Phoenix neighbors organized to promote the “Grand Plan” for park restoration and to build a new portal.
Thank you to everyone who has joined this collective effort and driven the positive 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 since 2005 for capital improvements for Encanto Park in central Phoenix. 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.
Encanto Park benefited from a $5,000,000 renovation funded by the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI). Thanks to excellence from City of Phoenix employees and contractors, the new Sports Complex, nearly 2 miles of ornamental fencing, shade structures, clean waterways, trees, flowers, gardens and quality care have already transformed Encanto Park into a destination worthy of its rank as a Top 12 City Park in America.
In 2014 new playgrounds, pavilions, fitness equipment, restrooms, and gardens were installed. In 2015, new lighting, parking lot surfaces, sports court fencing, and a FitPhx walking path were completed. The restoration and improvements across the 222 acre campus have bettered the landscape for Phoenix. This public space allows a full range of species to coexist - and thrive.
Friends of Encanto Park also raises private money to enhance Encanto Park. 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.
In 2018 we planted and dedicated 70 red push pistache trees donated by the T-Gen colleagues and community for Dr. Daniel Von Hoff to honor his vast contributions to cancer research, and to commemorate Dr. Von Hoff’s 70th birthday. We also created a new Circle Garden in front of the Clubhouse.
The Garden of Dreams, created by ASU's Lodestar Center 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 many key elements of the renovation, including new fencing around Encanto Golf Course, the Entrada welcoming visitors to Encanto Park, the Historic Little Red Bridge, & ... are in the photo section.
Please join the community whose support built this sanctuary for future generations. Its unique and historic character has inspired Phoenix for decades. Visit the park and enjoy the fruits of the many seeds planted, and those still to spring.
Together we grow ~
* Original art generously provided by Phoenix Native Lisa MacCollum