With so many regional and national parks throughout Arizona, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Phoenix is surrounded by plenty of parks itself. Referred often to as the “Valley of the Sun,” Phoenix is warm nearly all year long, offering plenty of sunshine for both children and adults alike to enjoy some time in the parks.
1.Anthem Community Park
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The Anthem Community Park is open from 6:00am until 10:00pm and offers visitors a wide array of different features and amenities for plenty of fun in the sun. The Adventure and Discovery Playgrounds are great for young children and are open from 8:00am until sunset. DUring the summer season, the park also features a splash pad. Other amenities at the Anthem Community Park include a hockey rink, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, a skate park, basketball courts, sports fields, a walking trail, lakes for catch-and-release fishing, an amphitheater, the Anthem Veterans Memorial, and the Daisy Mountain Railroad.
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85086
While not as big as some other parks around the city of Phoenix, Arizona, the Arcadia Park offers things to do for kids of all ages. There multiple playgrounds featuring sand, swings, monkey bars, a small climbing wall, and slides. Kids and adults alike can use the path that travels through the park for skateboarding, roller blading, and bicycling. Families and small groups can make use of the expansive grassy area or the numerous picnic tables for a picnic lunch or just a break from outdoor activities. The one drawback to the Arcadia Park, however, its limited parking.
3402 N 56th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-256-3220
3.Buffalo Ridge Park
The Buffalo Ridge Park is an expansive green space in the city, featuring a playground, a softball field, a basketball court, a shaded picnic area, hiking trails, and a popular eighteen-hole disc golf course. The disc golf course offers elevation, blind holes, rugged terrain, and amazing views. The course starts around the restrooms and then proceeds eighteen along the mountain before leading back to the Buffalo Ridge Park parking lot. It’s a common sight to see people with their dogs at the park. Late January or early February are great times to visit to see wildflowers in nice weather.
19250 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85024, Phone: 602-262-6696
The city of Phoenix, Arizona’s Cashman Park is a city-owned and operated neighborhood park in Desert Ridge, spanning around ten acres in size. While the park is very small compared to other throughout the city, quite a bit has been packed into the green space, including a spinning high bar, climbing tree, and a small ninja course. In fact, there is plenty of things to climb for people of all ages. Cashman Park also includes shady areas with picnic tables, great for having an outdoor lunch or snack; playground equipment; a loop for bicycling; and the bathrooms are typically clean.
22222 N 44th Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85050, Phone: 602-262-6696
5.Civic Space Park
The Civic Space Park is located in downtown Phoenix and provides the perfect spot for a bit of peace or a quiet lunch within the bustling city. While the park provides some tranquility, the area is also usually bustling with students and locals, as it’s home the A.E. England Building Gallery, a rather vibrant art space that offers meeting space and classes. Live music performances take place at Civic Space Park often, drawing people to the fun and modern urban space with its sustainable features of design that help to keep the area both visually compelling and clean.
424 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 850046, Phone: 02-262-74-90
6.Desert Foothills Park
The Desert Foothills Park is a huge park that boasts many different amenities for both locals and visitors to enjoy during a nice day. These park amenities include a multi-purpose field, a lighted basketball court, lighted sand volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, restrooms, shelters, a shaded playground, picnic areas, a lighted soccer field, baseball diamonds in a scenic setting, and both unlighted and lighted softball fields. The park facilities are typically always clean as well. For the size of the park, however, the parking lot is considered on the small side, with only around thirty parking spots.
1010 E. Marketplace Way SE, Phoenix, AZ 85048, Phone: 602-534-2562
Encanto Park is situated only a few blocks away from the busy central corridor of Phoenix, providing a natural oasis from the hectic everyday city life. This park offers something for just about anyone, such as two golf courses, sports courts, spots for urban fishing, a nature trail, a swimming pool, a boat house, a lagoon, picnic areas, and the Enchanted Island Amusement Park, featuring rides for small children. Canoes and paddle boats are available for rent at the lagoon, which also provides an opportunity for watching ducks and other species of waterfowl, as well as opportunities for fishing.
2605 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: 602-261-8991
Phoenix, Arizona’s Granada Park is a spacious green space with a lake, tennis courts, a multi-use field, picnic areas, large grassy areas, walking paths, and a playground. There is a designated parking lot for the park near the pond and restrooms, however, parking spaces are a bit limited. Street parking is also available nearby. During mornings throughout the week, it’s fairly common to see Granada Park filled with families and young children running around the park’s playground. The lake offers recreational fishing, with a walking path circling the water. The restrooms near the entrance are usually nice and clean.
6505 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-262-6696
9.Historic Heritage Square
The Historic Heritage Square transports visitors back to the late 1800’s, acting as a rather striking reminder of the vibrant Victorian past of the city. Situated on Phoenix’s original townsite at Block 14, the restored Rosson House Museum serves as the crown jewel of the historic park square. Whether people like good food, technology, history, or just want a quiet place for reflection, the Historic Heritage Square offers it all. The square is also the City of Phoenix’s oldest residential block still in existence, providing a glimpse of into the city’s history during the turn of the century.
113 N. Sixth St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-261-8063
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10.Lookout Mountain Preserve
The Lookout Mountain Preserve, found in the northern area of the city, provides many trails for mountain biking and hiking, as well as some spectacular scenic vistas. The trailhead to access the preserve is located adjacent to Sudden Valley and can be reached by bus by the 512 line of Whatcom Transit Authority. Spanning more than four thousand acres on Lake Whatcom’s west side, the preserve offers plenty of trails to be explored, such as the Waterfall Trail. It’s advised that those choosing to hike that many trails in the Lookout Mountain Preserve bring plenty of water.
16th St, South Of Greenway Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85022
11.Los Olivos Park
The Los Olivos Park offers a space of tranquil nature in the heart of the busy city of Phoenix, providing a great park for families that people of all ages can enjoy, with its organic farm, playgrounds, volleyball courts, disc golf course, and more. One playground is for small children and the other for older kids. There are also restrooms located nearby. The Farm at Los Olivos features concessions, an education center, and a small organic farm. The two-acre farm within this urban park focuses on education and hospitality, encouraging a healthier community now and for future generations.
2802 E Devonshire Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-262-6696
12.Moon Valley Park
The Moon Valley Park is open from 5:30am until 10:00pm seven days a week, featuring a variety of sports courts and fields, fitness equipment, and shaded play structures. Friendly dogs are also allowed at the park, as long as they remain leashed at all times. The huge public park includes a barbecue areas, an abundance of picnic tables, a nature area, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and an expansive sand playground with regular and baby swings. One of the most unique aspects of Moon Valley Park. however, are the cute insect etchings found in the park’s sidewalks.
502 W Coral Gables Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85023, Phone: 602-262-6575
The Papago Park is a great place for some outdoor recreation, located only minutes away from the airport and downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Visitors can hike around the park’s red butte formation, such as iconic “Hole-in-the-Rock” and Hunt’s Tomb; play a round of golf at the Papago Golf Course; or go fishing in the seven acres of lagoons stocked with fish. Papago Park also boasts some excellent hiking opportunities, in addition to its wide variety of recreational facilities. Two of the major highlights of the city’s Papago Park, however, are the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo.
Curry Rd & College Ave Phoenix, AZ 85073, Phone: 602-495-5458
14.South Mountain Park
Spanning across seventeen thousand acres, Phoenix’s South Mountain Park and Preserve is the country’s largest municipal park, a massive space full of history and adventure. Hikers will find the hiking icons of Superstition Mountain and Camelback Mountain at the park, offering the idea place for biking and trekking, as well as the South Mountain, which provides stunning vistas of the surrounding city and the horizon from the summit. In total, South Mountain Park offers fifty-one miles of biking and hiking trails. There is also the South Mountain Environmental Education Center at the preserve, and picnic areas with barbeque grills.
10211 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042, Phone: 602-495-0222
15.Steele Indian School Park
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The Steele Indian School Park stands as a tribute to honor American Indian veterans, making the park a premiere park for special events within central Phoenix. Established by the American Indian Veterans Memorial Organization, Steele Indian School Park boasts a historic setting, mature trees for plenty of shade, and many acres of green grassy areas, along with a 60-foot event amphitheater big enough for a symphony orchestra, a playground, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas and shelters, and half-court basketball courts. There is also a waterfall near the amphitheater, directly off the bird-shaped 2.5 acre lake.
300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012, Phone: 602-495-0935
16.Sun Ray Park
Sun Ray Park in Phoenix, Arizona is a city park that’s about as clean city-owned and operated parks come. There always seems to be people walking around picking up trash and cleaning up the park. The massive park is home to tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, and basketball courts located all over the park. Sun Ray Park is a particularly great park to spend some time outdoors when the weather isn’t too hot outside. Along with the sports fields, the park also features a nice play area for children and a large grassy field, and dogs are also allowed.
4059 E Ray Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044, Phone: 602-262-6111
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16 Best Phoenix Parks
- Anthem Community Park, Photo: Sergey Novikov/stock.adobe.com
- Arcadia Park, Photo: hemvala40/stock.adobe.com
- Buffalo Ridge Park, Photo: azamshah72/stock.adobe.com
- Cashman Park, Photo: ief6599/stock.adobe.com
- Civic Space Park, Photo: Melastmohican/stock.adobe.com
- Desert Foothills Park, Photo: robsonphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Encanto Park, Photo: EuToch/stock.adobe.com
- Granada Park, Photo: Alexei/stock.adobe.com
- Historic Heritage Square, Photo: myimagination/stock.adobe.com
- Lookout Mountain Preserve, Photo: Kim/stock.adobe.com
- Los Olivos Park, Photo: apanfilova/stock.adobe.com
- Moon Valley Park, Photo: fox17/stock.adobe.com
- Papago Park, Photo: hpbfotos/stock.adobe.com
- South Mountain Park, Photo: Chris/stock.adobe.com
- Steele Indian School Park, Photo: andrey gonchar/stock.adobe.com
- Sun Ray Park, Photo: DoubletreeStudio/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: samantoniophoto/stock.adobe.com