Steele Indian School Park is central Phoenix’s premier special events venue. It has 72 acres of lush green grass, mature shade trees, and a historically significant atmosphere. A playground, two half-court basketball courts, and two sand volleyball courts are located on the park’s north side. Picnics and parties are made more enjoyable with the shade provided by ramadas.
Indian School Road, which runs between Central Phoenix and the western suburbs of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, and Buckeye, is a large east-west arterial street that connects the former Phoenix Indian School and the new Steele Indian School Park. To the east, the street connects the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Scottsdale (particularly its downtown industry, entertainment/nightclub, and “Old Town” cultural and tourist district).
The Phoenix School first opened its doors in 1892. The school had 900 students at its height in 1935. It was declared unnecessary in the late 1980s because most Native students were attending schools in the general community or on their own reservations at the time; additionally, the land on which the school was constructed, now part of a bustling commercial district in Central Phoenix, was much too financially valuable at the time to justify the school’s existence.
The park was created in the tradition of the City Beautiful movement, a late-nineteenth-century design philosophy. Its basic concept is straightforward: city dwellers require passive, open green space in city centers as a respite from the physical confinement of city life. The movement also believed that accessible, public spaces are critical to the development of civic pride and a sense of community.
The park’s architecture also honors the area’s Native American heritage. As stated in the features section, many of the design elements are inspired by Native American concepts of life, earth, and the universe.
Steele Indian School Park is a great place to have just about any size gathering. Whether you are planning a small family picnic or are producing the next great community event, Steele Indian School Park has the amenities and the location to fit your needs. The Large Group Ramada Area in the northwest corner of the park requires a reservation, but all other ramadas in the park are first-come, first-served.
Phoenix, Arizona is blessed to be the home of so many amazing historical landmarks. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
- Camelback Mountain
- Arizona State Fair
- Heritage Square Phoenix
- Chinese Cultural Center
- Canaan in the Desert
- Gila River War Relocation Center
- Hunt’s Tomb
- Tovrea Castle
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location located at 7319 North 16th Street in Phoenix, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!
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