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June 30, 2021

The Voice of the West Valley for 36 years

Goodyear welcomes residents to new recreation campus BY LAUREN SERRATO

West Valley View Staff Writer

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he wait is over. A long-anticipated recreation campus will open its doors to the Goodyear community on July 3. The two-story campus is 48,000 square feet and located at 420 S. Estrella Parkway, south of the I-10, on Estrella Parkway and Harrison Street. “There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation within the Goodyear community for this facility, and the opening is perfect, just in time for summer,” said Mike Beadle, Goodyear’s recreation superintendent. With the built-up excitement about the facility’s opening, more than 2,200 passes were sold in the first month. Because of this and the anticipated memberships, the city is only selling passes to Goodyear residents. Those wishing to purchase a pass will have to provide proof of residency. The $75 pass covers the entire family for the remainder of 2021. “It’s honestly a really good deal,” Beadle

Goodyear will open the doors to its two-story, 48,000-square-foot recreation campus on Estrella Parkway and Harrison Street on July 3. (Photo courtesy of the city of Goodyear)

said. “Whether it’s one or 10 people, the $75 pass covers the rest of 2021, and that one pass gives you and the whole family access to the entire place.” Daily, monthly, semiannual, annual and 10-punch passes will be available at a later

date, pending availability and capacity limits. Pass holders will have access to the fitness area, group exercise rooms, group exercise classes, walking track, gymnasium, locker

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Avondale amputee raising funds for a new prosthetic leg BY TYLER WEGLEITNER West Valley View Staff Writer

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aniel Aldana was driving his motorcycle in Chandler on April 14, 2014, when he was hit by another vehicle. Immediately, he was rushed to the hospital. “I just remember waking up in the hospital all bandaged up and everyone just cry-

ing around me,” Aldana said. The Avondale resident bled out once at the scene and twice at the hospital. He said that while he doesn’t remember much of the accident, he does recall the recovery and the uncertainty that came within the following days. “It was quite scary for my family and for myself,” said Aldana. “We didn’t know

exactly what was going to happen or what was going on and what was to come.” Despite the uncertainty, he said he had a feeling that he knew he would be OK and that his family kept him going. “I had a good feeling that it was just another accident, I was going to get better,

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