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City of Phoenix Parks

Elevation 1,117 feet

 
Phoenix
is the capital and largest city of the state of Arizona, as well as the fifth most populated city in the United States, making it the most populous state capital.  Phoenix is home to 1,601,587 people according to the 2009 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, and is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area (also known as the Valley of the Sun), the 12th largest metro area by population in the United States with more than 4.3 million people. 

In addition, Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County, and is one of the largest cities in the United States by land area.


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Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881 after being founded in 1861 near the Salt River, near its confluence with the Gila River. The city eventually became a major transportation hub in North America and a main transportation, financial, industrial, cultural and economic center of the Southwestern United States. The city has a notable and famous political culture and has been home to numerous influential American politicians and other dignitaries, including Barry Goldwater, William Rehnquist, John McCain, Janet Napolitano, Carl Hayden, and Sandra Day O'Connor.  Residents of the city are known as Phoenicians.

Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has the hottest climate of any major city in the United States. In summer average high temperatures can be over 100F and have spiked over 120F on rare occasions in the past several years.

Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Reserve A Picnic Parks

  • Encanto Park
    Encanto Park is a 222-acre oasis with picnic areas, a lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, urban fishing and two golf courses.

  • Margaret T. Hance Park
    This park, also located in central Phoenix, has two ramadas, each with a capacity of 75 people available for reservations seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Steele Indian School Park
    Steele Indian School Park has two medium sized ramadas (accommodate 50) located in the Neighborhood Park area of the Park and five small ramadas (accommodate 20) located in the Phoenix Green area of the Park. All of them have BBQ grills.

  • North Mountain Park
    At 2,104 feet, North Mountain is a landmark Phoenix peak in its own right.

  • South Mountain Park
    At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve often is referred to as the largest municipal park in the country. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels.

  • Papago Park
    Papago Park is a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.  It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.

List of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

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