Well over one million Valley residents regularly enjoy Phoenix's traditional city parks, playgrounds, walking paths, athletic fields and open green spaces. City parks are open 365 days a year, but some services are unavailable on city-observed holidays.
The following parks have splash pads / spray areas available during summer months: Altadena, Civic Space, Dust Devil, Edison, Francisco Highland, Mountain Vista, Laveen Village, Nuestro, Patriots, Pecos and Trailside Point.
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How are park construction and improvements funded?
At the ballot box, Phoenix voters consistently and overwhelmingly support measures to improve and develop city parks, preserves and recreation facilities.
Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative Program (3PI)
In 2008, 83 percent of voters renewed the Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative for 30 more years. This initiative sets aside one cent of sales tax for every $10 of purchases to improve and renovate existing parks, and to expand and improve the city's desert preserve system. Sixty percent of initiative proceeds are dedicated to improvement and renovation of city parks and acquisition of land for future parks. Forty percent is dedicated to land acquisition and development of the city's desert preserves, including trails, trailheads and signage.
2006 Bond Program
The bond program was approved by voters in March 2006. Using bond funds, the city borrows money, much like you would for big purchases such as a home or a car. The city repays the bonds over the years using a portion of its property tax. Bond funds are limited to construction, renovation and purchasing of new property, and cannot be used for operating expenses.
Impact Fees / Infrastructure Credit Program
Impact fees are primarily generated by new development. Residential construction in undeveloped areas generates the need for infrastructure such as parks, sewer and water lines, and police and fire facilities. A special fee is charged for each home built in these developing areas to cover the costs of building this infrastructure. A percentage of the impact fees are allocated for parks, trails and recreation facilities.