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Scottsdale Ranch Park

Scottsdale

AZ

USA

Contributed by 
Brett Jackson
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
February 5, 2002
December 14, 2017

Scottsdale Ranch Park is a City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Facility.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Scottsdale Ranch Park is a 31-acre multi-recreational facility housed in the heart of the Scottsdale Ranch Master Planned Community. Main feature of the of the park is the tennis center. The tennis center has 12 lighted tennis courts, four lighted racquetball courts and one lighted squash court. Here you will find a wide variety of recreational opportunities from tennis leagues, tennis lessons, ball machine clinics, tennis tournaments and racquetball leagues for adults and juniors. There are also less structured drop-in programs for all ages and abilities.

Due to the innovative programming, this facility opened in 1989 as the Outstanding United States Tennis Association Facility of the Year and Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Facility of the Year. The facility also received the Outstanding Facility Award of 1997 from the Phoenix Area Tennis Association and the 2001 Court Pick of the Year by Sun Tennis Magazine. There are also 6 lighted sand volleyball courts where the park runs its 2-person power, 4-person power and 6-person coed leiusre leagues. The Amateur Volleyball Association has listed the volleyball facility at Scottsdale Ranch Park as the premire outdoor volleyball destination in the state of Arizona. In addition to our leagues, there are many volleyball tournaments hosted through out the year.

Scottsdale Ranch Park also has 6 outdoor reservable picnic ramadas with barbeques for public use. Along with the volleyball courts, the ramadas are very popular for birthday parties, family reunions, picnics and other social functions. Four half court basketball courts, children's playground and a restroom facility also are located in this area. Another fine amenity to Scottsdale Ranch Park are the four lighted ballfields. Mountain View Little League is the primary user of these fields during the spring and summer months. The park also hosted the District #6 Little League All-Star tournament for the third year in a row because of the excellent condition and upkeep of these fields. These fields also are used by Pop Warner Football, Arcadia Soccer and Fall Baseball leagues/practices. A 42-acre urban fishing/boating lake for residents, a multi-use path with designated exercise stations, a maintenance compound and children's playground. Located in the center of the neighborhood and adjacent to Laguna Elementary School, Piper Branch of the Boy's and Girl's Club, the Via Linda Senior Center and the future Scottsdale Ranch Desert Garden is the recreation destination of the area.

Access & Linkages

Located in the center of the neighborhood and adjacent to Laguna Elementary School, Piper Branch of the Boy's and Girl's Club, the Via Linda Senior Center and the future Scottsdale Ranch Desert Garden, Scottsdale Ranch Park is the recreation destination of the area. People can access the park by parking their cars in the parking lots on the premises, by foot or bicycle with the multi-use path. It is very easy to access the area. The multi-use path surrounds the park and makes it easy to get along once you arrive. Also, there is a bus stop right in front of the park along Via Linda for those that use public transit.

Comfort & Image

Scottsdale Ranch Park is very clean and well maitained and is attractive to the eye. Nestled in the middle of the neighborhood, there is a safe family atmosphere. Having it be multi-generational was a big goal.

Uses & Activities

The park is very busy all week long, especially on the weekends. Activities include tennis and racquetball at the tennis facility, volleyball at the sand courts, picnics and such at the ramadas, basketball, Little League baseball, Pop Warner football, Soccer on the fields and walkers/runners/bike riders on the multi-use path. People also walk their dogs in the park. All ages, genders. Some are individuals and some are groups. When the park is busy, every area is in use.

Sociability

Many winter visitors/snowbirds can't believe that we are a public facility. Many residents of the neighborhood bring visitors to the park, especially during the winter months when the weather is so nice in Arizona. A lot of interaction amongst members of the neighborhood at the park.

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History & Background

Misson: To provide quality recreation, sports, youth and senior services, and maintain safe, clean and attractive parks and city facilities to enhance and enrich the quality of life for Scottsdale citizens.

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*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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