Learn what you can and cannot do in the open areas in and around Anthem. Enjoy the space, but also abide by the rules!
Law and order and the future of the Phoenix Police Department were a few of the topics discussed at the Representative Town Hall held on Friday.
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is scheduled to perform street maintenance on Anthem Way, Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Peak Parkway, March 13-April 4.
Excess rainwater can cause park and amenity closures, for the safety of the residents and the facilities.
Another section of Anthem medians and streetsides will receive granite treatment the week of Feb. 20.
This month’s Representative Town Hall meeting featured three speakers: State Senator Karen Fann, Chip Hart with Maricopa County Code Enforcement, and Jennifer Pokorski with Maricopa County Planning & Development.
Work taking place around Community Park should last a few days; but the beautification that results will last.
The ACC Board of Directors asks Anthem residents to attend a meeting and/or write a letter/email to the Arizona Corporation Commission, appealing to them to support total consolidation of the five wastewater districts.
The Representative Town Hall meeting for January featured two keynote speakers: Maricopa County Manager Joy Rich, and Daren Frank, Maricopa County Director of Planning and Development (also Manager of the Stadium District).
The ACC and all three homeowners’ associations will hold elections for their respective Boards of Directors this spring.
The Arizona Corporation Commission will consider a new wastewater rate case filed by EPCOR. Public comment will be taken on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m., at the Commission office. Anthem residents are encouraged to attend.
The Representative Town Hall meeting for December featured two keynote speakers; newly elected Maricopa County Supervisor for District 3, Bill Gates and Reserve Commander for the Phoenix Police Department, Joe Klima.
The Anthem Community Council recognized three Anthem businesses at the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala on Dec. 3.
The small playground designed for 2- to 5-year-olds, an original amenity adjacent to the train tunnel in Community Park, has undergone total renovation and is now open.
This month’s Representative Town Hall meeting welcomed two speakers to share their expertise in their respective fields.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will hold a memorial run to honor Deputy Bill Coleman, Nov. 8 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Extra marked cars and a helicopter will be in the area to support and salute the class.
Some residents received correspondence concerning recent mailbox vandalism and/or mail theft. Due to the timing of two pieces of communication, questions arose. Let us help clear up the confusion.
With the opening of Opportunity Way Park in the rearview mirror, Anthem is now home to three ACC-owned and operated parks. Make the most of these beautiful amenities.
It’s normal to look at the facts and figures that make up a budget and be confused as to how they got there. Wondering how the budget is built, how the figures are calculated and how the budget is approved are common questions.
The Public Safety Roundtable, which took place Sept. 6 at the Civic Building, produced one of the larger turnouts in recent memory.
Anthem’s newest and highly anticipated amenity, Opportunity Way Park, will open Sept. 17. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., with activities and games taking place all morning.
The small playground for 2-5 year olds, adjacent to the train tunnel in Community Park, was demolished in July. Renovation of this area is on pace for a reopening this fall.
The ACC and the New River/Desert Hills Community Association are partnering to bring local, state and federal candidates to the Anthem Civic Building, Sept. 14 beginning at 6 p.m.
The conversion of Little League Field #3 to the same size as Coleman Field and Little League Field #2 is underway. A reopening date will be announced soon.
“Art in Public Places,” a partnership between the ACC and the Sonoran Arts League, is in phase two at the Civic Building with a new exhibit.
The Community Planning and Development Committee is accepting projects for consideration as part of the Facilities Master Plan. Notice of Intent to Submit is due Dec. 31.
The ACC staff received approval from the Board of Directors to proceed with renovating and expanding the 2-5 year old playground area near the train tunnel in Community Park. The playground will close July 1.
In an effort to save money on escalating irrigation costs, the ACC, EPCOR and BrightView Landscapes have devised a plan to switch from potable to less expensive reclaimed water for the ACC-owned common areas in Paseo.
Fourteen Anthem youth have been appointed to represent their peers on the 2016-17 Anthem Youth Advisory Council (AYAC).
For several weeks in June and July, the Anthem Civic Building will be somewhat of a construction zone while the building undergoes roof replacement.
While away this summer, it’s a good idea to look like you’re not. Take a few minutes to think about summer safety with these tips from Anthem Neighborhood Watch.
Net metering, demand charges, rate consolidation...over the next several months, residents will begin hearing these terms more frequently. Get involved and have a voice in these matters by joining the Anthem Utilities Panel.
As warm weather descends upon Arizona and school lets out for the summer, activity and traffic at Anthem Community Park begin to increase.
Residents are sometimes taken aback when they see bushes severely trimmed in the community. BrightView Landscapes explains why this method works in restoring healthy growth.
Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is wrapping up work in Anthem, just as CenturyLink begins a pilot project.
Youth entering grades 7-12 are encouraged to apply for the Anthem Youth Advisory Council.
Several park amenities, including Adventure Playground and restroom buildings, have experienced vandalism recently.
A landscape beautification project along Anthem Way will begin this week, as the last grass “island” between the sidewalk and the curb along the perimeter of Community Park will be converted to desert trees and plants.
ValleyCrest, the landscape maintenance contractor for the ACC and the Anthem Parkside Community Association, is now known as BrightView.
The I-17 southbound ramp at Anthem Way will have overnight closures this weekend, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The three entrance gates to Community Park will be secured and locked when the park is closed beginning the weekend of April 8.
The walking trails and open green space of Community Park create a perfect atmosphere for pet owners and enthusiasts, but residents are asked to obey local, county and state rules and laws when visiting with four-legged friends.
The ACC is exploring the idea of using texts to communicate on a more regular basis.
Online account access is now live and available to all Anthem property owners.
Beginning Feb. 25, the Parks and Facilities Department will launch two budgeted improvement projects at Anthem Community Park.
Anthem has been named a winner in AZ Foothills’ “Best of Our Valley” contest as the “Best Master Planned Community for Children.”
According to Pulte/Del Webb, site work and land cleanup will begin on the new Circle Mountain Ranch development on Anthem’s west side the week of Jan. 25, with the first models opening early 2017.
Payments are due the 1st of January, April, July and October and considered late after the 15th of these months.
Choose a New Year’s resolution that will stick – commit to giving back to the Anthem community.
The transition to in-house financial operations during 2015 has been a positive one for the community.
Residents on Anthem's west side will begin to see more action as construction work on Opportunity Way Park begins.
At the annual Business Awards Reception on Dec. 1, three Anthem businesses were recognized for their contributions to the community.
Thirteen Anthem youth have been selected to serve on the second Anthem Youth Advisory Council.
The ACC Community Center and Anthem Civic Building will observe holiday hours. Residents are encouraged to plan accordingly.
At their Oct. 28 meeting, the ACC Board approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction of Opportunity Way Park and authorized Haydon Building Corp to proceed with construction, subject to permit approvals.
At the Oct. 28 public meeting, the ACC Board of Directors voted to approve the 2016 ACC Operating Budget.
The ACC Board of Directors will vote to approve the proposed 2016 Budget at its meeting Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Anthem Civic Building.
Entry and exit gates to Community Park in all three parking lots have begun being installed. The gates will serve as a safety mechanism.
The ACC is sponsoring the “Salute a Veteran” campaign, which allows the public to submit the names and email addresses of veterans, who will be sent a special “Thank You” eCard on Veterans Day.
The annexation of Circle Mountain Ranch, a new 202-unit single-family home development planned for north of the Anthem Post Office on 43rd Ave., has taken another step forward.
A new 202-unit single-family home development planned north of the Anthem Post Office on 43rd Ave. could be annexed into Anthem by Pulte. Residents have questions; here are answers to the most frequently asked.
Efforts are underway to improve the clarity and condition of Anthem Community Park fishing lakes.
A new 202-unit single-family home development proposed north of the Anthem Post Office on 43rd Ave. could be annexed into Anthem. The community is invited to meetings to discuss the concept.
To strengthen the Bermuda grass on the three little league fields, the ACC Board of Directors approved a request from staff and ValleyCrest to forego overseeding the fields for a trial period of one year.
The ACC Board approved a new Livability Vision for the community, a guide designed to provide a basic roadmap for Anthem’s future.
The Anthem Community Council is accepting applications to serve on the Anthem Youth Advisory Council (AYAC) for the 2015-16 term. Deadline to apply is Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.
The lettering on the the monument walls adjacent the Anthem Way entrance waterfalls is undergoing a facelift.
At the July 29, 2015 ACC Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved the site plan for Opportunity Way Park (OWP) and moved the project closer to a tentative groundbreaking in January.
Eastside residents will continue to receive solid waste collection services from Republic Services through 2020.
The Anthem Community Council is seeking volunteers for the Utilities Panel. Members of this committee primarily will focus on the upcoming EPCOR wastewater rate case beginning this fall.
Cox upgrades to offer 1GIG Internet service to Anthem residents in Country Club and eastern-most Parkside was completed Dec. 1, 2015.
Property owners who pay assessments through a bank’s electronic payment system are reminded to make certain to delete your prior payment record and enter a new payment record with the ACC’s current lockbox.
The ACC Board of Directors recently elected officers and appointed members to various committees.
The SMARTDrive test bed in Anthem could soon be upgraded to deployment phase, pending grant approval.
The ACC will partner with the North Valley Regional Library this summer for the Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story.” Participants earn “badges” for reading and attendance at community events.
Anthem residents can get text alerts about facility closures, weather-related news and other important information on their mobile devices.
While washes may look inviting for recreation, they are restricted from public use. Learn the difference between washes, 404 areas, NAOS and culverts, and the reasons behind restrictions.
Summer is here, which means lots of time to splash and play all around Anthem. Check out the hottest places to cool down around town.
Whether a longtime resident of Anthem or someone looking to relocate to the area, everyone benefits from new, detailed community maps released by the ACC.
Anthem residents are invited to attend the Anthem Community Council’s semi-annual Go Green event, April 23, 8 a.m. to noon at the ACC Community Park lower parking lot, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.
The Facilities Master Plan helps prioritize new “quality of life” projects for possible funding in the next five to 10 years. Learn more about how it works.
At the March 13 Legislative Town Hall meeting at the Anthem Civic Building, Maricopa County Deputy Director of Planning and Development Darren Gerard will present the county’s draft 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
The ACC was recently presented an Award of Distinction from the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association.
The busy season for ramada rentals at ACC Community Park is here, and residents are encouraged to plan ahead for their activities.
Anthem is known for providing top-notch amenities to community residents. The ACC Parks & Facilities Maintenance staff contributes to this with projects ranging from painting to major renovations, and 2014 saw a number of projects completed.
Those in need of assistance preparing state and federal taxes can find it in the form of AARP's Tax-Aide program. AARP will be offering free assistance with no age or income restrictions from February through April.
A Maricopa County Department of Transportation project to repair culverts damaged in a 2012 monsoon and improve drainage issues in the community is underway.
A ruling on a settlement that sees Anthem’s residential wastewater rates decrease by about 3.3 percent gives a positive end to a challenge facing the community for the better part of the year.
More than 60 volunteers participated in the Trail Stewardship Day Dec. 6 to explore and care for the local portion of the Maricopa Trail, adopted by the Desert Foothills Land Trust and Anthem Community Council.
As communication strengthens, residents become hyper-aware of happenings in Anthem - specifically, crime. Heightened alert means that people spend more time watching out for each other and reporting crimes.
Republic Services will offer complimentary natural Christmas tree disposal again this year, Jan. 2 and 9 from 8 a.m.-noon.
The Administrative Law Judge has issued a Recommended Opinion and Order to the Arizona Corporation Commission to adopt a wastewater rate case settlement at their Dec. 18 open meeting.
The use of holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, garlands, electric lights and candles can increase the incidence of holiday fires. Following a few simple fire safety tips can help ensure a fire-safe holiday season.
The Anthem Community Council Board of Directors voted last evening to approve a settlement agreement in the wastewater rate case which, if implemented, would result in a rate compromise for Anthem.
The Arizona Corporation Commission's Administrative Law Judge in the wastewater rate case has suspended evidentiary hearings until Nov. 20 to give parties the opportunity to consider a possible settlement agreement.
Local physicians and health care professionals will share information about current health topics, how to take preventive steps in making healthy choices and will empower people to take leadership of their healthcare choices with a new series at the Anthem Civic Building.
On Nov. 12, starting at 10 a.m., the Arizona Corporation Commission (1200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix) will begin the Evidentiary Hearing regarding wastewater rates for all five of EPCOR’s wastewater districts, which includes Anthem, Agua Fria, Sun City, Sun City West and Mohave.
Beginning in Dec. 2014, the ACC will be changing its accounting systems and banking relationships to bring services “in-house” and reduce annual costs. Residents are advised to be aware of several important changes.
The ACC and Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) will sponsor a trail stewardship day Dec. 6 on the Maricopa Trail. Residents can participate in a guided interpretive hike, and clean up or building projects.
MCDOT has completed the construction and installation of a pedestrian crosswalk signal at the intersection of Gavilan Peak Parkway and Venture Drive near the mid-park entrance.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, Anthem residents will celebrate Anthem Neighborhood Watch’s (ANW) ninth annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) event.
The grand re-opening of Adventure Playground and Splash Pad has been set for Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. and will include the unveiling of special area to memorialize Anthem's youth whose adventures on Earth ended too soon.
The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering breaking their agreement with the Anthem Community in providing fair and equitable wastewater rates, a move that could potentially increase Anthem ratepayers' bills by 20%.
A photo timeline of Anthem's history has been unveiled at the Anthem Civic Building as part of the 15th anniversary celebration. The timeline begins in 1998, at Anthem's groundbreaking, and extends indefinitely to allow for Anthem's future to be showcased.
The Anthem Community Council was asked by the Administrative Law Judge whether Anthem would agree to a 30-day rate freeze in the event that an order could not be issued prior to the year’s end. The Board voted to support this move, if necessary, to allow the Commission to make a fair and equitable decision.
The Coconino medical examiner has positively identified the body of Marc Buckhout, communications specialist for Anthem Community Council, who was classified as missing at the Grand Canyon last weekend.
The 2012 Arizona Corporation Commission decision to deconsolidate the Anthem Wastewater District from the Agua Fria Wastewater District is in jeopardy.
The Adventure Playground and Splash Pad will be renovated as a budgeted Reserve Fund project and planned reinvestment in the ACC’s Community Park.
The ACC is looking to fill a Special Events Assistant position to help plan and execute events held in Anthem.
Anthem resident Lloyd Claycomb (center) was presented with a Kindle Fire HD earlier this week by ACC special events director Michele DeMichele and community operating officer Neal Shearer.
The 15th annual Anthem Independence Day Celebration will be July 3, 6-10 p.m. at the ACC Community Park.
Proposed policies and procedures for the new Anthem Civic Building will be presented to the ACC Board at their next board meeting on Jan. 22, 2014.
Anthem residents, business owners, and organizations are invited to celebrate in the historic Grand Opening and Dedication of the new Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, and the Kick Off to Anthem’s 15th Anniversary on Jan. 25, 2014, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Work to fill the large pit on the north end of the proposed Opportunity Way Park site in far west Anthem has begun. This project is timed to take advantage of the excess fill material that must be removed from the State land immediately west of the abandoned retention basin—thereby saving the expense and inconvenience of hauling thousands of yards of dirt from more remote locations.
As part of the on-going renovations of the new Anthem Civic Building, a new concrete slab was poured to serve as a future public outdoor patio/gathering area. Approved by the ACC Board at a recent public meeting, the patio will be used for a number of purposes including:
At their November meeting, the ACC Board and public received an overview of proposed plans for a revitalization project of Adventure Playground and Splash Pad located in the upper ACC Community Park.
Residents are invited to join in the nostalgic effort of filling Anthem’s 15th Anniversary Celebration time capsule. In 2014, Anthem will celebrate 15 years in existence. As a result, the Celebration Committee is seeking resident ideas for items that would best represent the first 15 years of Anthem.
The Anthem Community Council was recently honored by the Community Association Institute’s (CAI) Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) program to be selected as a host site for their yearend case study curriculum.
On October 26-27, 2013, more than 700 Autumnfest attendees filled out ballots in Anthem’s 15th Anniversary logo contest - "What Anthem Means to Me."
At their September meeting, the ACC Board approved the addition of a permanent concrete patio surface and patio furnishings to the Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way.
As part of its continuing efforts to promote a drug-free Anthem community, the ACC Board of Directors recently approved the adoption of an Anthem Drug Education Work Group (DEWG), an affiliate group of the ACC that will be charged in helping to facilitate drug awareness presentations and programs for the greater Anthem area. Working Group volunteers will:
Anthem homeowners should expect to see an ACC budget summary, or Budget-in-Brief, in the mail by mid-November. It will include an outline of the Operating Budget for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Initial design work will commence this fall on the Opportunity Way Park (OWP) project that is proposed for the west side of Anthem. The proposed park site presents complex design challenges because it encompasses land owned by three separate partners—the Parkside HOA, EPCOR, and the Anthem Community Council.
The ACC Community Center basketball court will be unavailable after 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 in preparation for the National Family Day Awareness and Drug Education Seminar, which is scheduled that evening from 6:30-8:30. Expert prevention trainer Stephanie Siete of Community Bridges, will discuss:
Anthem community members and leaders gathered for a successful Anthem Civic Building Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, July 3 to kick off renovations for the new Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way.