This park boasts a 64-acre recreation center with amenities such as an amphitheater, walking trails, a splash pad, a playground, a Veteran’s memorial, a world-famous fountain, a disc golf course, an art collection, and more! Whether you’re attending an event/show or dining at one of the restaurants nearby, going for a picnic and walk, or just want some beautiful nature to explore and enjoy, Fountain Park in Fountain Hills is always a great option!
Expanding over 16,000 acres, the South Mountain Park and Preserve is one the largest municipal parks in the country, not to mention the world, and expands over three different mountain ranges: Ma Ha Tauk, Gila, and Guadalupe. People come from all over to hike, ride horseback, mountain bike, and so much more, through the over 50 miles of trails. Visitors can go to the South Mountain Environmental Education Center to learn about the Sonoran Desert and its natural history, animals, plants, and conservation needs. Another key attraction is the Mystery Castle, which is an 18-room three-story building filled with all things Southwestern – including 13 fireplaces – visitors can tour between the months of October and May. It’s no wonder BOTH South Mountain and the Mystery Castle made it to the Phoenix Point of Pride list!
Located in the heart of Scottsdale, this railroad park is 30 acres and is truly one of a kind. Some of the most well-known amenities are the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and the 1950s vintage Allan Herschell carousel, and some of the most unique playgrounds out there. In addition to the railroad exhibits, there is a museum and year-round events for visitors to enjoy.
Just a short drive from downtown Phoenix, Papago Park is known for its recreational facilities and its hiking trails, not to mention the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden, and the Hole in the Rock. In addition to those highlights, this Phoenix Point of Pride also includes a fishing lagoon called Papago Ponds, Papago Golf Course (where the ASU men’s and women’s golf teams call home), Hunt’s Tomb, the Hall of Flame Museum, the Arizona Heritage Center, and the Papago Sports Complex and Stadium.
Boasting 100 acres, Chaparral Park includes a vast greenbelt for walking and biking, a dog park, a community center, a pool, a boating and fishing lake/pier, a playground, lighted baseball fields, ramadas, an exercise course, sand volleyball courts, and half-court basketball courts. Visitors can envoy picnics, walks, and all the other facilities throughout the year.
Encanto park has plenty of exciting amenities throughout its 222 acres, some of which include a fishing lagoon, a clubhouse and boathouse, two golf courses, a swimming pool, a sports complex, and the Enchanted Island Amusement Park. Loosely based off San Diego’s Balboa Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this Point of Pride is a hot spot for events, gatherings, picnics, and even weddings at the garden.
Downtown Phoenix has tons of exciting happenings going on all throughout the year and many of them take place at Margaret T. Hance Park, which expands over 32 acres. From outdoor festivals to fitness events to concerts, Hance Park has hosted just about everything. Named after the city of Phoenix’s first female mayor, the park is also home to Phoenix Center for the Arts, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, and even a dog park. In one park, Hance also houses not one, but TWO Phoenix Points of Pride: the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Burton Barr Phoenix Central Library!
Hosting around 40 events of various sizes every year, Temple Beach Park is known as a staple of the community. Rent a bike or a boat to get around the 25-acre park or walk around and take it all in. There is the iconic Tempe Town Lake and a baseball diamond, in addition to plenty of trails, picnic areas, ramadas, and more for visitors to enjoy year-round.
Conveniently located right off the SR 51, Roadrunner Park is known for its pool, but it also has basketball courts, tennis courts, and a pond – some of these amenities can even be seen from the street so anyone passing by can be enticed to enter. They also have a farmer’s market every Saturday in addition to offering swimming lessons.
Splash pad? Check! Environmentally friendly and sustainable features? Check! Floating light sculpture? Double Check! The Civic Space Center is a unique and special landmark in the heart of Downtown Phoenix where anyone can visit and enjoy various events. Part of the park, The A.E. England Building Gallery is a local art space where meetings, banquets, art events, presentations, and classes are held.
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