From a historic train built in 1912 to lazy rivers, splash pads and an archery range, the options for cool and family-friendly fun are plenty in the Phoenix-area’s public parks.

Tempe park-goers should see enhanced water features, resurfaced basketball courts, new playground equipment and other amenities in the coming years.

Tempe plans to spend $30 million on park renovations over the next five years. And city  officials are studying what water features, from pools to splash pads, residents want.

The study will be done within the next couple months as city officials continue to comb through public comments. 

“The aquatics study will become our blueprint,” Tempe spokeswoman Melissa Quillard said.

The city already has begun work on one major water feature improvement at Kiwanis Park. Here are details on that project and other planned park upgrades.

Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park, near Kyrene and Baseline roads, is getting several upgrades this year.

The city is moving a fenced-off splash playground at Tempe Beach Park to Kiwanis. The splash playground is expected to cost roughly $2 million. A completion date is not yet set. 


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Another $4.1 million project will demolish the old tennis court and build a new one with “cushioned concrete,” new nets, bleachers, court seating and an internet dish to offer visitors free Wi-Fi.  The city also will upgrade the park’s playground equipment.

McClintock Pool

McClintock Pool has been closed to the public since 2010, but it’s being renovated and is expected to reopen to the public in late August. 

The city and the Tempe Union High School District originally built the pool in 1964, but the city closed it during the recession.

Estrada Park

The city will spend $2.2 million to add several amenities to Estrada Park, near McClintock Drive and Warner Road. 

Estrada Parks renovations were planned further out, but construction of a new fire station encouraged city leaders to do both at once so the park is not under “constant construction,” Tempe Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Nies said. 

The upgrades will include:

  • soccer and baseball field lighting;
  • basketball court resurfacing;
  • parking lot construction;
  • new playground construction that will make it accessible to those with disabilities. 

Daumler, Ehrhardt and Peterson parks

Along with Estrada and Kiwanis parks, the city will upgrade playground equipment and resurfacing at Daumler, Ehrhardt and Peterson parks. The aim is to make the playgrounds ADA-compliant.

This will include ADA-accessible paths, playground lighting, playground equipment and shade, benches, picnic tables and adjustments to irrigation systems.

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