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 PoolClubhouse & Boathouse ​RentalsFishingBoat RentalsEnchanted Island

Parks and Recreation Events: 



Park of Four Waters Tourhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3354Park of Four Waters TourPueblo Grande Museum2/28/2020 5:00:00 PM2/28/2020 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 ​ The Park of Four Waters tour at Pueblo Grande Museum will take you on a walk through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of two Hohokam canal segments. “Hohokam” is an archaeological term for an ancestral Native American culture who built a highly sophisticated irrigation canal network. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk on day of tour. Cost $5.
Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3299Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 2/28/2020 6:00:00 PM2/28/2020 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
Climb to Conquer Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3368Climb to Conquer CancerSouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.2/29/2020 2:00:00 PM2/29/2020 8:00:00 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 ​Climb to Conquer Cancer Phoenix unites the community behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from cancer. Learn more and register for this American Cancer Society event .
Ace Youth Conferencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3437Ace Youth ConferenceCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave.2/29/2020 3:00:00 PM2/29/2020 10:30:00 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 ​Youth ages 13 to 18 are invited to participate in this free conference that will feature presentations and classes on various topics, including art, cooking, fitness and preparing for college. Those interested in attending are asked to register by Thursday, Feb. 20. Learn more about this event and register
Arizona VisionWalkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3468Arizona VisionWalkSteele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd.2/29/2020 3:00:00 PM3/1/2020 6:00:00 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 ​Walk with the Foundation Fighting Blindness and help make the world a brighter place for millions of Americans with blinding diseases. Learn more and register to participate in this event

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. ​