Encanto Park is one of America’s best parks. With amusement park rides, lagoons, and a convenient location you can’t go wrong. You could spend a few days at the spot that is modeled after San Diego’s Balboa Park. This green oasis offers up paddle boating and a lush environment to help you escape the city heat. Also look for rousing and competitive games of pick-up basketball if your kids are older.
Goodyear City Park
This large and spacious park, provides a splash pad, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and baseball fields, a dog park, a skate park, and it is adjacent to an Olympic sized pool managed by the local YMCA. Locally, the free skate park stays busy and is always hoping with kids. The dog park provides a nice long run for pets to get some good exercise, and as a bonus, it abuts the baseball field so if you are there to watch your child’s game and you can also bring Fido.
With huge amount of field space, a dog park, basketball courts, tennis courts, a number of soccer fields, and the only public football field, and state of the art play areas, you will never be bored. A personal favorite of many regulars are the life sized elephant statues that rest between two soccer fields. Also a small lake provides the opportunity to feed the ducks, so bring a few slices of bread. This is a very busy but clean park, that host many sporting events, but also provides ample space for a small family picnic.
Surprise Recreation Campus & Dream Catcher Park
This wonderful state of the art park includes close access to spring training baseball, a water park, and a world class tennis facility. Dedicated in 2007 the Dream Catcher Park is barrier free and accommodates wheel chairs and walkers. For parents of special needs children their progressive adaptive program helps to serve athletes of various needs for soccer, baseball, and track and field. Their large shade structures provide some of the coolest outdoor spots in metropolitan Phoenix.
Aguila Public Municipal Course
The other spots on this list are free. Golf is far from free, but golfing at a Municipal course is much more affordable then paying fancy resort green’s fees. The City of Phoenix operates a number of public golf courses. Take advantage and teach the kids a new sport that you can spend a lifetime playing together. In particular Aguila in Laveen is a 210 acre facility with mountain views and some of the most affordable golfing in Maricopa County. With greens fees as low as $10 for kids and $12 for adults. Municipal golfing is as budget-friendly as it gets for a family to tee off. Every family should spend at least one Saturday and give it a try. Borrow some clubs from a family member or friend if you have none, and walk the course for some exercise to keep the event on the cheap.