Cultivating unique spaces throughout Mesa that are
vibrant, safe, blight-free, and that are served by quality infrastructure to
attract and benefit residents,
business, and visitors.
The process of Placemaking is about re-imagining our spaces so they have meaning for people who use them, and using spaces better for the people who live, work, learn, and visit there. Placemaking includes both spatial (public spaces used by the public: buildings, parks, bike/pedestrian paths, etc.) and experiential (our social and cultural experiences using them).
Arts and Culture Spaces
From Fiscal Year 2006-07 through Fiscal Year 2019-20, total public participation in all programs offered by Mesa’s three premier cultural institutions totaled more than 8.0 million with an average of 640,000 each year between Fiscal Year 2010-11 and 2018-19. Since the pandemic began, all of our museums have had to drastically reduce capacity to ensure the safety of our patrons and our teams. Our theaters have had to completely shut down, dramatically reducing our public participation at each of our institutions for both Fiscal Year 2019-20 and Fiscal Year 2020-21.
The contributions of the Mesa Arts Center, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and the i.d.e.a. Museum are anticipated to return at full force in Fiscal Year 2021-22, providing a substantial and positive impact by increasing the number of visitors to Downtown Mesa and our local businesses. These visitors energize Main Street and the downtown area with their shopping and additional spending on gas, food, lodging, and parking which helps strengthen our local economy.
Mesa Public Library children’s program attendance saw an increase of 19% over the last year. The Library’s focus on early literacy efforts and increased children’s program offerings have contributed positively to this trend.
Dobson Ranch Library has especially seen a resurgence in attendance in children's programs for ages 0-5 by 65%, indicating more engagement and revitalization of library use in this community.
Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities
The Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department operates with 202 parks, 9 aquatic centers, 6 recreation centers, 2 professional baseball stadiums, a championship golf course, tennis center, convention center, a 5,000-seat amphitheater, a cemetery, and oversight of maintenance operations at all City owned properties. This uniquely organized Department serves employees and citizens throughout ALL stages of life.
Recreation and Aquatics
Citywide network of on-street and off-street multi-use paths
This data set provides information on the city network of bike lanes and multi-use paths. More about the City's Bike and Pedestrian Program.