Parks and Recreation - Neighborhood Park Watch Program
Glendale Parks & Recreation
Eagle Eye Neighborhood
Park Watch Program
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Glendale’s park system is taking a hit. Copper thieves have pulled wire out of light posts; stolen solar lighting batteries and stolen backflow preventers, which protects water systems from contamination on items such as drinking fountains and irrigation systems. These thefts have occurred at a variety of parks throughout Glendale costing the city valuable resources in both money (thousands of dollars) and staff time used to keep the quality of parks high.
The Glendale Parks and Recreation Department is asking citizens of Glendale and people visiting the parks to keep an “Eagle Eye” on the parks. If someone sees something suspicious, they are asked to call the police department at 911 or notify the Parks and Recreation Department immediately at 623-930-2820. Also keep an eye on the type of vehicles that are entering parks. Only city of Glendale vehicles are allowed in parks and utility vehicles should be considered suspicious. One citizen reported seeing an SRP magnet on a truck in a park where materials were stolen from.
These thefts not only cost the city money and time, they are leaving many parks without lighting, which can be a safety hazard and limit citizens park activities.
If you know anything about any of these thefts or see something suspicious, please help stop these criminals.
The Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watch Program is an effort to prevent crime and vandalism to our playground and park equipment, to alleviate suspicious activities in our parks, and to promote community involvement.
To report crime or vandalism in our city's parks, please call the Glendale Park Ranger at 623-695-3004. If a crime is in progress, please call the police department at 623-930-3000.
The Benefits of the Eagle Eye Program
- Create awareness of activities in public parks.
- Instill strong park, recreation and conservation values in citizens and encourage them to be responsible park users.
- Develop a sense of ownership for neighborhood parks, recreation areas and facilities among Glendale residents.
- Empower citizens who use parks and park facilities, thereby making them feel comfortable, safe and proud.
- Decrease incidents of vandalism, crime, misuse of park properties and related costs.
- Increase public awareness, cooperation and communication among law enforcement, citizens, community organizations, park districts, recreation and conservation agencies.
Seemore the Eagle
Seemore is the mascot who represents the program. With Seemore’s assistance, children and adults are taught about the importance of proper behavior in parks and how to take care of park property and equipment.
The vandalism in city parks and recreation facilities has shown a steady decrease after rolling out this pro-active program. Our statistics show that hours spend on vandalism in parks has been reduced by nearly 110 percent, and the cost of repairs in the parks has declined from
$64 to $34. The number of occurrences of vandalism in parks has also decreased nearly 30 percent. Criminal activity in the city’s parks has cost approximately $150,000 annually in past years.
We thank the following companies for their generous contribution to the "Eagle Eye" Neighborhood Park Watch Program.
Schuck and Sons Construction Company, Inc.
Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors
Arizona Federal Credit Union
Challenger Space Center
Kenneth Webb Distributors
Quality Inn & Suites Talavi
State Farm Insurance, Yvonne Knaack
If you would like Seemore to visit your school, please call 623-930-2652.