Chandler offers plenty of ways to keep your cool SanTan Sun News

Chandler offers plenty of ways to keep your cool

Chandler offers plenty of ways to keep your cool
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By the City of Chandler

After unusually cooler temperatures gave us an especially pleasant May, we don’t know what the rest of the summer has in store for Chandler residents.

But we do know that soon the temperatures will soar and we will spend less and less time outside baking in the hot sun.

Instead, the temptation will be to stay home and enjoy some A/C, to stare at a screen or just chill — day after day, night after night — until cooler temps return.

But you can get out of the house and still beat back the blazing sun — all while rediscovering your awesome community.

This summer, venture out to some of these great places Chandler has — indoors and outside — to help you and your family make it a summer to remember.

Here are some of those places:

Chandler Museum

The Chandler Museum is one of the best places in the East Valley to find exhibits exploring local history topics and national traveling exhibits showcasing culture, history and art.

One traveling exhibit, “Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey,” is on display through July 6.

The Museum’s regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. More information can be found online at chandleraz.gov/museum and in this issue of the SanTan Sun News.

There is a light show each evening, from sunset until 10:30 p.m., in the Museum courtyard that illuminates the public art sculpture titled, Infinite Shade.

Art is hot in the city

Our community is blessed with two outstanding public art galleries, The Gallery at CCA, located inside the Center for the Arts, and the Vision Gallery at Chandler City Hall.

Both of these amenities display a varied palette of original artworks from oil and acrylic canvasses, to ceramic works, sculpture, jewelry, photography, mixed media and textiles. For hours and exhibit details visit chandleraz.gov/art.

Neighborhood libraries

You can count on Chandler’s four public libraries for some of the coolest escapes from the hot days of summer. In addition to new Early Learning and Literacy centers for young children, there are free events for all ages.

Join a book discussion group, use one of the many public computers, check out music and movies, learn a new language and much more! Visit chandlerlibrary.org for hours for the Downtown, Hamilton, Basha and Sunset libraries.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 1 through Aug. 1 and participants of all ages can register, track their reading and earn points for prizes.

Take a break and recreate

There are five community and recreation centers offering fun, safe, quality programs and activities for residents and visitors year-round — the downtown Community Center, Senior Center, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Recreation Center and Environmental Education Center.

Whether you’re looking to flex your fitness goals, hoping to learn a new hobby or searching for a unique venue to host your event, Chandler Parks & Recreation offers affordable sports, fitness and leisure opportunities for all.

Check out chandleraz.gov/breaktime for details.

Don’t forget the Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park, where you can join a league, take a class or just drop in to play with friends. Plus, it’s open early (7 a.m.) and late (10 p.m.) to beat the heat.

Water, water everywhere

With six pools and aquatic centers in Chandler, there is one nearby where you and your family can beat the heat and enjoy low-cost, safe and cool water fun.

Every facility is unique; some with waterpark features like water slides of all size, vortexes, lazy rivers, kiddie playgrounds and more. Chandler Aquatics Division also offers swimming classes, adult water aerobics, youth swim teams and party rentals.

For locations and hours of operation, visit chandleraz.gov/aquatics.

Dads Swim Free on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Three Chandler parks — Chuparosa, Desert Breeze and Espee — have wet and wild playgrounds with water features made for splishin’ and splashin’.

Check out chandleraz.gov/aquatics for details.

Chandler Council meetings

Did you know seven residents serve on the Chandler City Council? These public servants are making decisions that affect the entire community, and they welcome your involvement.

If you’ve never attended a City Council meeting maybe this summer is a good time to check one out. There are six Council meetings and two Council study sessions scheduled in June, July and August. Trust us; knowing how local government works and being engaged in your community is empowering — and “cool” in its own way.

View the meeting calendar at chandleraz.gov/events.

Walking on sunshine

There are now officially eight planets in our solar system (Sorry, Pluto) and you can learn all about them when you visit Veterans Oasis Park at Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads and follow the Chandler Solar System Walk.

This educational amenity is a series of monuments and signs that represent the sun, planets, asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and other significant objects in our solar system.

The 14 signs are placed along the 2,500-foot pathway that surrounds the lake at distances that are relative to the scale of the solar system. Every foot traveled on the pathway represents 1.5 million miles in space.

If visiting the walk at night, please bring a flashlight to help ensure that you can see and read all the signs.

Spectacular Fourth

At 9 p.m. Thursday, July 4, the sky over Tumbleweed Park will light up with fireworks as Chandler celebrates America and our heritage. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with live music, food vendors and Kidtopia activities.

Admission is free and onsite parking is available for $5 per vehicle. Tumbleweed Park is located at 2250 S. McQueen Road, on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Vehicles can enter the park from Germann Road at Hamilton Street or from McQueen Road at Celebration Way. For more event information, visit chandleraz.gov/4thofjuly.

Partygoers are encouraged to bring their own outside activities — kites, Frisbees, bikes, bubbles and more — as well as blankets and chairs.

Go fish

Ten is the age when you are required to have a valid fishing license to fish in any public accessible water in Arizona. That means children under age 10 fish for free.

Chandler has two lakes that are part of the State’s Community Fishing Program — Desert Breeze and Veterans Oasis. Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks these lakes with trout in cooler months and catfish and sunfish in warmer months.

So, grab your fishing rod, bait, fishing license, folding chair, ice chest full of cool beverages and flashlight or lantern and head out to the lake.

Desert Breeze Park is between Ray Road and Chandler Boulevard and between Rural Road and McClintock Drive. Veterans Oasis Park is on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Both parks are open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. More information is at chandleraz.gov/parks.

We’ve only scratched the surface with these suggestions for summer fun. There is much more to see and do in Chandler. Check out visitchandler.com for a list of ideas. Now, get out there and enjoy summer in the city!

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