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: 

 

 

Spring Concert in the Park Serieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2698Spring Concert in the Park SeriesDesert Foothills Park, 1010 E. Marketplace SE4/21/2019 12:00:00 AM4/21/2019 3:00:00 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 ​Enjoy free live music in the park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from various food trucks. Spring Concert in the Park Series Schedule Sunday, March 31 - 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 7 - 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 14 - 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20 - 5 to 8 p.m.
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2763Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.4/21/2019 12:00:00 PM4/21/2019 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 ​On Silent Sunday (the fourth Sunday of the month), roadways in South Mountain Park/Preserve are closed to motor vehicle traffic, reserving them for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging and hiking. Through December 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department will operate a pilot program that expands the Silent Sunday event to every Sunday of the month. During the pilot program, the park’s main roadway will be closed at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; while the fourth Sunday will operate as it has in the past, with all roadways closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours). 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.
Drop In Discovery on Stone Toolshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2756Drop In Discovery on Stone ToolsPueblo Grande Museum4/21/2019 8:00:00 PM4/21/2019 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 ​Join the skills group Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies (S.A.L.T.) for an informal hands-on demonstration on prehistoric technologies such as stone axe heads, stone shell jewelry and fiber processing!
Fall Into Fitnesshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2713Fall Into FitnessHance Park (west side), 67 W. Culver St.4/24/2019 1:00:00 AM4/24/2019 2:00:00 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 ​​FitPHX and AARP Arizona present "Fall Into Fitness" – a free 10-week family-oriented fitness program for all ages and experience levels. Each Tuesday from March 19 to May 21, professional instructors will lead calorie burning classes such as Turbo Kick LIVE, Zumba, P90X LIVE, PiYo, HIGH Fitness, Core de Force and more. The workouts are fun, interactive and designed to get people moving, and are set to popular music. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water, towel and mat (optional). Local health and wellness vendors will be on-site each week to provide giveaways. Free public parking is available. Theme Nights March 19 - 80's Night - do we really need an explanation? March 26 - Pirate Night - arghhhhh! April 2 - Wild, Wild, West April 9 - Tacky Night - forgo all rules of fashion! April 16 - Jungle Party - dress like a wild animal! April 23 - Duo Night - grab a friend and dress as a famous pair April 30 - Rainbow Night - how many colors in one outfit? May 7 - Beach Party - because summer is coming! May 14 - AARP Night - wear red! Register today and view additional details about the "Fall Into Fitness" series and other free FitPHX activities.


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.