In June 2021, the Town Council approved the Community Services Master Plan, which looks at community wants and needs for future parks and recreation in Fountain Hills. The Town researched regional and national standards and potential service level improvements in developing the plan and solicited community feedback through surveys, online forums, and community presentations. Ideally, communities strive to have a park within a 10-minute walk from every residential home. Consistently, nearly 80 percent of Fountain Hills’ residents indicated they desire to have parks within easy access. As a result, several future parks locations have been identified as part of the Community Service Master Plan.
The first of these future parks is already underway. Over the next several months, the Town will start the design process of Sunridge Park, a new five-acre park located at Sunridge Drive and Desert Canyon Drive. Sunridge Park will be a “passive park,” with fewer structures than a typical community park resource. Initially, this site was destined for a future fire station and pocket playground park. Following changes to the General Plan, the full plot was reallocated for park use.
Sunridge Park is funded through Development Fees and will feature a walking loop through the natural terrain that will allow visitors to hike up a short hill to enjoy mountain views. Additionally, several fitness stations will be integrated within the hiking loop and shade ramadas with picnic tables. The hours of use for the park will be dawn to dusk.