City of Prescott  NEWS
Summer 2015
Newsletter Contest!
Readers' ideas are wanted for a title contest

The city is in the process of updating the look and feel of its citywide newsletter, and we are asking for help from the community to come up with a creative title.


The title should be short and reflect the type of publication it is: an informational newsletter about the city.


The deadline to enter the title contest is July 15. The person who comes up with the winning suggestion will be featured in the first edition. The newsletter will be published four times a year.


Suggestions can be sent by email to the Communications Department at or by telephone to the communications manager Catherine Sebold at 928.777.1362



Mild Winter Brings Out Record Number of Golfers at Antelope Hills
Antelope Hills Golf Course 30 sec. Promo 2015
Antelope Hills Golf Course 30 sec. Promo 2015

An upswing in players at Antelope Hills Golf Course is being attributed to several factors, including a mild winter, new golfer loyalty card, and broad marketing efforts. 


Prescott Recreation Services Director Joe Baynes says activity at the golf course increased 15% over the previous year, between November 2014, through February 2015.  Baynes added that 1,400 loyalty cards have been sold since the program began in June, 2014.

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



For more information, please visit the  Antelope Hills Golf Course website 



 City of Prescott Receives Clean Water Project of the Year Award




The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) selected the City of Prescott to receive WIFA's 2014 Clean Water Project of the Year award. WIFA presented the award during the City of Prescott Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.


The 2014 Clean Water Project of the Year was for the Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion, a $42 million infrastructure project to expand treatment capacity to accommodate current and near-term needs of the community. Prior to the upgrade, the facility's technology and design limited Prescott's ability to support a higher level of treatment and capacity. The expansion and renovation project began in November 2012 and was recently brought online. The City of Prescott now has the ability to treat increased future wastewater flows and produce more Class A+ reclaimed water.


The WIFA Board of Directors selected the project for award based on Prescott's focus on fiscal sustainability, exceptional project management, and commitment to improving Arizona's quality of life through wastewater infrastructure upgrades.


"Treating wastewater to a Class A+ level allows for Prescott to reuse the water for beneficial purposes, such as irrigating sports fields, golf courses, and commercial landscapes, restoring riparian habitats and recharging groundwater aquifers," said WIFA Board Chairman Henry Darwin, who is also Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. "The City of Prescott is to be commended for successfully completing this project, which protects water quality for Arizonans."


Planning for such an extensive and important project involved anticipating system users' future needs and demands, as well as setting user rates appropriately. This foresight and planning allowed Prescott to complete this essential infrastructure improvement project effectively and efficiently.


"City of Prescott staff was exceptionally well-organized and managed this massive project with impressive skill," said WIFA Executive Director, Sandy Sutton. "We are very pleased to acknowledge their achievements and hard work with this award."


For more information, please visit WIFA's website. 


Prescott Circle Trail



A celebration was held at Watson Lake Park, Friday, May 29, 2015, to commemorate the 54-mile Prescott Circle Trail, a non-motorized trail intended for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers that was 25 years in the making.


The trail meanders through forest, chaparral, grasslands, and along the shorelines of Watson Lake, Willow Lake, and Goldwater Lake. The topography along the route ranges in elevation from about 5,200 feet to over 6,000 feet.


The celebration, held by the Yavapai Trails Association and the City of Prescott, celebrated that the trail is now connected, though technically not completed. Only a small section near Williamson Valley requires hikers go off-trail onto a by-pass in a residential neighborhood for about a mile and half.


City of Prescott Recreation Services Director Joe Baynes told the crowd that gathered that the trail would not have come this far, had it not been for the volunteers, including the Over the Hill Gang, who spent hours upon hours clearing brush and building the trail.


Baynes also highlighted the cooperation that went into building the trail, as parts of it cross over land owned by the private sector, the Forest Service, as well as city, county and state governments.


The Yavapai Trails Association has produced a booklet that includes maps, trailhead directions, hike descriptions and an overview of the trail's history. The Guide to the Prescott Circle Trail is available for $10 at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands Center for Natural History, as well several local biking and hiking stores.


To view a map of the trail, click HERE


Parking is free. For more information, please call (928) 777-1122.  



Jan Alfano, founder of the Yavapai Trails Association, who came up with the concept of the trail with friends in the 1990s, cuts the cake during a celebration at Watson Lake in commemoration of the Prescott Circle Trail.



City of Prescott Adds Traffic Safety Improvements to Whiskey Row




To enhance safety for downtown events, the City of Prescott installed sleeve assemblies in the street pavement near the crosswalks at both ends of South Montezuma Street on Whiskey Row in April. The sleeves will allow the placement of removable steel traffic bollards-vertical steel posts-providing a physical barrier to the passage of motor vehicles during special events when the street is closed.


The bollards were first used during the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race April 24 through April 26, 2015.


The construction consisted of the placement of 19 underground concrete foundations and flush mounted sleeve systems which accept removable steel traffic bollards during times of street closure for special events on Montezuma. This project will result in a system that enhances public safety during special events.


According to Prescott Mayor Pro Tempore Chris Kuknyo, who initiated the bollard project, "Anytime we can enhance the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians by offering protection from vehicular traffic, it's a good thing."




Free Residential Yard Waste Drop-off   


To assist City of Prescott residents' disposal of yard waste, including limbs, branches and shrubs from pruning or cutting, the City Solid Waste Division will be offering free residential drop-off each Saturday in June (June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Transfer Station, 2800 Sundog Ranch Rd. in Prescott.


This service is free for City of Prescott residents only. Residents are required to show proof of residency at the Fee Booth, such as a driver's license or utility bill, and must weigh all yard waste material for tracking purposes. The yard waste loads should be contained and covered, but should not be bagged and should not contain any trash or processed wood products. Loads that contain contaminants will be charged full price as solid waste.


This service is for residential customers only. Commercial haulers are required to pay a fee for yard waste disposal.


Please call the Transfer Station at (928) 777-1116 for questions or directions.




Outdoor Watering Restrictions in Effect  




Time of day outdoor watering restrictions are currently in effect until November 1, 2015.  City water customers must water outdoors between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily.  


In 2006, the City of Prescott adopted a Time of Day Outdoor Watering restriction into City Code to improve the community's efforts for conservation -minded irrigation and to meet state law requirements. 


The best time of day to begin irrigation is in the night, and the irrigation cycle should end early enough before sunrise to allow excess water to soak into the landscape so that the leaves will dry in the normal time period. Night-time temperatures and wind speeds are much lower and humidity is higher, which means lower evaporative losses during irrigation. Plus there is no sun at night so solar radiation does not contribute to water evaporation.


Practicing a low water-use lifestyle outdoors is a way everyone can help conserve water. WaterSmart landscaping reduces water use, saves money, reduces runoff, and is a fun way to create your own unique yard. Visit to virtually tour local WaterSmart landscapes and gardens, select native and low water use plants, share photos and landscape designs, and find local landscape resources. And don't forget to submit a photo of your WaterSmart yard to share with others!


Thanks for doing your part to live WaterSmart!




New Sign Unveiled On Willow Creek Road Recognizing

German Sister City 




A new street sign was unveiled on Willow Creek Road, officially recognizing Zeitz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, as Prescott's newest Sister City.       


Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, and Zeitz Mayor Volkmar Kunze unveiled the sign, with members of the Arizona Sister Cities Committee and colleagues of Mayor Kunze in attendance.    


Zeitz, with a population of approximately 30,000, is located in the former East Germany, about two hours south of Berlin. The partnership with Zeitz was finalized by the Prescott City Council in February, 2013, after more than a year of communication with Zietz officials.   


Zeitz became the third Sister City relationship for Prescott, after establishing relationships with Caborca, Mexico, and Suchitoto, El Salvador.     


The bond with Zeitz has led to cultural and tourism exchanges between the two communities, including German students who have traveled to Prescott, and students from Bradshaw Mountain High School who have traveled to Germany. In addition, Mayor Kunze traveled to Prescott during Arizona's February 2012 centennial celebration, and several Prescott residents traveled to Zeitz in the fall of 2012.    




  Prescott Police Officer Receives Lifesaving Award 





Prescott Police Officer Ryan Ehlert was honored with the Prescott Police Department Lifesaving award for saving the life of a professional acquaintance and friend, Dean Swain.    


The incident occured on January 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 p.m., when Officer Ehlert was in the area of Highway 89A, near mile post 319 assisting with a vehicle accident which had just occurred. Tow truck operator Dean Swain arrived on scene to remove one of the vehicles involved in the accident.   


Officer Ehlert remained on scene to assist, and while Mr. Swain was preparing the vehicle for the tow, Mr. Swain collapsed, falling backwards. Officer Ehlert provided immediate life saving actions by performing CPR on Mr. Swain until he regained a pulse and paramedics arrived on scene. Due to Officer Ehlerts quick reaction and abilities, Mr. Swain survived and is recovering.  


Officer Ehlert was given the lifesaving award at the Feb 10, 2015, city council meeting. Members of Dean Swain's Tri City Knights, a car enthusiasts group, also presented Officer Ehlert with a glass trophy expressing gratitude for saving the life of their good friend. 



 Summer Highlights




 Worlds Oldest Rodeo & Fourth of July 



 In our historic town, Fourth of July means cowboys. The World's Oldest Rodeo, a tradition since 1888 and the area's biggest annual event, runs June 29 through July 4 at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds and includes bull riding, roping, steer wrestling and other feats of derring-do. During the weekend, you'll find plenty of other reasons to keep wearing your cowboy boots, including rodeo dances, parades, the coronation of the rodeo queen and even "cowboy church," a non-denominational service. A city sponsored carnival and fireworks display cap the weeklong festivities on July 4 at Pioneer Park.


Prescott Frontier Days, Inc., host of the World's Oldest Rodeo, was recently named the one event not to miss in Arizona by Yahoo Travel. This year marks the 128th Annual World's Oldest Rodeo held in Prescott, Arizona. 



For the past five years the World's Oldest Rodeo has reached new heights with record attendance including several sell-out performances. This historic event captures rodeo fanatics from all over the world, near and far.



For more information and tickets, visit the Worlds Oldest Rodeo website.






Summer Concert Series




The Annual Downtown Summer Concert Series--free entertainment five days a week--will run  through the beginning of September on Prescott's picturesque Courthouse Plaza. 


On Thursday's, the concert series will turn the micophone over to local singers vying for the title of "Prescott's Karaoke Idol."  To sign up to perform, particpants must go to the  The Wolf radio station website.  The finale will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015. 



The Weekly Lineup:


Tuesday - Jazz on the Square 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday - Movies in the Park - Starts at Dusk

Thursday - Prescott Idol (Except the third Thursday of the month) 6:30pm-8:30pm

ThirdThursday - Central Arizona Concert Band 6:45pm-7:45pm

Friday & Saturday - Various Musical Genres 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. 


A complete schedule of the entertainment is available here