Mural Painting participants

Love Your Block

October 26, 2015 |

Mountain Park staff came together to help keep our communities clean. 

On Saturday November 14th Mountain Park Health Center hosted the Love Your Block/Grand Canal Clean-Up at our Gateway Clinic. Mountain Park’s Community Ambassadors led the charge, with around 200 of the 300 volunteers being Mountain Park staff and their families. The volunteers showed up bright and early to beautify and revitalize the canal that runs behind our Gateway Clinic. Several projects were completed including a clean-up of the space along the canal from 40th Street to 34th Street, extending Mountain Park’s existing mural, weeding and removing trash, painting over graffiti as well as creating a ribbon mural and resurfacing the baseball diamond at our partner, David Crockett Elementary School.

This isn’t the first time Mountain Park is hosting a beautification event in the area. In 2014 we worked with ASU’s School of Sustainability and several community partners to create a beautiful mural behind our Gateway Clinic (see: https://www.adaptsustain.net/.

There was a tremendous outpouring of support for this project from City Officials, including Mayor Stanton & Councilwoman Gallego, to local businesses, non-profits and residents of our Gateway neighborhoods. The community has taken ownership of this space and the revitalization of this area will continue into the future! The Grand Canal is an asset to our community and Mountain Park is proud to be part of its transformation into a safe, accessible and enjoyable space for our patients, staff and community.

Art was painted on the canal wall that is near our Gateway Clinic. 

A big thank you our muralist Angela Cazeljahn and to our partners from Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Somali American United Council, David Crockett Elementary School and the Girl Scouts for being a part of the Clean-Up, and to our sponsors who helped make the day possible: Office Depot, Hilton Garden Inn, Behr Paint, Sherwin-Williams, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, Home Depot, Oasis Hospital, Mesa Airlines, City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department, Justserve, Sea Life AZ and Stand for Children!

The Love Your Block project is laying the foundation for Canalscape, which beginning next fall, will add lighting, paved walkways and art installations to the canal running behind our Gateway clinic. The plan is to make this space a safe, clean and useable area for our patients and staff. The revitalized canal and the path along it will contribute to a more urban and accessible community and Mountain Park couldn’t be more proud to help make this happen.

If you have any questions about this project please contact Diversity and Community Affairs at diversityandcommunityaffairs@mphc-az.org.

A big thank you to our sponsors for making this happen:

International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
Office Depot
Hilton Garden Inn-Phoenix Airport North
Sherwin-Williams
BEHR
Home Depot