As a national-award-winning agency, the Tempe Parks and Recreation Department is committed to creating and connecting the community through people, parks and programs. Through the effective management of nearly 1,900 acres of parks and open space, the department organizes hundreds of programs and manages a variety of first-class facilities including two municipally owned 18-hole golf courses, one outdoor pool, an indoor lap and wave pool, four splash playgrounds, two sports complexes, a major league baseball spring training facility and more than 165 miles of on- and off-road bicycle paths. Its skilled staff is dedicated to providing quality parks, facilities and services to the residents and visitors of Tempe.
World-famous Tempe Town Lake is one of Arizona’s most popular outdoor destinations. Located in downtown Tempe, the 220-acre lake and surrounding Tempe Beach Park host hundreds of events of all shapes and sizes each year, and its multi-use paths and nearby parks offer numerous opportunities for recreation and leisure time.
In the spring, baseball fans get ready to say goodbye to winter blues and hello to spring fever. Every March, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come to town for spring training at the recently renovated Tempe Diablo Stadium. Grab your glove and come out to the ballpark for an afternoon of fun and sun. The Tempe Diablo Stadium Complex is also available for rent for special events.
Fans also can enjoy professional sporting events year round at Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury games.
The Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park is a must-see attraction in Tempe that preserves the natural desert habitat and supports a wide range of botanical life. Also in Papago Park is the Phoenix Zoo, the largest privately owned, self-supporting zoo in the United States, featuring more than 120 acres of wildlife.
Tempe’s 48 public parks serve as the community’s back yard, providing residents and neighbors a venue to relax and interact with each other. The parks are strategically placed throughout the city so that most residents are within half a mile of a park.
One of Tempe’s favorite parks is Kiwanis Community Park, located at Mill Avenue and All-America Way. The 125-acre park features multi-use trails, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, softball and soccer fields, ramadas and picnic areas, all surrounding 13-acre Kiwanis Lake where you can rent a paddleboat or cast a line and enjoy a day of fishing.
Also located in Kiwanis Park is the Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, an impressive 54,000-square-foot facility that houses a heated indoor lap and wave pool with a 120-foot-long double-spiral slide, a tube rental shop, a multi-purpose wood-floor gymnasium for basketball and volleyball players of all levels and a fitness center. Additionally, Kiwanis Recreation Center features an award-winning tennis complex with 15 lighted courts surfaced with Nike Grind, a material made out of recycled tennis shoes. Finally, the batting range offers 10 lighted cages for baseball and fast- and slow-pitch softball.