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Encanto Park, Phoenix
(4.1/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
Coordinates:Encanto Park is a public park in central Phoenix, Arizona. The park is composed of 222acre of land consisting of picnic areas, a lagoon, a boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, amusement park, fishing and two golf courses. The lagoon is approximately 7.5acre in surface area and about 6ft deep, on average. The park is bounded by Thomas Road on the north, Encanto Boulevard on the south, 15th Avenue on the west and 7th Avenue on the east and is at a surface elevation of 1100ft.One notable attraction at Encanto Park is Enchanted Island, an amusement park with rides, games, concessions, and a miniature train ride around the amusement area.Encanto Park has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.Encanto Park historyThe Encanto area become a City of Phoenix park in 1934. Property was purchased from J. W. Doris (100 acres) and Dr. Norton among others. Quitclaim deed 11-27-1934. It was re-classified as a park to curtail livestock grazing. By 1955, the Encanto Park Brochure included activities such as archery, tennis, badminton and other games. In the mid-1970s, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department encouraged archery events. In 1985, more sports facilities to accommodate greater interest in physical fitness and games. The focus was on soccer and handball, leaving archery to one side. Bike paths and jogging trails are also a major focus. The improvements were made to the “south side” by way of 1979 and 1984 bonds totaling $1.3MFish speciesRainbow TroutLargemouth BassSunfishCatfish (Channel)Catfish (Flathead)TilapiaCarp
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  • Encanto Park is a love it or leave it kind of place. It could possibly be subject to some bad reviews if there is a discomfort in going to parks that are more urban, but it is exactly for that reason ...  more »
  • We enjoy walking while we are visiting the area and thought we would mix things up and go somewhere new. It was not a pleasant place. It clearly is not being taken maintained. The lagoon was full of g...  more »
  • With the bridges, the ponds, the palm trees, the ducks, the trails, the vegetation... Just a lovely area 
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  • We love this Park! Always have, I grew up going to Encanto now I've taken my boys there for years! And they have great youth sports programs throughout the year that my son loves! We always have a good time when we go there!
  • VERY lively, family-oriented park. Often see people: BBQ, picnic, run, walk their dog, take pregnancy/anniversary/etc photos, fish (daily limit on fish type; age 9 and under no fishing license), go on dates, bring the kids to play, have little kid birthdays at Enchanted Island, etc. Lots of ducks and swans. Can feed them, and go on water boat rides to "swim with them" or just stand on the sand near them Enchanted Island is like a mini Castles and Coasters. Has a train that goes around the park, a roller coaster, water bumper cars, food cart, arcade, carousel, and more. Intended for little kids-- has height minimums and maximums for rides. Open late Sat & Sun till about 8 pm. Closes earlier on weekdays. Can have sections of it and the park reserved for birthday parties for a fee. Can just stroll around the amusement park to look around for free Lots of bridges, grassy areas, play areas like swingsets and slides, BBQ stations, parking. Reasonably well lit though some areas can be dark, like plain expansive areas of grass with "nothing to do" but throw a ball or rest under a tree. Lots of tall, impressive trees considering it's Phoenix Overall impressive park. Good bit of Pokemon Go stops, but they are very spread apart. Because of that, it's hard to find a single route to travel to "hit 10 unique Pokemon stops in one strategic go." Basically, it's not like Tempe Beach Park. What I like about Tempe Beach Park is most of the PokeStops are all in a single line so you can just hit them all walking a straight line; at Encanto Park you have to wander a lot to reach them all
  • Adorable park. Nice, quiet walkways. The bridges are a bit steep, but that's not really an issue for me.
  • Oh this is such a nice surprise in downtown Phoenix!!!! Lots of walking paths trees, and WATER! No thats not a mirage when you see it on the map !! There is a huge community room which can be rented through Parks and Recreation. It has wood floors high ceilings and a fantastic view of the water! There are several foot bridges over the waterways which makes one feel as though you are not in the desert anymore! If you have kids , there is an amusement park. Very well planned out! You feel set back from the city yet you can still see the high rises in the distance.
  • The out doors ;You escape a busy day ,and play with your children, have beautiful lagoons provide a quite comfortable ,"pick Nick " ahh nice too play in the day, and nice relaxing weekend's to BBQ for family ..Lots of really fun Ride's enjoyed buy many,everything w/Party palaces too give an excellent, gift to celebrate your Enchanted Birthday all in one Phoenix Arizona 's Best. Encanto Park . Enjoy New things come to visit this amazing community park . Elaine Rowton and children love it here.