32nd Street Lifestyle

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Save the Date: Community Party 2024

Date: Saturday, April 20 | 2-5pm

Location: Mercury Mine Basin Park, 3325 E. Mountain View Rd

You, your friends, and your family are invited to come out and join us for our annual Neighborhood Party! 

We’ll have plenty of family-friendly activities, great guest speakers, and food for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, it’s completely FREE, sponsored by City of Phoenix Grants and put together by Louisa Ward, Mountain Preserve Block Watch Leader.

But to make this event a success, we need your help. We’re looking for volunteers to assist with setting up, tearing down, signing in guests, and distributing Block Watch information.

If you’re interested in supporting this event, please fill out this FORM, or reach out via text or email. Louisa Ward, MyAzRealtyTeam@Gmail.com, 602.769.6699.

Let’s come together as a community and make this event one to remember!

Do Trash and Recycling Containers Go On the Sidewalk?

A friendly reminder to our neighborhood about trash and recycling containers:

  1. Sidewalks are for People: Please refrain from placing trash containers on the sidewalk. Instead, position them after the curb and on the street, leaving ample space for pedestrians to walk freely. The containers should be 4 feet apart.
  2. Be Mindful of Others: Remember that many of our neighbors, including those with disabilities, rely on clear sidewalks. Let’s be considerate and thoughtful of their needs.
  3. Timing is Key: Put your trash containers out for pick-up only on designated collection days and promptly retrieve them after collection to avoid prolonged obstruction.
  4. City Code Compliance: According to our city regulations, all solid waste containers must have lids. This is not only to prevent rainwater from accumulating inside but also to keep insects and pests at bay. If you have a container with a missing or damaged lid, you can request a replacement by clicking on this link.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Your efforts in maintaining clear sidewalks contribute to the overall well-being of our neighborhood and the comfort of our neighbors. If you have a question about the placement of containers or containers blocking a sidewalk, contact 602-262-7251 or email pwserve@phoenix.gov

Calling for Community Party Volunteers!

The date is getting closer to our Community Party in our wonderful community! This event is an excellent opportunity for us to come together, make a positive impact, and strengthen the bonds that make our community special. To make this event a success, we are seeking enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to lend a helping hand.

Event Details:

Date: November 11, 2023
Time: 2-5 PM
Location: Mercury Mine Basin Park at Mountain View and 34th St.

Volunteer Roles:

  1. Marketing – SAVE THE DATE & Final Party Flyer. Emails, Facebook posts to the community, or individual Blockwatch members. 
  2. GAIN sign-up – Online registration for the event and participation in Pre-GAIN event day.
  3. Business Sponsors – Reaching out to the past and any new potential business sponsors.
  4. Keep track of Business Sponsors – on a spreadsheet
  5. Thank you notes – to business sponsors, and guest speakers.
  6. Food – Organize purchasing, storing, and organizing arrival at the park.
  7. Food (Party Day) – Setting up, managing, and tearing down.
  8. Games – Organize and get all items needed for the water balloon toss & three-legged race
  9. Games (Party Day) – Set them up and run them at set times.
  10. Bounce house monitor – Oversee on party day.
  11. Rentals – Call around to locate the best pricing on renting a bounce house and tent/tables/chairs
  12. Rentals (Party Day) – organize delivery and set up of tenant/tables/chairs and bounce house.
  13. Sign-in table – Install signs around the neighborhood 1 (one) week prior to the party and then pick them up.
  14. Sign-in table (Party Day) – Setting up, managing, and tearing down.
  15. Raffle – Organize and keep track of all raffle prizes and prepare raffle tickets, get prizes to the park
  16. Raffle (Party Day) – Setting up, managing, and tearing down.
  17. Delivery – Organize with the various groups picking up larger items in a trailer and delivering to the park and then returning to owners at the end.
  18. Park Organizer – Directing businesses and volunteers at the park prior to the party starting.
  19. Signs – Install signs around the neighborhood I week prior to the party and then pick them up.
  20. Balloons – Pick up helium and balloons, inflate them, and install them on neighborhood party signs.
  21. Guest Speakers – Contact possible guest speakers to participate in 2023.
  22. Reserve the Park – Complete the online application.
  23. Park clean up – Work with the City of Phoenix Parks to clean up the park before the event.
  24. Promotional items – pricing and ordering promotional items for the party.
  25. Insurance – pricing and acquiring insurance for party day.
  26. Acquiring student volunteers from SMHS clubs.

No matter your skills or availability, there’s a volunteer role that suits you.

Many of these positions require multiple people, some require only one. Some are part of the planning of the party and require attendance at party planning meetings and some are merely attendance on the party day. Your contribution will be invaluable in creating a memorable experience for all.

Why Volunteer?

  • Give back to the community that has given us so much.
  • Meet new people and forge new friendships.
  • Learn new skills and gain experience in event planning.
  • Be a part of a fun and rewarding experience.

To sign up as a volunteer, please contact:

Louisa Ward – 602.769.6699

Feel free to reach out with any questions or specific roles you’re interested in.

Let’s work together to make our Community Party a resounding success and showcase the true spirit of our community! We can’t wait to see you there.

You can read more about the Neighborhood Picnic and our call for volunteers in this month’s issue of Paradise Valley View, page 5.


At the City of Phoenix hearing on March 23rd, the application for a proposed Sol Flower marijuana dispensary at the corner of 32nd Street and Shea in the plaza with Uncle Sams, was neither approved nor denied for a zoning variance.

The decision was made for a time extension so the community could become more educated about the proposal. The next hearing will be May 18, 2023 at 1:30pm.

We will be providing more information on how to attend this hearing virtually.

If you are interested in learning more about the application and the requirements that need to be met in order to receive an approval, please attend the community meeting:

Tuesday, April 25 @ 5:30pm

LOCATION CHANGE! Heritage Heights 4 Clubhouse

2837 E Mission Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85028

You may also reach out to the attorney representing the applicant:

Michelle Santoro

Senior Land Use Planner

Gammage & Burnham

602.256.4486 | msantoro@gblaw.com | www.gblaw.com

Coming Soon!

Saying goodbye to one of our original owners. Richard and Harriet Mesh have lived in the neighborhood since its inception. They have wonderful stories of the growth and change of area since the 70’s. They are leaving behind a beautiful home that is only 5 houses from the mountain preserve. It is in a “Coming Soon” status right now.

If you are interested in learning more or know someone looking in our area, please let me know. Call/ text Louisa Oliver Ward at 602.769.6699