CityScope: February - March 2024

Join in the 2024 Chandler Family Bike Ride


Get ready to celebrate the 16th Annual Chandler Family Bike Ride with us on Saturday, April 6. This year, you’re invited to “pedal through time” and dress yourselves and your bikes in the iconic styles of your favorite decade.

The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. with activities that include a community bike show, vendors and bicycle equipment safety checks.

Promptly at 8:30 a.m. the guided 7.4 mile bike ride will begin, starting at the Chandler Park and Ride, located at 2100 S. Hamilton St. Participants will bike along the Paseo Canal south to Crossbow Park, and back. Upon return, cyclists can enjoy a free Kona Ice to celebrate.
If you’re not able to attend the community event or would rather ride in the comfort of your own neighborhood or park, the city also offers a virtual bike event April 7-14. Grab your family and friends and ride anytime during the weeklong event.

Whether riding in the virtual or in-person community event, all participants are asked to register online. Be sure to pre-register by March 31 to receive a free event t-shirt.
For more information call 480-782-3442. Thank you to this year’s title sponsor, SRP.

Chandler offers passport services


Did you know that the Chandler City Clerk’s Office is designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Passport Acceptance Facility? That’s right! Chandler residents and the general public can come to Chandler City Hall to process their passport application

Just make an appointment to schedule a convenient time Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The website is updated in real time and appointments are added daily. It’s recommended to check frequently for open dates and times.

Once your appointment is scheduled, you’ll receive an email with a checklist of payment requirements, paperwork and identification to bring to your appointment.

As a reminder, if you have emergency travel, we recommend visiting or call 1-877-487-2778.

Reminder — businesses in Chandler need to be registered

As a reminder, all businesses operating from a fixed location in Chandler need a Business Registration prior to engaging in business activities. Businesses required to be registered include, but aren’t limited to, anyone operating from a physical brick and mortar commercial or residential location in Chandler. This includes retailers, wholesalers, professional services, home based businesses, commercial property rentals, internet businesses, kiosk or vending type business, mobile businesses and others. Information regarding the registration requirements can be found online or by calling 480-782-2299.

Springtime events in Chandler

Chandler Jazz Festival
April 4 - 7 | Downtown Chandler

Downtown Chandler hits a high note with the return of the 2024 Chandler Jazz Festival. The expanded festival treats music lovers to melodic melodies from local and national artists. The return of the main stage happens on Saturday, April 6 this year. Sidewalk bands will be playing downtown and there will be bands playing in many of the downtown establishments each day of the festival. The events are sure to kick off an amazing celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. 

Family Easter Celebration | March 29 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Dr. A.J. Chandler Park Stage Plaza
No bunny does Easter like Chandler’s Family Easter Celebration, especially when it’s egg-citing! Hop along with other bunnies and eggs-perience the 24 Karrot Trail, games, inflatables and more. Bring your camera to capture memories with the Easter Bunny. Visit c for more information.

Earth Day Celebration | April 20 | 9 a.m. to noon | Chandler Nature Center
Show Mother Earth some love and do a world of good during the Earth Day Celebration. Discover ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle through crafts, activities and information booths featuring a variety of organizations promoting “green” products, conservation and sustainability. 

Get your yard ready for spring

Warmer weather is here, and it’s time to get Chandler yards ready for spring. There are three options for residents to dispose of green waste.

One option is to bag yard waste and place it in the black trash container for normal weekly collection. Maricopa County and Chandler City Code require that all yard waste items, including leaves and grass, must be bagged and tied before placing it in the trash can.

Another option is curbside bulk collection. There are specific size requirements and instructions. Make a list of what you need picked up, then call Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510, or submit an online request to receive instructions and schedule.

The third option for Chandler residents is to drop off yard waste at the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center (RSWCC), located at 955 E. Queen Creek Road. The facility is open Thursday through Monday, and closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and city-observed holidays. A picture ID is required, as well as a current City of Chandler utility bill showing city-provided solid waste services (within 60 days). Residents must haul and unload their waste, and only trash from the Chandler residence listed on the bill may be brought to this facility.

Backyard composters are available at the RSWCC and backyard composting workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Register online, or call 480-782-3800.

New Summer Hours Announced
Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center (RSWCC)
From Memorial Day through Labor Day
Open Thursday through Monday
6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annual Financial Report and Budget Summary

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 Budget and 2024-33 Capital Improvement program are available on the city’s website. The city’s FY 2022-23 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) is available online, and in the Management Services Department, Chandler Public Libraries and the City Clerk’s Office.

The financial report summary provides information about the city’s financial condition for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. The budget summaries depict the city’s operating and capital budgets for the prior and current fiscal years. The information included in this summary is extracted from the documents
listed above. For further information, call 480-782-2254.

Chandler receives accolades for financial reporting and budget presentation

The city remains committed to providing residents with complete and fair presentation of its financial affairs. In 2023, Chandler again received two prestigious awards from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The Accounting Division received the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award, for the June 30, 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). This was the 41st consecutive year the city has received this award.

The Budget Division, for the 36th consecutive year, received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2023-24 Budget document.


Residents give Chandler high marks for quality of life, services and safety

Chandler residents expressed high levels of satisfaction with their quality of life, services received and community’s safety through responses gathered for the city’s annual budget survey. A few key takeaways from the survey responses were that:

  • 99 % of respondents felt positively about the quality of life in Chandler
  • 98 % agree that Chandler’s Fire Department provides quality care
  • 96 % were satisfied with overall city services
  • 94 % agreed that there is a good return on their tax dollar
  • 92 % of respondents agree that they feel safe in Chandler

Residents of Chandler were asked to provide their thoughts about the
community and its future in the annual budget survey that began in late November and ran through mid-January. The survey provides residents a convenient way to share feedback regarding city services, amenities and infrastructure that are important to their quality of life in Chandler.
Staff reported that 1,768 surveys were received, and 1,350 comments were
provided. Some common themes that arose when comments were reviewed include:

  • Continued support for police patrols/presence
  • Continue to improve non-motorized transit options, biking and walking paths
  • Encouraged code enforcement to keep commercial and residential properties in compliance
  • Continue to provide recreational opportunities and maintain facilities

The Chandler City Council will use this information to assist in the formulation of the city’s financial plan as it continues the process of creating the budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year.


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Mayor & Council | 480-782-2200
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