Maricopa Arizona County Parks Reports & Updates

Maricopa Arizona County
Parks & Recreation
234 N. Central Ave , Suite 6400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Ph 602-506-2930

Maricopa County Arizona Parks Honor Veterans

(Maricopa County) – As a small token of appreciation for the freedoms afforded to all Americans, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will be honoring all veterans with Military Service Appreciation Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

In 2005, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a formal proclamation resolving that each Veteran’s Day from that point forward would be observed as Military Service Appreciation Day at all Maricopa County Parks. All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s ten parks and enjoy affordable recreation. The $6 entry fee per carload will be waived for military personnel.

“The parks are a good place for people to reconnect with their families. We’re hoping military personnel will take advantage of our offer, pack a picnic and come on out to the parks to enjoy the cooler temperatures with those who are near and dear to their hearts on this special day,” stated R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.

At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to the largest regional park system in the United States. The parks are located throughout the county and are all within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix. For information about activities at a county park near you, call (602) 506-2930 or visit

Pleasant Paddlers Program - Full Moon Paddle Tour of Scorpion Bay

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Come enjoy this repeat of last month's fun full moon paddle tour of Scorpion Bay at Lake Pleasant. This time it is on a Tuesday, for those who do not like the weekends. Look for the "Pleasant Paddlers" signs from the contact station to the gate of the marina. Someone will be at the first Scorpion Bay Marina gate to let you through from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (no entry after 5:00 PM), and just follow the road down to the launch site. Bring your own kayak or canoe and a sense of adventure. Add to that a flashlight, some water, your PFD, and enjoy the evening. If you need a kayak, Scorpion Bay Marina has rental kayaks, call them at 928-501-7368 to reserve your kayak. We will be launching not too far from the rental area, so it will be easy to join the group. No registration needed, just show up before 5:00PM. We will cruise the bay and inlets to the west and enjoy the moonshine (not the liquid stuff)! Some of us will enjoy a late dinner at the new Scorpion Bay Marina Dillions afterwards, for those who wish to stick around.

Date: 11/3/2009
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Duration: 3 hours
Registration Required: No
Fee: $5 per vehicle + $2 per watercraft park entry
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park - Scorpion Bay Marina (first gate)
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right into park, follow signs to program.
Peoria, AZ

Lake Pleasant - Amica Championship Triathlon Temporarily Closes Four-Lane Boat Ramp

(Peoria) Lake Pleasant Regional Park will host the Amica Championship Triathlon on Sunday, November 1. The event will close the four-lane boat ramp on Saturday, October 31 at 12 p.m.; however, it will reopen to the public at noon on Sunday. Park visitors are encouraged to use the ten-lane boat ramp on South Park Road accessed through the main entrance of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

The event will also impact southbound traffic on Castle Hot Springs Road on Sunday as cyclists will be on the roadway from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to direct traffic.

For more information, contact the park directly at (602) 372-7460. Lake Pleasant Regional Park is located at 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd. in Morristown. For additional information on the triathlon, visit

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