April 9, 2013
Residents and neighbors will join Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Parks and Recreation Department staff to celebrate the Grand Reopening of El Oso Park, 75th Avenue and Osborn Road on April 13 at 9:30 a.m. Crews just completed renovating the 40-acre park, originally built in 1970. The newly renovated park now features:
• A new playground with two play structures
• Connecting exercise paths and 400 shade trees
• Artificial soccer courts and turf soccer fields
• Baseball fields, basketball courts and sand volleyball courts
• An archery range and large gathering plaza
• Ornamental shade structure and ramadas
• An amphitheater and open play turf areas
• A new irrigation system and security lighting throughout the park
• New signage, drinking fountains, restrooms and parking lot
"Investing in our city parks is one of my top priorities, to strengthen our neighborhoods and create opportunities for fitness, family and fun," Councilman Daniel Valenuzela said. "Creating and improving our parks will continue to play a major role in the city-wide FitPHX program."
Mayor Stanton and Councilman Valenzuela recently launched FitPHX, a city-wide program encouraging residents to become more active and healthy, and help Phoenix rise to become one of the top 10 healthiest cities in the nation. Modern city parks, such as El Oso, will play a vital role in the success of this program, offering residents a place to exercise, play and be active.
This $4 million project was funded by the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative. More information on the Initiative and the city’s parks, preserves, recreation facilities and programs is available online at phoenix.gov/parks.