Welcome to Ahwatukeelife Parks

Although this is called "parks" it also includes a number of different activities for the family, such as zoo's, water parks, and fun parks. Take a look at the list below and find something to do!

Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center
4700 E. Warner Rd.
Phoenix, 85044 480-893-1942
Ball field, Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Swimming

Ahwatukee Recreation Center
5001 E. Cheyenne Dr..
Phoenix, 85044 480-893-2549

Desert Foothills Park
1010 Marketplace Way Southwest
Ball field (lit), Basketball (lit), Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Soccer, Tennis (lit), Softball, Volleyball (sand, lit)

Mountain Vista Park
48th Street and Knox Rd.
Basketball (lit), Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Softball (lit), Volleyball (sand, lit)

Pecos Community Center
Location: 48th Street and Pecos Parkway
must enter the park from 48th Street, via Chandler Boulevard. No access off of Pecos Parkway.
(602) 262-6111 (South District)
A 66-acre regional park with lit soccer, football and multipurpose athletic fields, skate plaza, 1.5 acre off-leash activity area for dogs, large playground with water play area, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, ramadas, sand and concrete volleyball courts. A .9-mile paved path circles the playing fields.

South Mountain Park
South Mountain Hiking Trails
South Mountain Picnic Areas and Ramadas
10919 S. Central Ave.
Park East Entrance - Pima Canyon at 9004 S. 48th St.
Trails are accessible from 48th St. & Guadalupe and Desert Foothills Parkway & 6th St. Picnic areas and ramadas are vehicle accessible from the other side of the South Mountains at 10919 S. Central Ave.
World's largest municipal park 16,500 acres featuring city views, petroglyphs, 300 specimens of plant life, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, snakes, lizards and birds. Also, activity complex, Hiking, Riding Trails, Interpretive Center, Lookouts, Museum, Natural Features, Ramada and Picnic Area, Ranger Station, Restrooms
South Mountain became a City of Phoenix park in 1924. Many citizens including Carl Hayden bought 13,000 acres from the Federal Government for $17,000. In 1935 the National Park Service developed a master plan for the park that included riding and hiking trails, picnic areas and overlooks.
The highest point on South Mountain is Mount Suppoa which reaches 2,690 feet. It is not accessible to the public. Dobbin Lookout which is 2,330 feet high is the highest point accessible by trail.

Sun Ray Park
4059 E. Ray Road
Ball field (lit), Basketball (lit), Picnic Area, Playground, Restroom, Soccer, Tennis (lit), Volleyball (sand, lit)

Vista Canyon Park
31st and Mountain Vista Drive
Ball field (lit), Basketball (lit) Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, Soccer, Tennis (lit), Volleyball (sand, lit)

Western Star Park
44th Street and Western Star Boulevard
Basketball (lit), Playground, Ramada and Picnic Area, Tennis (lit), Volleyball (sand, lit)

Other Parks Outside Ahwatukee

Parks and Recreation Department

Adobe Dam Recreation Area
43rd Ave. and Pinnacle Peak Rd 85310

Big Surf
1500 N. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281,
Beach, slides and real surfing waves!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Near Superior AZ, unique plants, picnic areas and hiking trails.

CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park
16001 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Miniature golf, a driving range, bumper boats, batting cages, go karts and more.

Desert Breeze Railroad Park
660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-786-2727 Park Information
480-940-1685 Railroad and Carousel
City park with a train ride, carousel, party room and water play area.

Encanto Park
15th Ave. and Encanto Blvd. 85007
222 acre city park houses Enchanted Island, an amusement park featuring kiddie rides such as the Encanto Carousel and C.P. Huntington train.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Estrella Mountain Regional Park offers grassland, an amphitheater, a picnic area, a horse arena, camping and an 18-hole golf course.

Freestone Park
1021 E. Juniper Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Features batting cages and paddle boats, lakes and sports facilities.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Huge canyon and cliff filled region along the AZ-Utah border. Includes 186 mile long Lake Powell which offers sandy beaches, excursion boats and houseboat rentals.

Grand Canyon National Park
One of the Natural Wonders of the world. Formed by the Colorado River. North and South rims are 10 miles apart and averages one mile deep. Features hiking, backpacking, mule trips, river rafting and camping.

Kiwanis Park
6111 S. All-American Way
Tempe, AZ 85283
Large city park with lakes, playground, indoor wave pool and water slide.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85382
14,400 acres for boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and swimming.
Directions: Carefree Hwy to 99th Ave. North toward Wickenburg.

London Bridge Lake Havasu State Park
England's London Bridge was dismantled and reconstructed over Lake Havasu in 1971. 23 miles of shoreline offer boating, fishing, water skiing and camping.

Lost Dutchman State Park
Located at the base of the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction. Offers camping, trails and access to Tonto National Forest.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Features a train ride, a carousel and train exhibits.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
15612 E. Palisades Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
A secluded site for biking and hiking.

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Multi storied, 20 room cliff dwelling. Can picnic nearby and view the cliffs.

Monument Valley
20 miles North of Kayenta, AZ, a valley of orange, red sandstone buttes, mesas, canyons and rock formations. Has been used for many western movies. Camping is available. Monument Valley is one of five tribal parks under the Navajo Nation.

Mystery Castle
800 E. Mineral Road
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Next to South Mountain, native stone castle features 18 rooms and 13 fireplaces. Furnished with southwestern antiques.

Papago Park Hole in the Rock
Galvin Pkwy and Van Buren St.
Rolling desert hills and rugged mountains, hiking with an easy trail that leads to the hole - a large window with a view of the desert and surrounding city.

Patriots Square Park
An outdoor performing arts stage, in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Often used for city celebrations including St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo.

Petrified Forest National Park/Painted Desert
Prehistoric floodplain that contains colorful petrified wood. Painted Desert is nearby with brilliant colors splashed across a high desert region, as well as ancient American Indian ruins and petroglyphs.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
More than 1,300 animals including 150 endangered species. Also offers a petting zoo and a holiday ZooLights display.

Pueblo Grande Museum and cultural Park
4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Pueblo Grande is the only National Historic Landmark in Phoenix. Includes authentic Hohokam ruin and on-site museum featuring exhibits of the Hohokam and other cultures of the Southwest.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
9736 N. Fort McDowell Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
Daily Tiger Splash and other wild animal shows.

23023 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Western town and a steak house.

Tonto Natural Bridge
Believed to be the world's largest natural travertine bridge, this 1.7 billion-year-old formation is located in a green grotto near the town of Pine, AZ.

Usery Mountain Recreation Area
3939 N. Usery Pass Road
Mesa, AZ 85207
Camping, picnicking, hiking and archery are available.

Waterworld Safari Water Park
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85310
Features slides, rides, a wave pool and more.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
13025 N. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85355
Located approx. 15 miles west of Peoria, this park features picnic areas, camping and hiking trails.

Wildlife World Zoo
16501 W. Northern Ave
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Private zoo with exotic animals, kids can even hand-feed giraffes!