August 2015 Around Town 3



Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and members of the City Council recently helped rededicate the Copper Room, a vital multipurpose space on the second floor of the Downtown Chandler Library, in a public ceremony held in late June. The 5,100-square-foot Copper Room can be divided into several smaller areas that can be used for different purposes simultaneously. The new design gives library staff more flexibility for scheduling classes and programs, plus meeting and rental spaces for the public and City departments. The room now features enhanced multimedia capabilities, with upgraded audio/video equipment and variable lighting that will provide library visitors with a more cinematic experience when films are shown. Library staff has already been using the new space and they anticipate that it will function as a community gathering place for many of the people, businesses, educational and cultural organizations in the vicinity of downtown Chandler and beyond.

“With the popularity of children’s activities and family programming, this space will be utilized quite a bit by library staff,” says Library Manager and Cultural Affairs Director Brenda Brown. “We have already hosted community events, such as ‘A Conversation with Holocaust Survivor Helen Handler,’ and were able to accommodate the large audience very easily.”

From 1996 through 2010, the second floor space at the Downtown Library served as the meeting chambers for the City Council, an adjacent video production studio and control room, and storage rooms. When a larger Council Chambers and television studio were built in the new City Hall complex that opened in the fall of 2010, the vacated library space was renamed the Copper Room and used for a variety of classes and programs during the past four years. The Chandler Downtown Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St. For more information, call 480.782.2800 or visit


The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has awarded the Chandler Tennis Center its prestigious Featured Facility Award, the USTA’s highest tennis facility honor. The annual award exemplifies the highest level of excellence in facility design, court construction, court amenities, programming and initiatives that help grow the sport of tennis. In addition, the Chandler Tennis Center is one of 13 winners in its 34th annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Representatives from the Chandler Tennis Center will be honored at the USTA semi-annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on September 7.

“What we have known locally about our wonderful tennis center, the rest of the country now knows: Chandler’s Tennis Center is one of the nation’s premier tennis facilities and a great asset for the community,” says Mayor Tibshraeny. The Chandler Tennis Center is located within Tumbleweed Park in southeast Chandler. The facility was built in 1996 and renovated in 2014 when the 15 asphalt courts were replaced with 15 post-tensioned concrete courts. In addition, tiered concrete seat walls were added to enhance spectator viewing and a large hitting wall was built. The hitting wall spans three courts and is one of the largest in the Southwest. Updated landscaping was also installed.

“Receiving such a prestigious award validates the vision and support of our City Council, the dedication and service of staff, and the embracement of the community,” says Barbara Young, Chandler’s Recreation Manager. “Tennis is truly the sport of a lifetime.” Award entries were judged using the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facility’s participation in USTA programs. Information about the Chandler Tennis Center and youth, teen and adult group tennis lessons, recreational leagues, tournaments, special workshops and drop-in play can be found online at ChandlerAZ.Gov/Tennis.


With their professional season well under way, Major League Baseball (MLB) recently ran its annual first-year player draft. In this draft, all 30 MLB teams participate and choose from more than 1,200 amateur players nationally. In all, seven current or former Maricopa Community Colleges players were selected from 1,215 total amateurs in the 2015 first-year player draft. Jacob McDavid, who attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels.


For the third year in a row, Ford Motor Company and 13 metro Phoenix-area Ford dealerships, including Earnhardt Ford in Chandler, teamed up with Big Surf Waterpark and the Salvation Army in support of its Extreme Heat Hydration Program to collect bottled water. As a result of the Ford EcoBoost Challenge water drive, more than 61,000 bottles of water were collected at Valley Ford dealerships. Earnhardt Ford collected approximately 1,000 bottles of water.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to the Metro Phoenix Ford dealers for their support of our Hydrate Arizona campaign,” says Major John Brackenbury, Salvation Army, City of Phoenix coordinator. “As temperatures continue to rise, clean drinking water becomes a life and death issue. Thanks to the partnership with Ford Motor Company, we are able to provide relief to hundreds of men and women exposed to extreme conditions.”

Anyone who donated a case of water received a half-off voucher to Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, redeemable this summer. The Salvation Army’s Extreme Heat Hydration Program was launched in 2006 to distribute water and provide respite and safety information to those in need at mobile hydration stations in Metro Phoenix on days with excessive heat warnings. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 1,500 weather-related deaths from exposure to heat have occurred in Arizona since 2000.


Z’tejas Southwestern Grill will once again be offering their highly anticipated and custom summer menu, featuring Slow-Cooked Pork Ribs, craft cocktails and a Banana Foster Beignet dessert that will tempt your taste buds. Be sure to stop in to try these delicious items at one of their five Valley locations, including Chandler, from now until August 23.