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Phoenix’s Iconic Encanto Park Celebrating 75th Anniversary

[Source: City of Phoenix]


The kiddie train passes by at Encanto Park

Flickr photograph by Scott Jones (rscottjones)

Phoenix’s Encanto Park, recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation’s 12 best city parks, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27. The daylong celebration will feature live music, kids’ activities, food and a spectacular fireworks display at 7 p.m.


Encanto Park lovers also can support it at a fundraising reception at the park’s Clubhouse sponsored by Friends of Encanto Park. The reception features food from local restaurants and live music and performances. Ticket prices for the reception are $50 in advance or $75 at the door. Comprehensive event information is available online at

Encanto Park’s 65 acres, located in the heart of central Phoenix, boasts dozens of massive trees of numerous species. The 27 holes of the adjacent Encanto Golf Course, along with the park, offers residents more than 200 total acres of green space right in Phoenix’s urban core. Its fishing lagoons attract thousands of anglers each year. Visitors can rent paddle boats to set out on the park’s waterways.

The park also features a sports complex with lighted basketball, handball, volleyball, tennis and racquetball courts; lighted picnic areas and grills; an exercise course; a playground; a pool; a recreation building; and restrooms.  It is also is home to Enchanted Island Amusement Park, with a host of rides for children ages 2 to 10 years old.

Encanto Park was built between 1935 and 1938 in what was then the northern part of the city. It has provided outdoor recreation for generations of Phoenicians from throughout the city.  The land was purchased, designed and built jointly by the federal Works Progress Administration and the city of Phoenix. For several decades in and around the 1950s, a band shell at the park hosted concerts and cultural events that would attract thousands of spectators. The park also hosted fishing derbies at its signature lagoon that attracted hundreds of area youth. Phoenix voters approved numerous bond issues over the years to expand and improve the park.*

In addition to the website, information on the park is available by calling 602-261-8991.


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Friends of Encanto Park seek bids for perimeter fencing

[Source: Susan Dale] — The Friends of Encanto Park are waiting for the last of three bids to come in this week for construction of the new wrought iron fence along the Encanto Golf Course on the north side of Encanto Boulevard and the “Encanto Entrada Portal” (new entry marker) at Eighth Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

After discussions with City Parks staff members, during the middle of May, it was decided that members of the Friends of Encanto Park put the project out to bid and set a fund-raising target based on the actual cost of implementing the design.  Most of our “Friends” are out of town on vacations right now, so hopefully we will get back with city staff members with our bids towards the end of July.

We understand the City could start designing a Master Plan for the entire Encanto Park renovation this fall. The Friends of Encanto Park are planning to kick off its first of several private fundraisers this fall as well.

The $5 million allocated Phoenix Parks & Preserves Initiative (PPPI) funds will be distributed as follows: FY11/12 – $200,000; FY12/13 – $800,000, and FY13/14 – $4,000,000.

Phoenix’s Encanto Park reopens after Aug. 28 storm damage cleared

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department crews have made enough progress on cleaning up storm damage at Encanto Park, 15th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard, to reopen the entire park, including Enchanted Island, at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.  The Aug. 28 storm blew down 120 trees and damaged 37 others at the park, leaving park paths, bridges, fencing, and parking areas blocked or damaged.  Minor flooding also left many areas unusable.  Crews had sufficiently cleared the park’s Sports Complex area to reopen it on Sept. 7.  

Anyone with questions can call 602-261-8443 for updated information.

Public forum on city budget to be held Feb. 26 at Encanto Park

[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix residents will have a chance to push for programs they want saving as city officials prepare to slice about $67 million from the budget over the next 18 months.  Community meetings will be held from Feb. 25 through March 6 at locations across the city. 

The sessions will include information on the comprehensive budget outlook for 2008-09.  Because of budget shortfalls, cuts will be needed citywide, including the projected loss of 500 positions.  Residents of downtown/midtown Phoenix can share their opinions at 6 p.m., Feb. 26 at the Encanto Park Clubhouse Ballroom, 2605 N. 15th Ave.