Of the more than 50 parks in Chandler, Tumbleweed Park and Recreational Center is one of Chandler’s largest and best parks, located at 2250 S. McQueen at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann Rd. The Recreation Center features an indoor track, a gymnasium, raquetball courts, a fitness center and exercise rooms, computer labs, and art and ceramic studios.
An almost hidden feature of Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa is the recreational trail system that has been developed along the canals that have been in the east valley longer than 99% of the homes. The Consolidated Canal, 18 miles long runs thr0ugh Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler and dates back to 1891. The development of recreational paths along SRP canals has become an attractive amenity in many cities. Bikers and joggers will be most familiar with the paths since they offer a welcome alternative to narrow sidewalks, inattentive passing cars and frequent crossings at stop lights. Websites that cater to runners and joggers even calculate the mileage between beginning and ending points along different canals. Consolidated Canal Running Route or the Western Canal Mileage Calculator
Last Saturday, over 28,000 participants were at the stating line at 7 a.m. to participate in the sixth annual Pat’s Run to raise money for educational scholarships. Pat Tillman, was a former ASU and Arizona Cardinal football player and Army Ranger. After Sept. 11, 2001, Pat and his younger brother joined the military. In so doing, Pat turned down a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to serve his country. On April 22, 2004, Pat was killed by friendly fire while serving in eastern Afghanistan.
If you live in the east valley and enjoy boating or water skiing, you are familiar with Saguaro or Canyon Lake. If you live in Peoria or Surprise, Lake Pleasant is exceptionally close. But for those that live in the northeast part of the valley, Bartlett Lake is the safe haven for water sport activists that live in Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek. Bartlett Lake is 15 miles from north Scottsdale custom home communities such as Desert Mountain, Treviso, Mirabel, and Boulder Heights.
Water sport enthusiasts,campers and fisherman that live above the 101 freeway in Peoria, Glendale, Ph0enix, Cave Creek, and Anthem will count themselves lucky with their 15 mile or less commute to Lake Pleasant. They are conveniently located near the largest lake in the Greater Phoenix area that offers 10,000 acres of water and 50 miles of shoreline. Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers two paved boat launching ramps; a 10 lane ramp and a 4 lane ramp with plenty of adjacent parking making easy access for boaters, water skiers, fisherman, jet skiers and wake boarders.
See What Canyon Lake Has To Offer
Let’s face it, to live on a lake in Phoenix or any surrounding city may not be a possibility, especially when you are are looking for a place to water ski, wake board or use a hydrofoil. To water ski, you are limited to 6 subdivisions in the valley. When a client from Utah with a passion for an “airchair” or hydrofoil was looking for a home, we had to look close to a lake or reservoir since hydrofoils require a depth well beyond the typical 6 – 8 foot depth of a residential man made ski lake. Or the goal may be to find a home close to a lake if you love fishing. The good news is that there are many Phoenix area homes near lakes or reservoirs. The cities or towns of Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills and Gold Canyon enjoy good access to lakes such as Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, Lake Pleasant and Bartlett Lake.
Phoenix area residents are fortunate to have a facility such as the Arizona Science Center. The icing on the cake is the proximity to the light rail transit station. Myself, my wife and my son and his friend parked at the Sycamore & Main park and ride in Mesa and boarded the light rail and rode into Phoenix and got off 1 block from the center. An all day light rail adult ticket was $3.50, and for children $1.75. My only regret was that we arrived so late in the afternoon that we could not take advantage of all the attractions. Fry’s was sponsoring the entire weekend so admission was free. Thank you, Fry’s.
Is it Cactuses or Cacti?
Whatever the answer, you’ll find a lot of them at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Papago Park. The 140 acre botanical park was established at this site in 1939 by the Arizonza Cactus and Native Flora Society. The garden has more than 21,000 plants many of which are rare, endangered or threatened. Cactus describes a single plant and the plural is “cacti”.
If you are looking for a place for a family picnic or to just hang out, the Veterans Oasis Park that sits on 113 acres may be your answer. There are over 4 miles of biking and hiking trails, ramadas and picnic areas, and equestrian trails. Among the many activities, the 5 acre urban fishing lake is stocked with trout, bluegill, catfish, large mouth bass and other types of fish, is next to the Environmental Education Center. Arizona’s Urban Fishing Program is nationally recognized as one of the best in the nation. Another feature of the park is the 78 acres of wetlands, riparian, and ground water recharge basins. You’ll also feel safe because a Chandler Police Substation also shares the a portion of the 113 acre park.
The next time you turn on the faucet or take a shower, take time to realize that you live in a desert where the average rainfall in the Phoenix valley is less than 9 inches/year but the average person uses 150 gallons of water PER day. So how do we satisfy our “thirst” for water that exceeds our natural supply in the valley? Continue reading “Water in the Desert – Phoenix water supply”