Camelback Mountain’s Relocated Cholla Trailhead Now Open
After two and a half years of closure, the relocated Cholla Trailhead opened on Sept. 30. While it was closed, the trailhead was relocated from East Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road as part of a Phoenix development approval for Highgate homes on property previously owned by the Phoenician. The new trailhead has public restrooms, a drinking fountain and, because of conversations between the Town of Paradise Valley and the city of Phoenix, bicycle parking and rideshare drop-off/pick-up areas. The on-street parking will remain as it was signed previously on Invergordon. Parking will not be expanded into the adjacent neighborhoods.
In anticipation of the trailhead’s opening, Phoenix Fire has been training its technical rescue team, which will have both the new drop-off area and driveway entrance to stage its fire engines. Additional work will continue in order in connect power to lights at the restroom area and chilled water at the drinking fountain.
Turn Around Times Continue to Improve in the Town’s Building Division
The Town of Paradise Valley’s Building Division has been focused on reducing applicant review times since Chuck Ransom was promoted to building official, Dawn Jacob was promoted to senior planning and building clerk and Debbie Hinshaw was hired as community development’s building and building clerk. This team, together with plan check experts Don Sandoval and Russ Louman, have dramatically improved review times that were previously measured in months to an August average of 8.75 days for first review and less than 10 days for second reviews for all residential permits.
Childhelp AZ Wings Trick or Trot
Family Fun Run
The Childhelp AZ Wings Trick or Trot Family Fun Run is a 1- or 3-mile run or walk through the beautiful palm course of McCormick Ranch Golf Course with breathtaking views of Camelback and Mummy mountains. More than just a walk or run, families participate to show support for Childhelp’s mission to help Arizona children impacted by abuse and neglect.
Held on Oct. 23, check in is 9 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m. Trick or Trot is open to all ages. Bring the whole family, friends, and neighbors. Come as you are or dress up in costume! Wheelchairs, strollers, and wagons are allowed. No leashed pets, roller blades, skateboards, or motorized devices. McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale. Sponsorship opportunities are available. childhelp.org/events.