City taking nominations of outstanding community groups, people for Celebration Plaza - SanTan Sun News SanTan Sun News

City taking nominations of outstanding community groups, people for Celebration Plaza

June 16th, 2017 development
City taking nominations of outstanding community groups, people for Celebration Plaza

By SanTan Sun News Staff

Know someone who stands out for making Chandler a better place to live?

The City of Chandler is taking nominations for people or groups to be recognized at Celebration Plaza.

It’s a permanent water feature and monument wall close to the center of Tumbleweed Park, which is at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. The fixture has served as a central place to honor special residents, living or dead, and service organizations, for their public outreach, personal service, civic leadership and dedication to the community.

Nominations for induction into the plaza come from the public. The city is accepting nominations through June 30. The Chandler City Council will choose the people and organizations they want to induct, based on recommendations the Museums Advisory Board makes.

Any nominee chosen to be honored at Celebration Plaza after the review process will be recognized at a ceremony in January of next year. A brass plaque will be put in Celebration Plaza as part of the induction. Last year, Celebration Plaza honorees included Police Officer James Snedigar, former Chandler Mayor Kenny Thomas and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

In order to be nominated, potential inductees must be residents, deceased or living, who have shown tremendous civic commitment, public outreach, leadership and service to those who live in Chandler. The nominations should clearly say why the person or organization deserves the honor. The city recommends anyone nominating someone also turn in supporting letters or documentation.

The nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • Community leaders whose great personal service led to major and enduring contributions to the community (support for this award should include endorsements from neighborhoods, organizations and other groups)
  • A person or people who have made big contributions to the City of Chandler
  • An individual or individual who has enhanced the quality of life for Chandler residents through their involvement or financial donations to long or short-term city activities or projects.
  • A person who has shown innovation, leadership and creativity, which have made the city a better place in which to live and work
  • City employees killed in the line of duty

Those being nominated for the honor can’t hold an elected City of Chandler office or be members of the Museums Advisory Board or Parks and Recreation Board at the time they are nominated or approved to be in Celebration Plaza.

To learn more about the Celebration Plaza nomination requirements, contact Nate Meyers at the Chandler Museum at 480-782-2877 or at