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Tempe’s $60 million park improvements investment bringing new life to city parks

Post Date:10/01/2019 3:37 PM

City parks are the focal point of neighborhoods across Tempe, bringing people together and creating a sense of community. They help improve the health of residents by providing recreational and fitness activities. They also keep residents connected to nature and the outdoors with open spaces.

Three years ago, the Tempe City Council approved the Parks Capital Improvements Plan , which provided $60 million over  five years to reinvest in city parks. To date, more than 40 park projects have been completed and several more are underway in various stages of planning, public input, design or construction. Projects that are underway include:

Currently in construction / recently completed

  • 6th Street Park
  • Ehrhardt Park
  • Daumler Park
  • Estrada Park (park and fire station)
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Palmer Park
  • Celaya Park
  • Pickleball courts at Tempe Sports Complex

 

Outreach and public input phase

  • Meyer Park
  • Mitchell Park
  • Redden Park
  • Dwight Park(in November) 

Design phase  

  • Connolly
  • Papago Park North
  • Tempe Women’s Club Park
  • Arredondo Park
  • Petersen Park
  • Hollis Park
  • Corbel Park
  • Indian Bend Park
  • Benedict Sports Complex
  • Hanger Park
  • Harelson Park 

Many of these park projects involve a public input process where community members can provide feedback and choose park designs, playground equipment, themes and more. The city strongly encourages participation in this process.

Funding for these projects is prioritized based on:

  1. Public health and safety
  2. Existing assets
  3. Customer enhancements
  4. System expansion and new amenities.

To guide decision-making on park projects that are not related to health and safety or maintaining existing amenities, city staff is focused on equipping all neighborhood parks with base amenities before adding new features. Base amenities include:

  • 25 Trees per acre
  • Playgrounds:central play structure, individual components, shade, inclusive play equipment, and ADA surfacing
  • Ramadas: covered picnic area
  • Furnishings: picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains, trash/recycling containers, and pet bag dispensers.

All current and upcoming projects and general park information can be viewed at tempe.gov/parks.

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