Learn About Maricopa County Parks & Trails, Need to Know Info, and Upcoming Meetings

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A Message from Supervisor Bill Gates

Dear Friends,

As we continue to experience another beautiful Arizona spring, I would like to highlight one of my favorite parts of the valley, our Maricopa County Regional Parks and Trails.

With more than 110,000 acres of land and 1,521 miles of trails, there are countless ways in which to experience the breathtaking views our county has to offer. From Lake Pleasant Regional Park, to Spur Cross Ranch, and over to Cave Creek Regional Park, our Maricopa County Parks system provides clean, sustainable parks that offer incredible experiences through sponsored events and personal recreation.

I encourage all of us to get out and take in the rest of our spring season by stopping in and checking out any of the regional parks in District 3 and throughout the county. I have highlighted a few specific parks and the events associated with them below.

All my best,
Bill Gates

Visit the new Maricopa County Website - Maricopa.gov

Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Department

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Click the picture above to visit the Maricopa County Parks website.

With more than 110,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional parks systems in the nation. The County’s park system is made up of open spaces that include campgrounds, nature centers, nature themed playgrounds, hundreds of miles of trails, and so much more! The nearest regional parks to District 3 are Lake Pleasant, Spur Cross Ranch, Cave Creek, and Adobe Dam.

We invite you to take part in the numerous events held at each of our regional parks. A list of Lake Pleasant events can be found below!

Maricopa County Park and Recreation Upcoming Events

Stargazing at the Desert Outdoor Center

03/18/2017 07:30 PM MST

Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, March 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant as they bring the universe, planets and information about the spring equinox and the stars of the winter circle to you! 

Exploring the Cottonwood Trail

03/18/2017 12:00 PM MST
Lake Pleasant Regional Park Come exploring with Naturalist Frank!

Hit the Target Archery 101 Class

03/18/2017 09:00 AM MST
Lake Pleasant Regional Park Learn how to shoot an arrow from a bow! Archery 101 Class

Learn About Lake Kayaking

03/17/2017 02:00 PM MST
Lake Pleasant Regional Park Learn About Lake Kayaking!

Pleasant Paddlers Program-Island Hop Breakfast Easy Paddle

03/17/2017 09:00 AM MST
Lake Pleasant Regional Park Let's go for a fun "Island Hop Breakfast' paddle

Having Fun with Petroglyphs

03/16/2017 01:00 PM MST
Lake Pleasant Regional Park Find out about petroglyphs through a fun craft making experience!

Wildflower Walk at Spur Cross

03/15/2017 09:00 AM MST
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area Come and see what’s blooming in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. This easy walk will showcase some of the spectacular wildflowers found in the park and explore the beauty of the conservation area.

Sunset Ride and Fireside!

03/17/2017 06:00 PM MST
Cave Creek Regional Park Ride off into the sunset along one of our scenic Sonoran Desert mountain trails! After your ride, mosey on over to the Nature Center for some fireside fun with Ranger Mark. He'll provide the marshmallows for you to roast while we enjoy the owls hooting and the coyotes howling! 

Supervisor Bill Gates and Phoenix Vice Mayor Laura Pastor attending the Beneficial Beans ribbon cutting at the Burton Barr Library, a Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center project (SARRC).

Laura Pastor w. Bill Beneficial Beans

District 3 Community Events

Open Conversation with Supervisor Gates

New River / Desert Hills / Anthem Area
Next Meeting - March 21

Date:      3rd Tuesday of the Month
Time:      Noon - 2:00 PM
Where:   Daisy Mountain Fire Department
              43814 N. New River Road
              New River, AZ 85087

Dates: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20
July & August - No Meeting, Summer Break

County Coffee with Supervisor Gates
Next Meeting - April 6

Date:      1st Thursday of the Month
Time:      8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:   Deer Valley Airport Restaurant
              702 W. Deer Valley Rd # B,
              Phoenix, AZ 85027

Dates: April 6, May 4*, June 1
July & August - No Meeting, Summer Break

*Location TBD

County coffee 3/17

Supervisor Gates speaks to constituents at the first County Coffee of 2017.

Upcoming Library Events & Information

Teen Book Discussion

Tues. Mar. 14 @ 3:45-4:45 pm

What are you reading? Come to the library to share your reading experience with other teens! Get some suggestions on what to read next! Go home with a free book!

Registration is recommended - it helps us know how many snacks to have!

PLEASE NOTE: Closed for Renovations

Sat. Mar. 18 - Mon. Mar. 27

The North Valley Regional branch will be closed for renovations from Saturday, 3/18 - Monday, 3/27 (re-opening Tuesday, Mar. 28).

To prepare for the work, public use computers must be removed on Friday, 3/17.

For more information on the North Valley Regional Library and other library programs click here.

Ask a Master Gardener & More

County Extension

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension plays a unique role by bringing the University of Arizona to both urban and rural Maricopa County. Cooperative Extension provides practical information and education to help people make their lives better. Outreach efforts translate relevant research into effective practices that people can put to immediate use in their homes and businesses.  Extension has educational programs that address plants and landscapes, gardens, farming, turfgrass, nutrition, agricultural literacy, early child care, autism, and our 4-H youth development areas.  Give us call to talk to an expert, stop by the office, or visit our website/Facebook to get more information and learn about the exciting programs offered through your Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. 

Find us at: 4341 E Broadway Rd., Phoenix.
Phone: 602-827-8200;
Fax: 602-827-8292.
Check us out at: https://extension.arizona.edu/maricopa

Community Garden

Did you know that Maricopa County has a Master Gardener through our Maricopa County Extension?

Do you have a Garden or Landscape Question?

Plant Help Desk - Master Gardeners answer phone calls, emails and identify plants or pests.

Phone: 602-827-8201
Email: MaricopaCountyPlantHotline@gmail.com (link sends e-mail)
Address: Bring in a plant or pest sample. Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Building 4341 E. Broadway Rd Phoenix, AZ 85040

Supervisor Gates giving the invocation at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast with Congressman Schweikert.

Invocation AZ Chamber

I-17 Weekend Closures March - May

Plan for 10 Weekend Closures of Interstate 17 Beginning March 17, 2017.

The Interstate 17 (I-17) will undergo a pavement preservation project throughout the spring of 2017.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.azdot.gov

or contact ADOT:

Southwest Regional Court Video & Other Events

SW Regional Court

Click on the photo to watch Supervisor Gates comment on the opening of the Southwest Regional Court Center

Liquor License Application Process

If you need to apply for a Liquor License within unincorporated Maricopa County please see the important information below:

File: your application with the Maricopa County Clerk of the Board's Office. 
When: all applications need to be submitted 21 days prior to a Formal Board of Supervisors' meeting date.

Please see more detail about Liquor Licenses and other county permits in the link below:


April 1st Prickly Pedal

Prickly Pedal

Race Day April 1, 2017
Experience the excitement! It's no joke!

Volunteers still needed! Sign up HERE today!