2020 Dog Park Closure Information112020 Dog Park Closure Information<div class="ExternalClass36B04C434204405C90C2468997C9D313"><p>During the late spring and summer months, City of Phoenix dog parks undergo annual maintenance. Washington and Esteban dog parks are located in parks that are flood irrigated and are generally impacted for 1 to 3 days following the regularly-scheduled irrigation dates listed below.</p><p><a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p><strong>Washington Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for flood irrigation every other Monday from May 11 to October 12.</p><p><strong>Esteban Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for flood irrigation every other Monday from May 18 to October 19.</p><p><strong>Hance Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from May 18 to July 2.</p><p><strong>Echo Mountain Off Leash Arena:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from May 26 to July 13.</p><p><strong>Deem Hills Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from June 1 to August 3.</p><p><strong>Cesar Chavez Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from June 8 to July 31. </p><p><strong>Pecos Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from June 8 to July 31. </p><p><strong>Steele Indian School Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from July 3 to August 27.</p><p><strong>Paradise Valley Dog Park:</strong> Large and small dog areas will be closed for maintenance from July 13 to September 7.  <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#dogparks</span></p></div>1/1/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

​Steele Indian School Park

300 E. Indian School Rd.    
602-534-4810
602-534-8659 (Memorial Hall)
Park open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

​Steele Indian School Park is the premiere special event park in central Phoenix. It boasts 72 acres of green grass, mature shade trees and a historic setting.

The north side of the park features a playground, two half-court basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts. Ramadas provide shade for picnics and parties.  

Learn about the USS Phoenix Cold War Monument Project

 

Park Resources:

Phoenix Indian School Visitor CenterDog ParkFishingLarge Ramada ReservationsInquire About Reserving the Park for an EventMemorial Hall Rental Information

 

Parks and Recreation Events: 

 

 

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AZ Virtual Summertime Storytelling: Green on Greenhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3559AZ Virtual Summertime Storytelling: Green on GreenOnline7/25/2020 7:00:00 PM9/5/2020 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 ​ Pueblo Grande Museum’s FREE Arizona Summertime Storytelling has gone virtual! Join Arizona authors in a virtual storytelling of their books every Saturday starting July 18th through August 8th. The FREE videos will be posted on the Pueblo Grande Museum YouTube page https//www.youtube.com/channel/UC3IzGAKtuf6QCso2Fw13wUA/ . Access to all storytelling videos will end September 5. Each week features a different book and craft to go along with it! July 18 - Panda Proud! by Phoebe Fox and illustrated by Michael Hale Follow bumbly, tumbly Panda who is worried she’ll trip and fall in the upcoming fashion show. Knowing her best friend needs her, she is determined to make him proud. Craft Kit http//apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search/36020 July 25 - Green on Green by Dianne White Follow a child on a colorful journey through the seasons—yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer, orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling. Craft Kit http//apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search/36021 August 1 - What Do You Do When the Couch Eats Your Shoe? by Debi Novotny Matthew who realizes that his favorite superhero is missing, so he takes his dog on a mission to find it. They search the whole house together, only to discover unimaginable surprises! Craft Kit http//apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search/36022 August 8 - Saved by the Burp by Rodo Sofranac Follow Rogilla the Gorilla, the zoo’s most popular resident. At heart, she’s like a human kid. She loves to play, eat, drink, and play some more. One night she gets out of her enclosure and decides to eat and drink like a human kid. Oh my! What happens when she does? Craft Kit http//apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Activity_Search/36023 To purchase a craft kit for a specific story - please sign up for the kit using the hyperlink to the Activenet Activity provided. Each kit is available to purchase for $5 beginning one week prior to the scheduled date of the virtual storytelling video. For questions about this program call 602-495-0901.
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​Planning an Gathering in the Park:

Steele Indian School Park is a great place to have just about any size gathering. Whether you are planning a small family picnic or are producing the the next great community event, Steele Indian School Park has the amenities and the location to fit your needs.

For Standard Picnics (Less than 50 People):

The Large Group Ramada Area in the northwest portion of the park require a reservation to use, however all of the other ramadas located throughout the park are first-come-first-serve.

For private gatherings of more than 50 people:

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.

For Large-scale Public or Commercial Events:

Steele Indian School Park is a prime location to produce major events.  If you are interested in holding an event in the park, please start by completing a Steele Indian School Park Event Inquiry form, once your event has been reviewed you will need to complete a comprehensive event packet that outlines all of the necessary requirements for a large-scale public and/or commercial event.

 

The History of Steele Indian School Park

In 1890, the Federal Government purchased 160 acres of farmland from a local landowner for $9,000. Federal officials opened the Phoenix Indian School one year later. At its peak in 1935, 900 students attended the school. Among its most popular features were its marching band, which was a frequent participant in local and statewide festivals, and athletic program. The federal government closed the boarding school in 1990.* The city of Phoenix was able to obtain the land in 1996 through an intricate three-way land exchange involving the Baron Collier Company and the federal government.

The park in it's current iteration was opened in 2001 and is named after Horace C. Steele. He founded the Steele Foundation in 1980 to fund charitable, educational, and scientific programs; primarily in Arizona. The Steele foundation donated $2.5 million dollars to start development of the park and in 1997 the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved naming the Park for this successful businessman and philanthropist.

The park is designed in the spirit of the City Beautiful movement, a design theory that evolved at the end of the 19th century. Its basic premise is simple: city dwellers need passive, open green space in city centers to serve as a refuge from the physical confinement of urban living. The movement also held that open, public spaces are an essential element in nurturing civic pride and a sense of community. The park's design also pays homage to the site's Native American history. Many of the design elements, as outlined in the features section, reflect Native American concepts of life, earth and the universe.

 

Historic Phoenix Indian School Buildings

Memorial Hall - The historic Memorial Hall offers a stunning setting for performances, arts presentations, meetings and community events. The natural acoustics of this space make it ideal for choral and musical presentations. For more information please review the Memorial Hall Rental Information Guide or call 602-534-8659.

Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center - Reopened in 2017, this building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Native American Connections operates the center, which educates about the school's history. The building originally served as an elementary school and band building. 

Dining Hall - Built in 1901. Currently no public entrance.

 

The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life lies at the heart of the 72-acre park. This wide circular walkway encompasses the three historic buildings remaining on site from the old Phoenix Indian School. In the center of this area is a water cistern. Etched into the concrete around the cistern is a poem that explains the Native American design theme of the park. The Circle of Life is 600 feet in diameter and features 24 interpretive columns depicting the history of the Phoenix Indian School.

 

American Indian Veterans Memorial Site

The American Indian Veterans Memorial Organization honors American Indian veterans and has established Steele Indian School Park as a location to pay tribute these great American Indian heroes.

 

Entry Garden

Leading from the Circle of Life is the Arbor Bridge that leads into the 15-acre Entry Garden, which also makes use of circular form. The garden features a spiraling walkway that gradually descends down into the earth - a trail meant for contemplation and meditation. Native American poems are etched into the concrete and native desert plants adorn the path as it winds its way toward a cistern at the end of the trail.

 

Amphitheater and Bird Lake

The performance/stage area of the outdoor amphitheater is 60 feet in diameter and is large enough for a full symphony orchestra. There is a waterfall on the north side of the amphitheater, which is directly off of the 2.5-acre bird shaped lake. The rubble wall of the waterfall is recycled from the old Phoenix Indian School. The architect saved the WPA (Works Progress Administration) stamps from the old sidewalks and incorporated these into the rubble walls throughout the park. The seating area of the amphitheater has a 1500-person capacity in grass seating and is available for rental. Fees do apply.