Working closely with Maricopa County’s Landscape Coordinator James Bellows, PRIDES president Ronn Enzweiler was able to coordinate the removal of deteriorating desert vegetation and put in new stones and aggregate. This busy area was in need of improvement for several years and Enzweiler made it one of his priorities after taking over the group’s leadership role. There still remains some more work to do in that area.
“I believe that it’s imperative for the Sun City PRIDES to work at maintaining a viable relationship with Maricopa County,” Enzweiler said. “It’s to our mutual benefit.”
The PRIDES save Maricopa County hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, he added. Enzweiler meets monthly with MCDOT leadership at various project locations throughout the three phases of Sun City.
The next project the PRIDES are coordinating is a rework of PRIDES Park on Peoria Avenue. This will include vegetation and aggregate improvements. A private contractor will assist with this project, funded in part by contributions from the Sun City PRIDES.
Meanwhile, the PRIDES are hopeful county officials can complete work on 99th Avenue resolving the aggregate issues left from the monsoon storm in July. Despite this, a few PRIDES’ volunteers are working to keep 99th Avenue as clean as possible.
The PRIDES next membership meeting is 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in the social hall at the Bell Center, 16820 N. 99th Ave. All PRIDES members are encouraged to attend to receive important updates and make plans for the coming months.
Enzweiler remains cautiously optimistic for the coming months.
“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 status in Maricopa County and Arizona, being careful to maximize the safety of our membership as they work to help keep Sun City beautiful.” He said. “Our work is too important to the community for us to stop.”
PRIDES’ members are encouraged to focus on keeping their assigned areas as clean as possible while being mindful of all safety guidelines for working on the community boulevards. The Saturday Squad will work on different areas each week that need special attention. The group’s endeavors to replace orange trees with drought-tolerant trees, cacti and flowering shrubs will continue.
A growing concern is the smaller number of PRIDES volunteers who are able to continue working for various reasons. Numerous part-time residents have not returned to Sun City. This includes many Canadian members. Residents interested in helping keep Sun City beautiful are encouraged to reach out to the group.
PRIDES is an acronym for Proud Residents Independently Donating Essential Services. The PRIDES focus on cleaning up the major boulevards and avenues in the three phases of Sun City. They do not work on commercial properties or residential streets and properties.
Call 623-972-6558 or visit suncityprides.com for information and to donate.