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One of the perks of living in a sprawling city like Phoenix? The sheer number of public parks. Phoenix residents can enjoy 182 city parks, 200 miles of trails and 41,000 acres of desert parks, according to the City of Phoenix. If you’re new to the city or wondering where you should start exploring some of this city’s most treasured green spaces, we’d suggest you start with these top five outstanding examples of what a great city park is.

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Margaret T. Hance Park

Downtown Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park is a true urban oasis. The 32-acre park features plenty of green spaces, fountains, playgrounds, walking paths, a volleyball court in addition to dog parks designated for small and large canines. The park is also home to the Japanese Tea House and Friendship Garden, where visitors can stroll through lush gardens, fountains, a koi pond, and even a tea house. If you spend enough time in Phoenix, you’re bound to go to an event at the park. The Hance Park is home to some of the city’s top festivals including the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Phoenix Pizza Festival, and the Phoenix Festival of the Arts.

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt

The “Greenbelt” is Scottsdale’s crown jewel. Park-goers can enjoy 11-miles of parks, lakes, paths, and golf courses. Highlights include the kid-friendly McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park featuring train rides, carousel, tables, model railroad exhibit, and playgrounds. The Water Mark is one striking example of public art. These striking silver colored horses spew water and make for one gorgeous site. Just taking a stroll down the Greenbelt is a great way to pass an afternoon.  

Chaparrel Park Lake
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For a more detailed look at the park, check out this interactive Google map.

Encanto Park

Forbes magazine put Central Phoenix’s 222-acre Encanto Park on its list of “America’s Best City Parks” and for good reason, too. The water-attraction filled park features an impressive list of amenities including a playground, handball/racquetball court, a lagoon, a boat house, swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts, nature trail, urban fishing and two golf courses. And it feels somewhat retro too. Kids ages 2 to 10 will dig the Enchanted Island Amusement Park. The park includes classic rides like a small train, a carousel, and bumper boats.

Tempe Beach Park

Since 1920s, the 25-acre Tempe Beach Park has been a central part of Tempe. The park is a gateway to Tempe Town Lake and makes it a great place where you can kayak, stand-up paddleboard or rent a boat, and enjoy the sights that Tempe has to offer. If you’d rather not play in the water, you can run, walk, and bike on the wide paved paths that wind around the roughly five-mile circumference of the lake.

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Veterans Oasis Park

Chandler’s 113-acre Veterans Oasis Park is one of Valley of the Sun’s most gorgeous public spaces. The park’s centerpiece is a stunning lake where visitors can snap gorgeous shots of the mountains and surrounding desert landscape. You also can get in a fishing session too. Park visitors also can work up a sweat on 4.5 miles of hiking trails, check out a butterfly and hummingbird environment, a playground, an outdoor amphitheater, and a picnic area.

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For more information about adventuring in Phoenix, check out this post about the city’s top hiking trails.

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