City of Prescott  NEWS
January, 2015
2014 Community Highlights:

A Look Back 


Happy New Year, Prescott! 


While we open a new chapter and look forward to all the opportunities 2015 will bring, let us take a look at all that we accomplished in 2014.


2014 was a year to be remembered. Once again, we came together to celebrate Prescott's thriving Downtown with an array of special events: Arts & Crafts Fairs, the Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike Event, an Easter Egg Hunt, the Summer Concert Series, the Veterans Day Parade, and all the great activities celebrating Arizona's Christmas City, including Acker Night, the Christmas Parade, the Light Parade and the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony. This was also Prescott's Sesquicentennial Celebration year, and many exciting events took place in May and June. It is a great time to show pride in our wonderful community and envision what the next 150 years might behold.


In closing, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as the Mayor of Prescott. Great things are headed our way, and I am excited to be a part of it! To all Prescott residents, I hope that 2015 will be your best year ever.




Mayor Marlin Kuykendall



Public-Private Partnership for operation and maintenance of Antelope Hills Golf Complex

The Prescott City Council approved a five-year agreement with Billy Casper Golf, a course management company out of the state of Virginia, to manage Antelope Hills Golf Courses, beginning in May, 2014.  The 36 holes of championship golf include a scenic backdrop of the rugged rock formations of Granite Dells and the Bradshaw Mountains.  


The public-private partnership with Billy Casper Golf was designed to bring a new approach to the management of Antelope Hills. The company utilizes its purchasing efficiencies, lower operating costs, marketing strength, and customer-service training to assure enjoyable guest experiences.


Billy Casper Golf took over operation of golf-related activities, including the pro shop, driving range, carts, cart barn and restaurant.  The City is responsible for golf-course maintenance and capital improvements.  


The courses at Antelope Hills host many corporate, charity, outings and tournaments, including U.S. Open Qualifying tournaments, Arizona State Junior Championships and the PGA Southwest Section Pro-Assistant Championship. The popular Arizona Golf Association's annual Father-Son Championship has been played at Antelope Hills for more than 50 years.


Supplementing the two courses is the main clubhouse featuring the Manzanita Grille with full service food and beverage activities.


The clubhouse patio overlooks the south course and the scenic Bradshaw Mountains and is a great place to enjoy a cool drink after golf. The newly remodeled Centennial Center on the north course is a perfect spot for private meetings with food and beverage needs as well as a great location for group parties, including banquets, wedding receptions, business lunch meetings and other functions for groups.




Goldwater Lake Expansion



A major expansion was made to Goldwater Lake Park day-use facilities by the City's Recreation Services Department to allow the City to better accommodate organized groups, weddings, and area residents seeking a great recreational experience at the 6000' elevation forested setting.


The improvements included new parking areas, two new ramadas, restrooms, a roadway, a playground, a well and potable water distribution system, and many new individual family picnic sites. 


The expansion was made possible by Park Impact Fees, revenue collected through building permits, and made available for projects designed to accommodate new population growth.  


Nearly 100 people turned out for the recreations area's dedication and grand opening in March, 2014.  Notable speakers included Michael Goldwater of Phoenix, grandson of former presidential nominee and senator Barry Goldwater.  Goldwater  told the gathering that the lake was named for his great-uncle, Morris Goldwater, who created the lake after damming up Banning Creek to create a water source after a fire in 1900.   



Brad Ziegler Little-League Field


Citing an effort to help the Prescott community heal from the loss of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and corporate sponsor APS built a Little League-sized baseball field next to Pioneer Park's Kuebler Field. 


Dedicated on May 17, 2014, the number 19 is located on the center field fence in memory of Prescott's 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who lost their lives in the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013.


It was the 34th such field set up through the "Diamonds Back" field building program in conjunction with funds from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and a donation from Brad Ziegler, a relief pitcher who joined the team in 2012, and the namesake for the field.  


The dedication was attened by more than 100 local officials, Little League players, and Diamondbacks personnel, including Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall and APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt, who both spoke of their empathy with the community's grief over the Hotshots.

Ziegler helped dedicate the Prescott ballfield and recalled with great emotion of the the immediate reaction that he and his teammates had after hearing the news about the Hotshot tragedy.


The field was the 34th in the foundation's grant program that brings baseball fields to communities around the state.   





Prescott's 150th anniversary celebration, a three-day event from May 30-June 1, 2014, featured a wide assortment of events extending from the Yavapai County Courhouse to Presott Mile High Middle School.

The celebration weekend featured the number "150" in many ways, including a 150-square-foot cake donated by Costco and a beer garden offering 150 beers and wines.
Other attractions included a re-creation of the infamous 1870s-era shootout;
a performance stage with continuous live entertainment; a beer garden; a vintage/antique car show; an "Old West, Wild West & New West" town on the middle-school grounds; a family-oriented area with rides and games; an equestrian event; and a Territorial Dinner at Sharlot Hall Museum.   


Airport Water Reclamation Facility



More than 60 people, including contractor representatives and officials from the City of Prescott, Yavapia County and surrounding areas attended the ribbon-cutting on October 9, 2014, for the newly expanded wastewater plant located off Melville Road in northeast Prescott.    

The expansion, which took two years, will increase the capacity at the plant from the current 1.2 million gallons per day to 3.75 million gallons per day. In addition, the new facility is scalable, enabling future expansion phases to increase treatment capacity up to a total of 15 million gallons per day.

The cost of design and construction was approximately $42 million, financed though the Water Infrastructure Financing Authority (WIFA).  The debt is being repaid via wastewater rates and impact fees.

Design, permitting, and construction of the facility were successfully accomplished through the efforts of the City and its numerous partners and stakeholders including WIFA, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Arizona Eco Development, design team Waterworks Engineers and sub-consultants, and construction team PCL/Fann Environmental and subcontractors. 



Sidewalk Improvement Program makes an impact in the Downtown Area 



Alarcon Street (before)                 Alarcon Street (after) 


Several sidewalks in Downtown Prescott were rehabilitated in 2014, part of the  Downtown Sidewalk Repairs Project the Prescott City Council budgeted for in 2013.  Many of the completed sidewalks in the downtown area had not been replaced in more than 70 years and were in disrepair.

Thanks to improvements in concrete that exist now, the new sidewalks are expexted to last for decades. In certain areas, necessary ADA improvements, including ramps with truncated domes were added to help guide visually impaired pedestrians. Several property owners made additional enhancements to driveway entrances, walkways and landscaping, further improving the overall look of the streetscape. 

Improvements to sidewalks on additional streets in the downtown area will begin in the Spring of 2015.



 Prescott Regional Mass Casualties Incident Exercise


The City of Prescott hosted a public safety exercise at the Prescott Municipal Airport on November 8, 2014, to simulate a commercial passenger aircraft accident.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all commercial airports nationwide perform a full-scale drill every three years and prescribes various aspects of the exercise, including the type of aircraft used in the simulation, and the number of "victims" to be treated, for the purpose of evaluating incident management and first responder readiness.


The exercise included fire and smoke from a simulated aircraft crash, followed by emergency vehicles with lights and sirens responding to the scene inside the secured perimeter of the airport.


The Prescott Police and Fire Departments planned the drill for several months in coordination with the Prescott Regional Public Safety Communication Center (PRCC) and other local public safety organizations. 


These agencies conduct annual "table-top" exercises to review emergency plans and make refinements. Every third year, the agencies conduct a comprehensive drill of this type to test their emergency plans and operational capabilities.


9-11 Survivor Tree Sapling Planting  


At a moving ceremony on September 11, 2014, Prescott city officials dedicated the 9/11 Survivor Tree at Firehouse Station 71 on White Spar Road.  


Prescott was one of six communities selected for the inaugural launch of a program based on the seedlings from the Survivor Tree by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The museum sent seedlings from the tree to what it calls "resilient communities" that embody "the spirit of the Survivor Tree." Prescott was selected in honor of the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting squad that lost 19 men on June 30, 2013.


On September 11, 2001, one tree, a Bradford Pear, survived the World Trade Center attacks. Barely alive, it endured following years of off-site intensive care and rehabilitation by The New York Parks Department. Home again at the World Trade Center, The Survivor Tree now thrives, and is a national symbol of hope and resiliency.


Each year on September 12, the 9/11 Memorial donates a Survivor Tree Seedling to a community that has overcome tragedy. According to the Memorial, "These communities represent the spirit of the Survivor Tree and their tree will serve as an inspirational landmark conveying resiliency and hope within the community, just as the Survivor Tree does at the 9/11 Memorial."


According to the Memorial, when the pear tree was found, "it was severely burnt with its limbs reduced to stumps and its bark charred. Amazingly, however, leaves still sprouted and this tree's perseverance gave the recovery workers hope. The tree was replanted on Veteran's Day in 2001 and watched over with great care. The Survivor Tree quietly, but remarkably, grew from eight to 30 feet. New bark, leaves, and branches sprouted from the tree's scars, an inspiring symbol of survival, renewal, and strength after 9/11." 



Shop With A Cop



Shop With A Cop is a program that pairs a law enforcement officer with an at-risk child to give the child an opportunity to see an officer in a non-threatening situation. This program fosters a positive relationship between the two, while also allowing the child to provide for and contribute to their family's Christmas.

Many of these children come from less than ideal situations and are given an allotment of money to spend for needed items as well as gifts for family members and loved ones. This event is made possible solely from donations from quad-city citizens, organizations, and businesses.

The 17th annual event held was in December, 2014, and involved Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Yavapai College and Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe police departments, Yavapai County Sheriff's Department and Arizona Transportation, and the Division of Public Safety and Game and Fish departments.

The event kicked off at Yavapai College in Prescott, where 77 children ranging in age from 7-12 were introduced to an officer from one of the agencies volunteering their time.  
Santa Claus arrived in a Native Air Helicopter at the KMart parking lot to meet the children, where they then had breakfast provided by Kmart before shopping with their assigned officer.
For more information about Shop With A Cop, call Sgt. Dave Fuller at 777-1915 or send a donation to The Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina St., Prescott, AZ 86303. Checks should be made payable to the City of Prescott; include a note that it is for Shop with a Cop.