D'Arcy Ranch Sign






Three Chandler neighborhoods and a homeowner association president were the recipients of Chandler’s first ever Neighborhood Excellence Awards presented Feb. 6 by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny at his annual State of the City Address.  

Mayor Tibshraeny initiated the awards program last fall and began soliciting nominations as a way to recognize neighborhoods and their leaders for working to improve their community and inspire others to become more involved.

The Mayor lead a panel of judges in reviewing applications and nearly 400 residents voted online to choose the winners. The stories of the winning neighborhoods can be viewed online at www.chandleraz.gov/connect.

Bart Salzman, president of the San Marcos Estates Homeowner’s Association, received the Neighborhood Leader of the Year Award for his role in getting homeowners involved in the betterment of their community.  He is credited with spearheading events and developing a We Care Committee that helps maintains the yards of disabled and elderly residents in the San Marcos neighborhood.

A block party organized by the D’Arcy Ranch neighborhood that included a bouncy house, disc jockey and public safety displays received top honors in the Best Neighborhood Event category. Established in 1990, the neighborhood of 256 homes located near Ray Road and the Price Freeway had over 125 residents attend their event.

San Mateo Estates located near Arizona Avenue and Knox Road was recognized for having the Best Revitalization Story after one resident’s efforts to improve their home
became contagious. Block fences in the community began replacing deteriorating wooden ones and a paint-share program sparked an infectious attitude to improve the entire neighborhood.  



The award for the Most Active/Engaged Neighborhood went to San Marcos Estates near Alma School and Pecos roads. The neighborhood of 210 homes uses a variety of communication tools and special events to bring neighbors together. Residents credit the establishment of the We Care Committee that helps neighbors in need and making use of resources offered by the City’s Neighborhood Resources Division as contributors to their neighborhood’s success.

For more information about the awards program or how to become a registered neighborhood, contact Chandler’s Neighborhood Programs Office at 480-782-4354.

City of Chandler
Neighborhood Programs Office
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-4350 Fax