George “Doc” Cavalliere Park earns Crescordia award
Oct. 2, 2012
Contact: Tim Conner, Environmental Initiatives Manager,
George “Doc” Cavalliere Park earns Crescordia award;
other Scottsdale projects honored by Valley Forward
Scottsdale’s George “Doc” Cavalliere Park captured a top honor recently at the Valley Forward Association’s 32nd Annual Environmental Excellence Awards banquet.
More than 120 entries were received in Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious awards competition focusing exclusively on sustainability initiatives.
The top award is known as the Crescordia. Valley Forward presented 17 first-place Crescordia awards and 29 Awards of Merit.
George “Doc” Cavalliere Park won in the “Site Development and Landscape – Parks” category. The park sets a benchmark for the design and construction of a community park in a sensitive desert environment. Open spaces were preserved and site disturbance minimized while maintaining traditional park features.
Cavalliere Park opened last February on 34 acres at 27775 N. Alma School Parkway. It includes a shaded playground, two lighted basketball courts, a one-mile loop hiking trail, picnic area, open turf, wildflower viewing area, ramadas and restrooms.
The park is named after one of Scottsdale’s first council members. Cavalliere ran Reata Pass Steakhouse and the Greasewood Flat tavern in addition to running his family's downtown blacksmith shop for 50 years. He died in 2009 at age 92.
The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association also won a Crescordia in the “Environmental Education/Communications – Public Sector” category for a public awareness campaign.
The Fix a Leak Week promotion and One for Water 4-Miler & Festival encourages residents to eliminate water waste in their homes. The association sponsored the campaign with support from more than 40 partner municipalities – including the city of Scottsdale, businesses and organizations.
Another Scottsdale project received an Award of Merit in two other categories.
IN FLUX Initiative was recognized in – “Livable Communities – Adaptive Reuse” and “Art in Public Places.” Scottsdale Public Art launched the initiative in October 2010 to connect with and support local artists, merchants, and property owners -- bringing renewed vitality to Downtown Scottsdale through a series of multi-disciplinary temporary art installations in vacant storefronts.
After a successful first year, IN FLUX returned in Spring 2012 for a second cycle featuring expanded programming and an innovative partnership with Tempe Public Art to reach new audiences and artists throughout the Valley.
Learn more about the Valley Forward Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards.