Beginning at noon Friday, May 22, the city of Chandler will launch an initiative called "Dine in the Park," which will allow the patrons who order wine or beer to go from downtown Chandler restaurants to enjoy their beverages in the park.
The “Dine in the Park” hours are from 3-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, according to the city. Beer and wine may only be consumed within the specified boundaries of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West, which are from Boston to Buffalo streets along Arizona Avenue and within the Courtyard at the corner of San Marcos Place and Commonwealth Avenue.
“This initiative was created as a way to provide additional capacity for local restaurants as they adapt to restrictions imposed due to COVID-19,” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in a news release. “I commend City staff from multiple departments, including the Chandler Police, Community Services and the Cultural Development departments as well as the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, for their work on this initiative. I’m also grateful to the public for continuing to support local businesses during this time.”
“Dine in the Park” was made possible by designating a portion of the park as a public recreation area by the city and through Gov. Doug Ducey's executive orders allowing for takeout and delivery of alcoholic beverages. Glass containers are prohibited. It is expected that this initiative will conclude when liquor license controls for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages resume, according to the city.
With the new initiative, the Wave, a free shuttle serving the downtown Chandler area, will resume services at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21. The shuttle can take visitors from surrounding parking garages to downtown businesses, restaurants and the park.
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Enjoy wine, beer in the park in downtown Chandler beginning Friday, May 22
Residents can now drink alcoholic beverages at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. (Courtesy city of Chandler)