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Birchett Park is located at the intersection of Mill Avenue, Apache Blvd and 13th Street. The park was named in honor of long-time Tempe pioneers and residents, the Birchett family. Guess Birchett first came to Tempe in 1903 to visit her sister, Honor Moeur, the wife of B.B. Moeur. While staying with her sister, Guess met her future husband, Joseph Birchett and they, too, settled in Tempe.
During their time in Tempe the Birchett’s and their children were active members of the community. Guess helped found the Tempe Garden Club in 1936 and was instrumental with the club in helping the City develop both Birchett and Moeur Parks. Her husband Joseph was a partner is his family’s grocery store, director of the Tempe National Bank and also served the Tempe City Council from 1930-32. Guess became know locally as the “Bird Lady” by the many school children that toured her home and sanctuary each year.
Their children also adopted a lifestyle of public service and in 1984 the City of Tempe officially dedicated Birchett Park in Tempe to serve as a lasting memory of the many contributions made by the Birchett family in Tempe.
Park size is 1 acre.