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Civic Space Park

424 N. Central A​ve.
602-262-7490
Park open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Splash Pad Information:​
Will operate daily from Memorial Day weekend through October 1

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About the park:

Civic Space Park offers residents, professionals, students and downtown visitors a setting with unique urban design, sustainable construction and operational features, along with a landmark public sculpture by artist Janet Echelman.

Civic Space Park is home to the A.E. England Building Gallery (424 N. Central Ave.) - a local art space. The building, named for the business formerly housed there, offers space for meetings, presentations, small banquets, art events and classes. Arizona State University and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department collaboratively manage and plan programming.​​​​


Civic Space Park


 

Sustainable park features include:

The park, which opened in April 2009, utilizes sustainable design techniques to generate power, keep the area cool and capture rain water.

  • Solar panels on the park's shade structures will generate 75 kilowatts of power (enough to power 8 to 9 residential homes) to offset the park's lighting and electrical needs

  • Extensive shade - more than 70 percent of the park's surface area will be shaded when its trees and vegetation reach maturity

  • Hard surfaces made with pervious concrete and pavers that reduce heat reflection and allow rainfall to seep through, reducing damaging storm runoff

  • Trees planted with a system that utilizes grates and specially engineered soils to protect roots, minimize compaction and allow ample room for root expansion

  • Immediate access to light rail and bus transit stations, located just feet from the park, encourage pedestrian visitation and use of mass transit - zero parking spaces were built for the park

Parks and Recreation Events:

 

 

PJs and Movie Night in the Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3211PJs and Movie Night in the ParkCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave.12/8/2019 12:00:00 AM12/8/2019 5:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Bundle up in your coziest pajamas, and bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Civic Space Park to watch two holiday-themed movies. Free hot cocoa, specialty coffee drinks and snacks will be provided. Watch "The Polar Express" at 530 p.m. and "Elf" at 730 p.m. This event is presented in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc.
APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3089APS Electric Light ParadeView route at Phoenix.gov/ELP12/8/2019 2:00:00 AM12/8/2019 4:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​​The APS Electric Light Parade, presented by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, takes to the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The theme of this year's 33rd annual free parade is "Walking in a Desert Wonderland." The parade starts at Central and Montebello avenues (just south of Bethany Home Rd.), heads south to Camelback Rd., where it turns east to 7th St., where it turns south to the end point at Indian School Rd. An interactive parade route map and comprehensive event information is available at Phoenix.gov/ELP . Use the hashtag #PhxLightParade on social media to interact and stay informed. And, don't forget about the popular free pre-parade event on Friday, Dec. 6 from 530 to 8 p.m. at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. This event is designed for families to see the floats close-up and participate in other holiday-themed activities, all while avoiding the large crowd on parade night.
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3083Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.12/8/2019 12:00:00 PM12/8/2019 5:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​​Silent Sunday is held each Sunday. On those days, the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center . Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures. Learn more by visiting the South Mountain Park/Preserve webpage .



​​For inquiries about renting space at the A.E. England Building, please email the Civic Space Park team or call 602-262-7490.

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Planning a Picnic

Civic Space Park is a great place to hold picnics and gatherings. The ramadas located throughout the park are first-come-first-serve.

A Special Activity​ Request is required for any gathering that has any of the following:

  • An expected attendance of more than 50 people; or is open to the general public.

  • Amplified Sound (Large sound set-ups are limited to Amphitheater Island.)

  • Beer/Alcohol

  • Inflatable (Bounce Houses)

  • Inflatables that involve water are prohibited.

  • Catering

  • Commercial Event Equipment

  • Generator Power

  • Advertising or media promotion of any kind.

Check out our "Planning a Gathering/Party" page for complete guidelines for holding an event in a City of Phoenix parks.