Phoenix neighbors organized to promote the “Grand Plan” for park restoration and to build a new portal.
Started by Kelly Larabee Oct 9, 2012.
Started by Jan Sherwood Jul 12, 2012.
Thank you to everyone who has joined this collective effort and driven the positve changes at Encanto Park! Donations support sports facilities, flowers and beautification across the park, and are tax-deductible.
Thank you for visiting. Friends of Encanto Park is a volunteer group advocating for capital improvements for Encanto Park in Central Phoenix Arizona. Stately and original, Encanto Park broke ground in 1935 and is Arizona's most heavily used and beloved city park. The restored Encanto Park invites residents, and visitors, to take delight in the community and our collective heritage.
Thanks to everyone who helped move the Encanto Park Grand Plan closer to reality, Encanto Park has secured a $5,000,000 line item from the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI). We look forward to working with the Parks Department to create a plan for restoration and improvements across the 222 acre campus.
The Friends of Encanto Park also raises private money to enhance Encanto Park. We have been organizing since 2005 and our first major project, the Encanto Entrada, was dedicated at the 75th year community celebration on November 27, 2010.
The Encanto Entrada is a portal with lush landscaping and a bench on formerly vacant land at 8th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard. We have also planted flowers across the park, purchased a boat to improve island maintenance, and provided a tennis ball machine that is available for rent and sustains new sports equipment and balls at the Sports Complex.
The new Garden of Dreams, created by ASU's Lodestar Center for Non-Profit Innovation and dedicated September 23, 2011, is an oasis for contemplation, creativity, and learning within Encanto Park. New garden spaces are in the works surrounding the Clubhouse patios and between the Valley Garden Center and Rose Garden. All of these are privately-led investments for public benefit.
The designs for new fencing around Encanto Golf Course, the Entrada welcoming visitors to Encanto Park, the Historic Little Red Bridge, and ... are in the photo section.
Please join us in support of Encanto Park. Its unique and historic character has inspired Phoenix for more than seven decades. Let's work together to rebuild this sanctuary for future generations.
Together we grow.
* Original art by Phoenix Native Lisa MacCollum