Caption paloverde: This new recreation center with adjacent skate plaza now greets visitors to Hermoso Park, which crews renovated last fall. Renovations included a new playground, skate plaza, lighting restrooms, sport courts and the recreation center.
Social Equity is at the heart of our park and recreation programming and our park development/improvement process. Every investment we make in parks and recreation facilities is designed to ensure that residents in every corner of the city have the same access to parks, open space and recreation. We’re building our newest preserve area the Sonoran Preserve in far northern Phoenix to bring this valuable resource closer to residents in that region. Staff offer Phoenix Plays youth sports programs at parks city wide and added more sites in 2013. Our general interest classes and programs are available at community and recreation centers and parks throughout Phoenix.
Crews made major renovations at sites in all areas. By renovating existing parks, we increase the value and usability of sites already integrated into the fabric of communities without adding operational costs.
Other major city park improvement projects in 2013 include:
- Phoenix Tennis Center - first phase of a project to replace all the facility's courts and lighting.
- Hance Park -- Dog Park construction, the first in the downtown area.
- Ladmo Park - Complete park renovation
- Starlight Park – Complete park renovation
- Encanto Park Sports Complex -- Complete site renovation
- El Oso Park -- Complete park renovation
Caption paloverde: This is the old recreation center at Hermoso Park. The modern facility and plaza pictured above replaced this stark, outdated facility.
Our community and recreation centers play a crucial role in ensuring equal access to parks and recreation programs, facilities and services. In 2013, there were more than 556,000 visits to department recreation and community centers where visitors used gymnasiums, fitness centers, and participated in general interest classes and sports programs.
Caption paloverde: These kids are showing off a wall mural they created at the 2013 full-day summer program at Desert West Community Center. Desert West is one of 13 full-service centers to offer full-day summer programs, making them available across the city.