Encanto Park (Map)

Phoenix Point of Pride 2605 N. 15th Ave.
602-262-6412 (Downtown Division Office)
Park hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Encanto Park boasts 222-acres of lush oasis located in the heart of the city. Park amenities include a fishing lagoon, historic clubhouse and boathouse, swimming pool, sports complex, two golf courses and the privately operated Enchanted Island Amusement Park.


Park Resources:

Sports ComplexEncanto 18 Golf CourseEncanto 9 Golf CourseEncanto PoolWedding RentalsFishingBoat RentalsEnchanted Island

Parks and Recreation Events: 



​ Mudslinging at PGMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3342​ Mudslinging at PGMPueblo Grande Museum1/18/2020 3:00:00 PM1/18/2020 6:00:00 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 Pueblo Grande Museum (PGM) is looking for volunteers to sling mud and help preserve the past! Mudslinging is a stabilization technique for earthen structures. No experience required. Call the museu m at 602.495.0901 to rsvp and volunteer.
​ SALT Saturdayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3344​ SALT SaturdayPueblo Grande Museum1/18/2020 5:00:00 PM1/18/2020 9:00:00 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 Skill of the Month Friction Fire One Saturday a month, S.A.L.T (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies) demonstrates a specific skill relating to prehistoric and historic technologies. Visitors can participate in and observe live demonstrations! Included with Museum Admission.
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3225Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.1/19/2020 12:00:00 PM1/19/2020 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 every Sunday year-round. 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 .
MLK Festivalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3260MLK FestivalHance Park (east side), 116 E. Moreland St.1/20/2020 5:00:00 PM1/20/2020 11:00:00 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 ​Phoenix's annual MLK March, which starts at 15th and Jefferson streets near Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, ends in Hance Park for a festival where the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights events are remembered and celebrated. The festival features a variety of vendors and entertainment, and a health fair. Visit azmlk.org for additional information about the festival, march and other events coordinated by the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.

Planning a Picnic

Encanto Park is a great place to hold picnics and other events. The two ramadas located in the park are first-come, first-served. The Amphitheater Island picnic and event space can be reserved six months in advance.

A Special Activity Request is required for any event that will involve more than 50 people.

Consult the Planning a Gathering/Party page for complete guidelines about holding a special event in a City of Phoenix park.


Important Special Event Information:

  • Electricity is not available
  • Amplified sound is not permitted
  • Animal attractions, such as pony rides or petting zoos, are not permitted
  • Water activities, such as dunk tanks, water balloons and slip-and-slides, are not permitted

Encanto Park History

Encanto Park was conceptualized by William G. Hartranft, a millionaire philanthropist and chair of the first Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board, who envisioned a park of similar scale to Balboa in San Diego and Golden Gate in San Francisco. To that end, he led the parks board to acquire 200 acres of property that at the time sat outside the city limits.

Construction of the park began in 1935. The clubhouse, lagoon, boat dock, 18-hole golf course, band shell, playground areas, tennis and horseshoe courts, and archery range were completed in three years. 

In 1946, members of the Valley Garden Center entered into a 99-year deal with the city to lease a three-acre strip of land just south of Encanto Park for $1. In 1948, they raised the money to build the center, opening it in early 1949. With two large gathering rooms, a kitchen, nearly three-acres of lush grounds, and a 100-year-old mesquite tree, the garden is a popular setting for meetings, weddings and receptions.

The park's south side was renovated in 1982. New game courts replaced the archery range, and parking and play equipment was added.

Reconstruction of the north side began in 1986, and included revamping the lagoon and channel systems, building new restrooms, sidewalks, and a boathouse, and adding area lights and play equipment.