Best parks in Phoenix

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May 2, 2019

Best parks in Phoenix

The phrase “a walk in the park” may conjure up images of childhood days in green spaces, a quiet place to sit on a bench and enjoy a book, or a brisk hike among woodlands with furry little animals. Now that the spring buds are blooming, it is the perfect time to explore the parks in Phoenix. 

Parks are great places to enjoy fun family activities like feeding ducks, enjoying picnics, hiking a trail, or spending time in nature. Fresh air, wildlife, and botanical gardens are often free for the public to enjoy. A plethora of parks have museums, outdoor theaters, zoos, fruit-bearing trees, basketball courts, and pickleball courts. The list of amenities goes on and on.

The United States has a wide variety of parks, with Boston Common taking the title as the oldest city park. Washington, D.C.’s National Mall is the most visited city park, while Union Square in San Francisco boasts the most visited city park per acre. 

According to a study by the National Recreation and Park Agency, 55% of people visit their local park to enjoy the benefits of nature. A performance review of the NRPA notes that on average there are 10.1 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents and 2,181 residents per park.

While some city parks occupy almost 1 million acres like Chugach State Park in Alaska and offer hiking and fishing for residents, other parks like Mills End Park in Portland, Ore. can be measured in inches (452). While some cities are brimming with dog parks, others feature skateboard parks or community food gardens. 

Where can you go to find the best parks in Phoenix? The Stacker team checked out Foursquare’s algorithm to predict the best parks based on check-ins, rating signals, category matches, and photo trends, with data updated as recently as April 19, 2019. Take a walk through our park guide to find the best park in your neighborhood.

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#10. Margaret T. Hance Park

- Address: 67 W. Culver St. (btwn Central & 3rd), Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.4
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#9. Roadrunner Park

- Address: 3502 E. Cactus Rd. (at 36th St.), Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.4
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#8. Heritage and Science Park

- Address: 115 N. 6th St., Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.5
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#7. Civic Space Park

- Address: 424 N. Central Ave. (at Taylor St.), Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.4
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#6. Granada Park

- Address: 6505 N. 20th St. (at Maryland Ave.), Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.8
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#5. South Mountain Park

- Address: 13078 South Warpaint Dr., Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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#4. Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area

- Address: 2701 E. Squaw Peak Dr., Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 9.2
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#3. Encanto Park

- Address: 15th Ave. & Encanto Blvd, Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 8.9
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#2. Papago Park

- Address: 625 N. Galvin Pkwy (at N. Moreland St.), Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 9.2
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#1. Steele Indian School Park

- Address: 300 E. Indian School Rd. (at N. 3rd St.), Phoenix
- Foursquare rating: 9.3
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