The playground in Desert Arroyo Park in Arizona offers youngsters aged 5 to 12 a natural play experience by mimicking the desert terrain surrounding it.
The entry to this lovely 58-acre piece of native desert uplands is immediately off the Zaharis Elementary School access lane, on the northeast corner of McKellips and Ellsworth Roads. Desert Arroyo Park is a passive park that focuses on enjoying the local desert and makes full advantage of the site’s natural desert setting. To provide an interpretative educational experience, the current desert environment has been improved.
For environmental education, there is a looping path system and an outdoor desert classroom. Parking, a playground, footpaths with explanatory signs, shaded picnic ramadas, and meeting places are among the improvements. To increase learning possibilities and experiences, public Wi-Fi connection is accessible in the outdoor classroom area.
This is Mesa’s first park to provide free WiFi to the public, as well as natural walking routes that teach kids about the Arizona desert.
There are five instructional nodes with ramadas and picnic spots at each one. The City’s Desert Arroyo Park Website has discovery guides made accessible. Visitors visiting the park are also welcome to bring a pencil and paper to make rubbings from the informative signage. Each node has a distinct play and educational component:
- Arroyo Node with a playground and a water feature for the desert wash
- Outdoor classroom with analemmatic sundial at Arthropodal Node
- Mammalian Node with animal tracks and moving tubes
- With a telescope and chimes, the Avian Node
- A reptile digging sand pit at Reptilian Node.
Hikers and non-motorized bicyclists may also enjoy the park’s walking pathways and trails:
- ½ mile paved Discovery Loop linking the educational nodes
- ¼ mile Botanical Walk with plant explanatory signage
- The Explorers Path is a ¾ mile multi-use trail for hikers and non-motorized bicyclists.
More than 115 trees, as well as 150 Saguaros, barrel cactus, and ocotillos, were safeguarded during construction. Logan Simpson designed Desert Arroyo Park, which was built by Haydon Construction.
Mesa voters approved this park as part of the 2012 Parks and Recreation Bond Program. From sunrise to dusk, Desert Arroyo Park is open. The park is accessible via the Zaharis Elementary School entrance drive.
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Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be home to many amazing parks. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
- Pioneer Park
- Riverview Park
- Dobson Ranch Park
- Greenfield Park
- Falcon Field Park
- Mariposa Park
- Countryside Park
- Signal Butte Park
All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!