Mayor Boyd Dunn and quilter Carol Temple with the City of Chandler's AAC quilt square

Mayor Boyd Dunn and quilter Carol Temple with the City of Chandler's All-America City quilt square

Chandler, AZ – The 2010 All-America City quilt begins a 25-city tour Saturday, October 16, allowing each of the communities that participated in the annual civic recognition program an opportunity to display the finished patchwork.

First stop on the national tour will be Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park where it will be unveiled during the annual Day of Play. The quilt will then be displayed at Chandler’s downtown library through October 24. The Day of Play is a free celebration that runs from 8 a.m. to noon and recognizes the importance of fitness, health and wellness for kids of all ages. The quilt will be unveiled at 8:30 a.m. by Mayor Boyd Dunn. Tumbleweed Park is located at 745 E. Germann Road. The library is located at 22 S. Delaware Street.

 The quilt will visit 19 states during the next year, making its final stop in Middleton, Wisconsin. All-America City finalists contributed 12-inch by 12-inch squares that were sewn together for the display. Carol Temple, an avid quilter at the Chandler Senior Center, designed Chandler’s square.

 “What a wonderful opportunity to allow Chandler to debut this great work of Americana art,” Mayor Dunn said. “I was proud to have delivered Chandler’s square to the National Civic League staff during the All-America City competition this summer. Now to see it all come together is a great feeling. I also want to commend Carol for truly representing Chandler at its best.”

The quilt also becomes Chandler’s contribution to Cities and Towns Week, sponsored by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. The week is set aside each year to recognize the services that cities and towns provide, as well as to honor those who serve at all levels of municipal government.

"To me the quilt is a vibrant illustration of what is working in American communities,” said National Civic League (NCL) President Gloria Rubio-Cortes.

For more information, contact City of Chandler's Public Information Officer Craig Younger at 480-782-2701.