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: 

 

 

Canceled: Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3460Canceled: Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 4/10/2020 6:00:00 PM4/10/2020 8:30:00 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 ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3452Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.4/12/2020 12:00:00 PM4/12/2020 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
Canceled - Drop-In Discovery with Tempe History Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3512Canceled - Drop-In Discovery with Tempe History MuseumPueblo Grande Museum4/12/2020 8:00:00 PM4/12/2020 10:00:00 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 ​ Learn about the techniques the Ancestral Sonoran Desert people used to make the desert their home with Tempe History Museum! Guests will discover the various methods used in prehistoric and modern times to survive the desert through hands-on activities and interaction with a representative from Tempe History Museum. This informal program is included with paid museum admission and children ages 17 and under are free on Sundays!
Canceled: Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3461Canceled: Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 4/17/2020 6:00:00 PM4/17/2020 8:30:00 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 ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
Postponed: Movie in the Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3434Postponed: Movie in the ParkAlkire Park, 1602 W. Pima St.4/18/2020 1:00:00 AM4/18/2020 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 Friends of Alkire free Movie in the Park Series is sponsored by District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia. Join community members to watch a movie (movie to be announced). Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.


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.

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

 

Important Gathering/Party Information:
Consult the Planning a Gathering/Party webpage for additional resources for holding a special event in a City of Phoenix park.

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

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. ​