Encanto Park (Map)

Phoenix Point of Pride 2605 N. 15th Ave.
602-261-8991
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 PoolClubhouse & Boathouse ​RentalsFishingBoat RentalsEnchanted Island

Parks and Recreation Events

 

 

When Rez Dogs Howlhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4274When Rez Dogs HowlPueblo Grande Museum7/7/2022 7:00:00 AM5/14/2023 7:00:00 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 ​ When Rez Dogs Howl is a new body of work by Thomas 'Breeze' Marcus. The exhibit explores the layers, complications, and duality of juxtaposing contemporary O'Odham with traditional narratives and ancestral ties to the Phoenix basin and throughout the Sonoran Desert. This exhibit was generously funded by the Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum. Thomas 'Breeze' Marcus has been spray-painting large-scale murals throughout the City of Phoenix for nearly three decades. He is also a studio painter and has done work for various museum collections and exhibits throughout the country. Marcus' art is directly inspired by graffiti, public art, contemporary Native issues, and his Akimel and Tohono O'Odham heritage. By finding and creating parallels in his artwork, Marcus carries on a long lineage of creative and innovative history in the Phoenix area. When Rez Dogs Howl will be on display at Pueblo Grande Museum from July 7, 2022 to May 14, 2023. The public is invited to attend a free opening exhibit reception from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at Pueblo Grande Museum .


Resources for Picnics, Gatherings, and Events

The two ramadas located in the park are first-come, first-served. The Amphitheater Island picnic and event space requires a reservation, please contact 602-262-6412​.

The historic Encanto Clubhouse and Boathouse are a favorite destination for weddings and receptions. Learn more about reserving the Clubhouse and/or Boathouse.

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Special Activity​ Requests are required for gatherings that have any of the following:

  • More Than 50 Attendees

  • Catering

  • Commercial Event Equipment

  • ​Generator Power

  • Advertising or Media Promotion

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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. ​