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Feb. 8, 2016
 
Celebration Plaza honoree plaquesCity of Chandler seeking nominations for individuals or groups to be honored at Celebration Plaza
 
Each year, the City of Chandler inducts one or more honorees into Celebration Plaza, a monument honoring individuals and organizations who’ve made significant and enduring contributions to the community. Nominations for induction come from the public, and the City is currently accepting nominations through April 30, 2016. The nominating criteria and form is online at chandleraz.gov/celebrationplaza. Forms are also available at all Chandler libraries, community centers, recreation facilities, Chandler Museum, and City Hall. There is no fee to submit a nomination.
 
Celebration Plaza is a permanent water feature and monument wall near the center of Tumbleweed Park, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Since 2007, it has served as a central location to honor service organizations and a select group of residents, living or deceased, for their civic leadership, public outreach, personal service and commitment to the community.
 
Inductees are selected by the Chandler City Council, based on recommendations from the Museum Advisory Board.
 
Any nominee selected for induction after the review process will be honored at an induction ceremony in November 2016. As part of the induction, a brass plaque will be placed in Celebration Plaza. Last year’s honorees included Officer David Payne and Chandler Kiwanis Club.
 
Celebration Plaza Nominee Criteria
 
Celebration Plaza nominees should be residents, living or deceased, who have displayed outstanding civic commitment, leadership, public outreach and service to the people of Chandler. Nominations should clearly state why the individual or organization deserves this recognition, and supporting letters or documentation is strongly encouraged. The nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Community leaders whose outstanding personal service has resulted in significant and enduring contributions to the community (support for this recognition should include endorsements from other groups, neighborhoods, or organizations);
  • An individual or individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the City of Chandler;
  • An individual or individuals who have added to the quality of life for Chandler residents through their involvement or financial contribution to short or long-term city projects or activities;
  • An individual who has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity, which have made Chandler a better place to live and work.
  • City of Chandler employees killed in the line of duty. 
Nominees cannot be individuals holding an elected City of Chandler office or serving on the Museum Advisory Board or Parks and Recreation Board at the time they are either nominated or approved for inclusion in Celebration Plaza.
 
Questions about the Celebration Plaza nomination criteria or the recognition process can be directed to Cultural Affairs Coordinator Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or jean.reynolds@chandleraz.gov.