Every Saturday as the sun rises, the Sun City West PRIDES were in the community 300-members strong.
They work to maintain the landscaping in the medians and beautifying the community. But that all changed effective March 20.
The PRIDES board conducted discussions and decided to postpone new planting for the time being. Over the past few weeks, Maricopa County removed 53 plants at 151st Avenue up to Grand Avenue, which was phase one of the project. The entire boulevard was to be completed this spring, but has been put on hold.
“We will continue over the summer to develop the plans and be ready to complete the renovation project this fall,” said Kathy Estes, PRIDES secretary and associate treasurer. “The medians may look a little bare when some of the older shrubs are removed just until we get the new plants in.”
The board decided to suspend all PRIDES work for two weeks and at that time will determine, based on conditions at that time, whether it is safe to resume normal operations.
“Our first priority, of course, is the health and safety of our members and we will follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” Ms. Estes said.
Additionally, all upcoming events were canceled, including the Payday meeting March 21, spring picnic March 25 and women’s club breakfast March 28.