Photos courtesy of Louisa Ward

Once again, the community is gearing up for its highly anticipated annual Neighborhood Picnic for the Phoenix communities of Mountain Estates, Paradise Gardens, Mountain Preserve, and Heritage Heights. As the event planning kicks off, organizers are on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to join forces and make a positive impact.

Sponsored by the city of Phoenix’s Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) program and the Neighborhood Block Watch, the Neighborhood Picnic is a day for Phoenix neighborhoods to join forces and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. G.A.I.N. showcases the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement for safer communities.

The aforementioned neighborhoods, known for their dedication to safety and community spirit, proudly host this exciting event each year. With an as-yet-to-be-determined date, the Neighborhood Picnic promises a day of fun and togetherness for residents of all ages.

Held at Mercury Mine Basin Park, 3325 E Mountain View Rd., Phoenix, there are activities galore, food, guest speakers, raffle prizes, sack races, and the enthusiastic involvement of local businesses. This event offers an opportunity for neighbors to gather, connect, and revel in the unity and support that comes from championing safety within the community.

The success of this community event hinges on the passion and dedication of volunteers. Your involvement will ensure a memorable day of bonding, empowerment, and education about local safety measures.

While the date of the event has yet to be announced, you can make a difference by lending a helping hand. If you are a neighbor from the local Block Watch Communities of Heritage Heights, Mountain Preserve, Mountain Estates, and Paradise Gardens, consider contributing your time to this endeavor.

Call or text Mountain Preserve Block Watch Leader and Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee Member Louisa Ward at 602-769-6699 to sign up as a volunteer. Your support will be invaluable in creating a secure and harmonious environment for the area.