Springdale -- Creating a Society to Match our Scenery
Described by Outside Magazine as "America's only all-natural politician-composer," Phillip Bimstein served two terms as Mayor of Springdale, Utah, which is the gateway community to Zion National Park.
In 1996, the Town of Springdale, Zion National Park, Utah Department of Transportation and Zion Natural History Association were awarded the National Park Foundation's "Partnership Leadership Award for Beyond Park Boundaries," at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. In 2001 Springdale was awarded the National Parks Conservation Association's first National Parks Achievement Award, "For their vision and efforts to develop an exemplary transportation system for Zion National Park."
In 1998, Mayor Bimstein spoke at the "Designing for Community" conference at Denali National Park, and at "Beyond the Boundaries: Building Gateway Partnerships for the 21st Century," in Tacoma, Washington, where he also introduced the Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt. Other organizations he has addressed include the Utah Travel Council, Utah Arts Council, The Wilderness Society, Utah Parks & Recreation Association, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, AARP of Utah, Coalition for Utah's Future, the Utah management team for the Bureau of Land Management, the Central Utah Water Conservancy Board, the National Park Service's River, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and the Utah Rural Summit.
Mayor Bimstein was an advocate for protection of the environment. In 1995 he testified twice before Congress in support of Utah's wilderness, and in 1997 he testified for the banning of airplane overflights above Zion National Park. He has argued for better management of growth on KUED's "Civic Dialogue."
Mayor Bimstein served on the boards of directors of the Utah Humanities Council, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Family Now, and committees for the Washington County Economic Development Council, the Virgin River Management Plan, and the Washington County PTA.
Having served as President of Z-Arts! (Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities) and Executive Director of New Music Utah, Mayor Bimstein participated in The American Canvas, a 1996 initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music Utah and Professor Susan Kenney (BYU) received the USA Today Award for implementing one of the nation's "Top 50 Community Solutions to Education."
As a recipient of Meet The Composer's largest grant, the three-year "New Residencies," Mayor Bimstein has built partnerships between community and arts organizations which creatively address the issues and celebrate the people of southern Utah.