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Imagine Mesa's future. No matter the idea, someone, somewhere can be the spark. From amazing new parks and safe neighborhoods to growing our local economy and promoting "green" initiatives, City leaders are looking for your bright ideas to Imagine Mesa in innovative and exciting ways.

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City of Mesa, AZ

Thanks for the idea! To help aid the discussion, we wanted to share some information about the City's policies and current services. Whether it is simply more funding for current services or a brand new service, detailed ideas and discussion help our committee and elected officials know what you would like to see in our City. Thanks again for participating!

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Posted Jul 12, 2017
Annalisa Alvrus
Annalisa Alvrus
Sep 12, 2017

Here's a suggestion: Eliminate Mesa Animal Control. We are one of the only cities in Maricopa Co that still has an AC office. Use the money elsewhere, including for a Historic Preservation officer based in the Neighborhood Outreach department. (Having a HPO would help Mesa with revamping some of its older neighborhoods, including assisting property owners in bettering their houses, seeking historic designation, and getting the tax break that comes with a historic designation.) The Mesa AC is not competent to correctly and forensically investigate animal cruelty (one of the tasks assigned to them), resulting in several complaints against the office in the last several years. The Mesa PD should be investigating those crimes, especially considering the fact that animal cruelty is often associated with other crimes and social issues. Other Valley cities contract out their former AC jobs to the AZ Humane Society. Mesa should do so as well. The Humane Soc. works with police agencies to correctly perform cruelty investigations. Mesa AC does not do proper/competent investigations of cruelty against feral cats and appears to be still operating under the old model of feral cats as vermin. This attitude presents a barrier to those trying to perform TNR. Mesa should partner with the Animal Defense League of AZ to put money into a type of escrow account so that Mesa residents that can't afford it can get feral cats in their neighborhoods fixed. This was done recently in Tempe.

Posted by Annalisa Alvrus on Sep 12, 2017
Ja Koe
Ja Koe
Sep 17, 2017

I agree, Annalisa! The City of Tempe is actually doing something about the problem. The City of Mesa does nothing!

Posted by Ja Koe on Sep 17, 2017
Valerie
Valerie
Sep 19, 2017

It's not surprising that there is a feral problem. You find a stray & if you try to turn it in they want to charge you a surrender fee or you call 50 different organizations to take it & they all say that they're full.

Posted by Valerie on Sep 19, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

If you have ideas of where you would like to see paths, trails, sidewalks etc., let us know. This will be very helpful to the citizen committee. If there is a specific style of path you like, consider posting a picture. Examples from other cities are welcome. Keep it up!

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Joy
Joy
Sep 19, 2017

Paving the Eastern canal from Broadway to McKellips would be awesome! I really like the asphalt paving on the new stadium connector rather than concrete.

Posted by Joy on Sep 19, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

Thank you for your idea! The City Council and leadership agree that the 25 acres on the southwest corner of University and Mesa Drives needs to be amazing! To that end, the Council directed City staff to conduct public engagement to help guide future development. The outreach was conducted June-August 2016 and consisted of an online survey and in-person neighborhood meetings. We received nearly 2,000 responses to this outreach effort! The results of the outreach were presented to City Council in November 2016 (video of Council presentation: mesa11.com/vod/?show=1466&Mode...) and included City Council direction to prepare options for next steps to develop the vision and a master plan that are consistent with the following guiding principles:

Future development of University and Mesa drives:
- Provides a significant market-rate residential component (for sale and rental)
- Develops in an urban form
- Is sensitive to the Wilbur Historic District
- Provides a variety of building types and uses
- Provides high-quality design and construction
- Activates and supports the downtown core
- Provides a connected pedestrian environment
- Provides neighborhood supporting non-residential uses that complement downtown core

Starting later this year, the City will be hiring an urban design consultant to prepare conceptual master plan(s) and market feasibility analyses that will become the basis for developing the property. Development of the conceptual master plans will be an open and public process, in which we encourage all interested people to participate. Updates on the conceptual master planning process and how you can continue to participate will be posted on the Downtown Transformation webpage: www.mesaaz.gov/about-us/city-p....

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Posted Jul 24, 2017
Dorotha
Dorotha
Aug 15, 2017

Indeed we do, Adam. Thank you for your insight.

Posted by Dorotha on Aug 15, 2017
Lupe
Lupe
Sep 15, 2017

I agree. West Mesa seems to have a very low priority with the council. Why can't Fiesta mall be developed as a university annex with classrooms, dorms and restaurants and entertainment instead of its being a white elephant which is drawing nearby property prices down.

Posted by Lupe on Sep 15, 2017
Lupe
Lupe
Sep 15, 2017

Your website is changing what people write and is making us all look ignorant.

Posted by Lupe on Sep 15, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

We've had so many great ideas related to this one that we've combined them to help them gain even more steam! All of the comments and "Me Too" votes have been transferred over from the following ideas:

Lisa:
I want more covered play areas in Mesa.
Our kids need more protection from the heat and sun. In the summer especially. They still want to be outside but cannot because we have no protection from the sun.

Jon David Jeffery:
I want shade covering for popular neighborhood kids playgrounds like alta mesa and falcon field in Mesa

Hannigirl:
I want shade at ALL playgrounds in Mesa.

SHughes:
I want more shade coverings at all the Mesa parks More splash pads and family friendly activities in Mesa.
Mesa is a wonderful city! I want Mesa to be a leader for parks, shade coverings, splash pads and family activities. Right now Queen Creek, Gilbert and Chandler have more to offer. There are new neighborhoods being built in Mesa and I want Mesa to be inviting to families!

Abbie Lewis:
I want more fun splash pads in Mesa.
Mesa is in need of splash pads. Especially in the established areas, not just the outskirts. I would love to see a really great splash area like Thunder Junction Park in St George Utah, and not just a glorified concrete fountain. We would also really benefit from small park splash pads that are designed for the neighborhood, and not as a destination - similar to some of the parks in Tempe.

Lauren DeLaix Cluff:
I want More splash pads! They are perfect for hot weather and little kids in Mesa.
This is not a new idea so I am sure I don't need to describe it. I think that splash pads at the local parks are the perfect thing to entertain families, especially in the heat when the parks are used less.

Cece:
I want a splash pad at Countryside Park in Mesa.

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Posted Jul 27, 2017
Thera Lucas
Thera Lucas
Aug 21, 2017

I'd like to see more universally accessible playgrounds and splash pads! Most parks I've been to don't even have old school "basics" like wheelchair-accessible play equipment or a supportive swing seat. Imagine having to go to a park just to sit and watch other kids have fun. Children who have limited mobility, limited motor control, and other special needs still love to play. Universally accessible play areas allow fun for everyone!

Related to this, I'd like to see more fenced play areas, especially when there are ponds or other water features nearby. Many of us have children, especially those with special needs, that are at high-risk for elopment, and a fence provides and extra layer of protection should we lose sight of our children.

Posted by Thera Lucas on Aug 21, 2017
Elvira De los Santos
Elvira De los Santos
Aug 23, 2017

Quiero eventos sociales familiares donde haya actos folclóricos, danzas, bailables regionales, comidas típicas, Mariachi donde la comunidad Hispana y Americana se divierta y participe y al mismo tiempo conoscan nuestra cultura y raizes

Posted by Elvira De los Santos on Aug 23, 2017
Lupe
Lupe
Sep 15, 2017

Mesa needs to pay greater attention to its parks where families can gather on weekends. We need to emulate chandler's great park and recreation program and development.

Posted by Lupe on Sep 15, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

We've combined one more idea related to this thread.

Groov
I want the youth to have free access to public transportation in Mesa.
Mesa is a family-friendly city. Often, the cost of transit limits how and when families can take trips together. By providing free transit to youth under 17 years of age, the city will be encouraging many opportunities for children and families to enrich their lives. This initiative supports school attendance, trips to free cultural events and museums, as well as, the many parks, pools, and recreation facilities, which are world-class. This effort will foster and train our children to use this sustainable transportation mode before they are adults. Affordability is a major issue facing large cities across America and transportation is a major cost element often lost to the detriment of kids. Please support a city that values it children and gives them free access to the many opportunities afforded in Mesa, Arizona.

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Posted Aug 9, 2017
Frank N Leyvas
Frank N Leyvas
Aug 10, 2017

Having this flexibility as you describe for families to travel more can be a positive way of attraction for our City. However, I'm not entirely sure how many seats are usually filled throughout the day by re occurring passengers. Having a sudden surge of young passengers may disrupt a few things for those that depend on it daily. If this could possible become an issue, then a simple solution would be having more buses on transit. But in turn would cost more financially if more buses are needed and new drivers are to be hired. Just brainstorming possible scenarios of this action. I love the idea though!

Posted by Frank N Leyvas on Aug 10, 2017
Jennifer
Jennifer
Aug 17, 2017

I am interested in this idea, however I don't think free is the way to go. Discounted would be more feasible, especially related to Frank's comment, above.
I volunteered for six years at a community center in Chandler, as well as at the library earlier this year, and I have seen firsthand how a few bad eggs (teens/children) could spoil something for everyone. I see this good idea turning into something negative. Sure, some would use it for good (school events, parks and rec. etc.) but I foresee many issues with this idea.

Posted by Jennifer on Aug 17, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

We've gotten even more great ideas related to this one that we've combined them to help them gain even more steam! All of the comments and "Me too" votes have been transferred over from the following ideas:

David A. Wier
We want a Multi-purpose, multi-field,youth and ametuer sports complex (soccer fields) in Mesa.

Kelley Chavez Haenel
We want a multi-purpose, multi-field youth and amateur sports complex, both indoor and outdoor space in Mesa.

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Posted Aug 10, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

We've combined an idea related to this thread.
Wendy
We want community gardens in Mesa.

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Posted Aug 10, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

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Cory Lieber
I want Mesa to build a stadium for the coyotes! Use the newly renovated Fiesta district in Mesa.
Having a stadium for the AZ Coyotes would generate income for the city. Building it where Fiesta mall currently sits would be an ideal location. It has easy access to and from on the US60 which is easily accessible to all the other freeway systems. There are also a few hotels in the area that could house put of town guests. There are restaurants in the area, some shopping, and buildings that could also be devolped into an entertainment district. Having the coyotes in Mesa would help the state, the Coyotes organization, and most importantly the City on Mesa.

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Posted Aug 9, 2017
Frank Patterson
Frank Patterson
Aug 9, 2017

I thought private developers already have plans for the old mall. I believe I read construction begins in January.

Frank

Posted by Frank Patterson on Aug 9, 2017
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The Wandering Gardener
I want more hazardous waste drop off days with longer hours in Mesa.
Additional hazardous drop off days and hours would decrease the amount placed in the regular trash bins.

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Posted Aug 9, 2017
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