Chandler and Kyrene School District officials have renewed their agreement to share athletic facilities, according to a news release from the city. The agreement applies to four lighted athletic fields located at Aprende Middle School and will last until April 30, 2027.

The school district owns the property, and the city owns the field lights. Chandler recreation programs can take place at these fields at no charge, according to the release. On the other end of the agreement, the district can use certain city parks and aquatic facilities for educational or athletic purposes without usage fees.

“Kyrene School District is always happy to partner with the city of Chandler, and this agreement allows us to provide additional services to our west Chandler families,” Superintendent Laura Toenjes said in the release. “It’s a win-win.”


Kyrene School District, which has 25 in-person schools, has seven schools located within Chandler city limits. The Tempe-based district will maintain the field, and the city will maintain the lights, according to the release, and the city will have priority use on one field on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and every other weekend.

“This agreement is a way to demonstrate how a government and school district can work together for mutually beneficial results,” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in the release. “The use of these fields will provide more opportunities for Chandler’s community groups and recreational programs to play on well-maintained fields.”