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Build new parks, restore old ones

August 18th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Build new parks, restore old ones
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By AARON HARRIS SR.

 

On parks and recreation, my goal is to maximize existing resources in order to build new parks and amenities for the citizens of Chandler while continuing to restore the city’s aging parks.

Parks and recreation are a necessity to neighborhoods just as public safety and other essential services. As a councilman, I will remain committed to supporting our local park system.

Equity is a great concern of residents across the city as some parks and fields are not as equipped as others.

I will work to ensure that our parks mirror each other and adequate space exists for both genders. World-class cities exist because of the active system of parks and recreational programs for all citizens.

Our public library system is vital to supporting the overall literacy of our city and are pillars within neighborhoods where established.

I must note that parks improve and increase property values and also improves the livelihood of the local economy. Businesses have cited the quality of parks within a city as one of the reasons they choose to relocate and build.

The overall health, safety, and well-being of our community depends upon parks as this gives residents the opportunity to stay active and fit.

As I campaigned and collected petition signatures, I witnessed families and other social groups of all ages enjoying the many amenities Chandler offers. Residents from all over the valley engage aquatics, pickleball, football, tennis, soccer, baseball and softball.

Overuse is an area of concern by residents and coaches, and I will remain cognizant of this in order to prevent injury. If we want our children to strive for the best, we must give them our very best.

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