Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency in Phoenix Parks

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is increasingly adding energy efficiency features to new and renovated facilities. The improvements are made with funds approved by voters specifically for improving and building parks and recreation facilities. For decades to come, these one-time investments will save taxpayers thousands of dollars in operational costs while reduce air pollution.

Sunnyslope Community Center
In early 2010, workers completed installation of a solar project that added massive arrays on the roof of both the main center building and the adjoining gymnasium. Each building's panel assembly will generate just under 50 Kw of electricity, enough to power 10 homes. The project cost was split evenly between federal American Recover and Reinvestment Act and Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative funds.

Reach 11 Sports Complex
This is our most recent athletic field construction project, and also our biggest. At Phase 2 of the complex, we installed a system called Light Structure Green, which uses fewer fixtures to produce the same amount of light. This will result in yearly energy savings estimated at $42,372.* 

Maryvale Pool House
The award-winning Maryvale Pool House is one of our most popular and sustainable facilities. Some of its most green features include:

  • Solar panels on the top of the main entrance canopy that in the last 11 months have reduced emissions equivalent to reducing carbon footprint by 29,359 pounds.
  • Increased use of natural day lighting and ventilation to save on lighting and cooling
  • Low e-glass to reflect radiant heat.

Civic Space Park
The newest addition to Phoenix's park system, Civic Space Park, located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, is a centerpiece of the city's and department's efforts to build and operate more sustainability and efficiently. This award-winning park, which just opened in the spring of 2009, employs:

  • Solar panels that generate 74 kilowatts of power -- enough to power 8 to 9 homes -- which offsets much of the park's electrical needs.
  • Tree planting using special "structural" soil, that will allow the trees to grow and stay healthy despite surrounding hardscape areas. When these trees mature, more than 70% of the park will be shaded, which will help offset the urban heat island effect in the downtown area.

Pecos Community Center
Solar panels installed on the top of the gymnasium offset the center's electricity needs, lowering operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Washington Activity Center
We installed sixty solar panels to the recently constructed gymnasium, which are capable of producing 120 KW of electricity.

North Mountain Visitor's Center
The North Mountain Visitor's Center features multiple sustainable design and operational features including:

  • Solar panels on the roof
  • Foam-insulated masonry walls
    Insta-hot water heaters in bathroom sinks. These save electricity by only heating water when it's needed. It also saves water by delivering hot water to faucets instantly, eliminating the need to run the tap.
  • Overhangs over the windows that reduce solar heat gain
    Low E-2 Glass windows.
  • Design that puts most windows on the north and south sides of the building, minimizing direct sunlight

(* Estimates by Musco, the company that developed the system.)