Encanto Park (Map)

Phoenix Point of Pride 2605 N. 15th Ave.
(602) 261-8991
(602) 262-6412 (Downtown Division Office)
Park open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Encanto Park boasts 222-acres of lush oasis located in the heart of the of the valley.  Park amenities include a fishing lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, 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: 

 

 

Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/23982398Food Truck Friday11/16/2018 6:00:00 PMCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave.
Shemer Art Center Honorshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/23482348Shemer Art Center Honors11/17/2018 1:00:00 AMShemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd.
Ongtupqa - Hopi Music Inspired by Grand Canyonhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/24182418Ongtupqa - Hopi Music Inspired by Grand Canyon11/17/2018 1:00:00 AMPueblo Grande Museum - 4619 E Washington St
Family Fishing Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/24272427Family Fishing Day11/17/2018 3:00:00 PMDesert West Park, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd.


Planning a Picnic

Encanto Park is a great place to hold picnics and gatherings.  Most of the ramadas located throughout the park are first-come-first-serve, however the Amphitheater Island ramadas require reservations to use.

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.

 

Important Notes:

  • There is no access to electricity in the park.
  • Animal attractions such as pony rides and petting zoos are not allowed at Encanto Park.
  • Water activities like dunk tanks, water balloon fights and slip-n-slides are not allowed at Encanto Park.

Encanto Park History

Encanto Park was the brainchild of William G. Hartranft, a millionaire philanthropist and president of the first Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board, who envisioned a park on the scale of Balboa in San Diego or Gold Gate in San Francisco. To that end he convinced 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 struck a 99-year deal with the City of Phoenix to lease a 3-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 3-acres of lush grounds, and a 100 year old mesquite tree, the garden is a popular setting for club meetings, weddings, receptions and business meetings.

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