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Second big park in Gilbert gets its grand opening Nov. 6

A rendering shows plans for Phase 1 of Desert Sky District Park.

Gilbert will celebrate the grand opening of its second big park in just over six weeks when Desert Sky Park comes online Nov. 6.

The park at 6624 S. Power Road in Gilbert is fitness-centered with four multiuse fields and an obstacle-course playground. It also will have a 3.5-acre lake and 11 ramadas when it opens Phase 1.

The grand opening is scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6. The ribbon cutting will be at 6:15 p.m.

Attendees who conquer the course will receive a commemorative dog tag necklace declaring them a “Desert Sky Warrior.” They also can meet Adam Rayl, a four-time national finalist on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” who will be on hand at the unveiling of the fitness playground, which is the first of its kind for Gilbert.

Also planned for the opening is an all-ages fun run at 6:30 p.m., inflatables, giveaways, food trucks and more.

At build-out the park could reach 115 acres and include 16 multiuse fields.

Gilbert opened the first 30 acres, representing Phase 1, of Gilbert Regional Park on Sept. 21. That phase focused on three play areas for children of all ages and abilities.

Apache Junction Water District rate increase goes into effect

by Apache Junction Independent

Equipment at the Superstition Area Water Plant of the Apache Junction water district. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Under a budget approved June 18 by the Apache Junction Water District Board, rates for customers within the city limits increased approximately 2% on Oct. 1, which translates to a bill increase of less than $1.30 a month for the average customer using less than 7,500 gallons per month.

Rates for customers living in the county will increase approximately 5%, which translates to a bill increase of approximately $3.30 a month for the average customer using less than 7,500 gallons per month, according to a release.

The increase is part of the annual budget and rate-setting process, which includes reviewing operating expenses and equipment replacement costs, leading to the rate adjustment. The rate schedule is available online at ajwaterdistrict.org, or upon request. The new rates went into effect Oct. 1.

“The Apache Junction Water District makes every effort to minimize rate adjustments. We care about the potential impact this may have on our customers. The approach we have taken is reasonable, sensible, and responsible,” according to the release.

“The Apache Junction Water District is committed to providing safe and reliable drinking water to our customers. With this commitment comes the responsibility to ensure that infrastructure improvements are made, and that the water system remains financially sustainable,” according to the release.

This year major improvements to the water system will include emergency roof repairs of a million-gallon steel water storage tank to avoid premature failure. The contract for this project was recently approved by the Water District Board of Directors and work on the steel storage tank is underway. Completion of this project is anticipated by the end of the year, the release states.

For more information, call the Apache Junction Water District at 480-982-6030.