a double dose of importance because one of the five key themes of the document is, drum roll please, “Create an Even More Vibrant Downtown.” So many who provided input – from all eight council districts over the past year and a half – concluded that a strong downtown is essential for a strong Phoenix, a strong region, and a strong Arizona.
So I urge you to mark your calendar and plan to attend the PlanPHX 2014 Summit, Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phoenix City Hall, First Floor, 200 W. Washington St. Mayor Greg Stanton, Members of Council, city staff, and the PlanPHX Leadership Committee, comprised of several friends of DPI, including Mo Stein, Carol Poore, and Sandra Ferniza of PCA and Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, have planned a rigorous agenda and series of workshops for participants:
- Creating an Even More Vibrant Downtown (I’ll be moderating this session)
- Creating Phoenix’s Healthy Food System
- How to Maintain an Active Neighborhood Organization
- How to Organize Your Neighborhood
- It Starts with a Plan
- Making the General Plan Happen
- Strengthening our Local Economy
- Tech + Transit: Moving Phoenix Forward
Prior to Saturday, spend some time reviewing supplemental planning documents that will work side-by-side with the General Plan Update document. What especially tickles your fancy or raises your eyebrows or causes you to lie awake at night? Only you will know unless you voice your opinion:
- Bicycle Master Plan
- Complete Streets Policy
- Comprehensive Downtown Transportation Plan
- Parklet Program
- Tree and Shade Master Plan
- Walkable Urbanism Code
I understand that’s a lot of bullet points, and a lot of reading material behind each one of them, but they’re all so important to consider and act upon to help Phoenix gain its proper place among other major cities in the Western U.S., nationwide, and yes internationally.
During the past 18 months, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down with hundreds of individuals and attending dozens of different neighborhood and community association meetings in the downtown core and surrounding neighborhoods. I’ve worked alongside a committed board, savvy community advisory committee, forward-thinking business leaders, dedicated city staff, and passionate citizen advocates, young and not-as-young. The heartfelt desire and dedication among every one of them to improve our city, warts and all, is staggering. There is untapped opportunity here, for native and newcomer.
With your continued advice and assistance, and a comprehensive and workable General Plan to guide us, we’ll achieve greater things, downtown and beyond.
See you on Saturday.