Papago Park has inspired all sorts of grand and insane human schemes. The Hohokam Indians built canals and hunted in the area for nearly 1,500 years. President Wilson designated it a national monument, although it only stayed that way for 16 years. The Army held German prisoners of war there during World War II. Gov. George W.P. Hunt built a pyramid to bury his beloved wife. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright drew up plans to build a futuristic-looking state capitol on the site. Icon Carl Hayden tried to turn it into a gravel pit. Someone even wanted to build a 600-foot-tall green neon cactus near the park. Despite pages of local lore, tourists don't think of these billion-year-old buttes like they do the Grand Canyon, Tombstone or Sedona's red rocks. But one day they will mention it in the same breath as Central Park in New York or Balboa Park in California - that is, if Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale have anything to say about it. All three communities have talked up the importance of this mystical place for years. But, for the first time, the three are working together to make this a statewide, even national, destination. They've gathered a thick binder of information from the area loosely bounded by 44th Street, University Drive, Indian Bend Wash and Camelback Road. At the end of September, experts from the Urban Land Institute will mull this information and make recommendations for the area. The information collected so far shows just how dynamic the area is. Aside from its colorful past, it also has more than 50 cultural activities, access to planned light rail, proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport, numerous office parks, residential areas and areas primed for redevelopment.Papago Longs For Centennial Makeover - The Arizona Republic, October 20, 2005 - by John Davis
Under a proposal by former Phoenix mayor John Driggs, chairman of the Papago Park-Tovrea Castle restoration project, the clubhouse would be a multi-use facility as part of a $14 million expenditure that also would include a new visitors center at Papago Park. The clubhouse would include a full-service restaurant, conference center, facilities for holding weddings and banquets, meeting rooms and possibly parks offices, a golf hall of fame or offices for golf organizations. "The entire layout is superb and it wouldn't take much to make it perfect," said R.B. French, president of the Papago Men's Golf Association. "It could be something special if they're willing to spend some money, especially on the clubhouse."At this time, I have no idea who is doing what or when it will be done. I have looked for, but have not seen any project designs, blueprints or layouts so far (2/2005). According to published reports, however, these were to be available by October. This makes me suspicious. Some of the items in the two articles above make me worry about the future of the park and the environmental impact of any proposed changes. I have underlined the parts in the articles above I do not like. Oh yes, one more issue: I sincerely doubt that Papago "longs" for a makeover, as stated in the newspaper article.
Quote: A national conservation group could get the nod to find ways for improving Papago Park six months after a different group created a plan that sparked harsh criticism.Harsh criticism? Who would do such a thing? and just because the ULI wanted to build housing and do a little commercial development... Well, let's see what happens now. From what I could find on the Internet, the TPL seems to be a step in the right direction. Now if they could only come up with a plan that preserves and reunites the three park areas.
The Papago Salado Association, which acts as an intermediary between Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale on Papago Park issues, will decide Tuesday whether to enlist the services of the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation group. The national non-profit organization works with municipalities to buy and preserve open space, usually in rural areas. (Arizona Republic, 10/12/2006)
Cash Cabal, by John Dougherty - Powerful developers must be stopped from sullying scenic Papago Park with another Valley resort. Led by Phoenix attorney Grady Gammage Jr., the intellectual architect of Arizona's rapacious development industry that's systematically tarnishing the Sonoran Desert, a powerful cabal of developers is quietly planning to convert the 1,500-acre park into yet another banal cash cow.and so on... I couldn't have said it better. Here is the link: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/issues/2006-04-27/news/dougherty.html?src=news_rss Another email from a neighbor about the changes being planned...
The ambitious "redevelopment plan" was trumpeted as a "grand vision" by the real estate industry's propaganda organ, the Arizona Republic, in an April 20 front-page story.
"Papago Park could be Phoenix's Lincoln Park, but it's not now," Gammage gushed to his stenographer at the Republic, referring to Chicago's landmark park. "It's an incredible piece of real estate for the Valley that's completely underutilized." Underutilized is development-speak for "let's get our hands on that property and cash in!"
These fast-buck artists are laying the groundwork for extensive private development in the park, including construction of a plush resort hotel, restaurants and coffee shops, and -- the coup de grce -- an exclusive, high-end golf course capable of hosting major tournaments.
Everyone, As others have said, we need to be right on top of the Papago Park plans. I think they are farther along than they seem, and only a few specific plans have been publicly mentioned. There are other aspects of "improvement", as yet to be publicly discussed, which might seriously affect our neighborhood:On April 21, 2006 our neighborhood news group received this email from a member about the ULI sponsored meeting:
-- if Park traffic is limited along McDowell and Galvin Parkway, that immense vehicle load will have to go somewhere. Where? Can Thomas and 52d stand the traffic increase? And what about the horrific possibility of major alterations to Oak to allow through E/W traffic? (It seems that Scottsdale streets rather than Phoenix streets will likely be more impacted.) Also, any of us with the currently beautiful commute thru the Park might find traffic restrictions inconvenient at the least.
-- The commercial and other development being described cannot exist without support structures and facilities; what are the plans for these? Since our neighborhood borders what to developers might seem like the "back 40" of the park, there is the risk of maintenance yards and parking lots (lights, paved areas, traffic, ugly views) being installed across Oak.
-- We should not assume the Guard cannot be moved. The Guard representative's quote in the article about the National Guard does state "...we're not going anywhere." But he goes on to say "To do that would take an enormous amount of resouces, of which nobody has discussed with us." That is an open invitation to Phoenix for negotiation (as well as awkward grammar).
Of course all these issues are hypothetical at this point, but it seems to me no one from any of the agencies/bodies/municipalities involved is bending over backwards for citizen input or approval, or even total transparency re what is planned and how far along the plans are.
The value of Papago Park to our neighborhood, and in my opinion to the Phoenix metro area, is as open space, relict desert, dark, quiet, cool, and a close-by place that is not filled to the brim with people, buildings, cars, pavement and noise. Remember that until the late 1920's, Papago Park was Saguaro Cactus National Monument. Is the current plan really moving us the right direction? For anyone who would rather live near a national monument than an imitation of Balboa Park, the answer is no. I'm not against improvements in the current condition of the Park. Like others, I would like to see it cared for and designed for use by people from here, not crammed full of still more "attractions" for tourists. So what if it's not pristine (as some have said to defend building on it) -- in this day and age, can anyone truly defend destroying desert for more development?
One final thought: there is likely more to this plan than meets the eye. Grady Gammage speaks of the Park as becoming a "destination" and something to improve the national reputation of our city. Is building a coffee shop, running a trolley, and putting in an activity center for kids by the Zoo really going to do that? Pretty modest facilities to accomplish such a lofty goal...
Four of the "trial balloons" that were sent up were: A resort; Concert venue; Housing; Removal of The National Guard (our only buffer for all these years)As stated, the meeting was not publicized; at least I didn't hear about it and I'm on the list for news alerts for the Centennial Commission. I read the Arizona Republic article (see below) and left this on the comments section:
Each and all of these made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! We had better pay very close attention to this whole affair. I am the neighbor that Billie referred to and the only way we found out about the meeting, was that my brother was sent a notice of Tuesday's meeting...and he is a developer. It was not publicized. Their "dream" for making Papago park another Balboa Park is worth taking notice of. There was an article on March 26th, in the Tribune, by Grady Gammage, Jr. that will give you his ideas for Papago. Keep in mind, he is a real estate attorney. If you go to www.azcentral.com and click on Papago/Balboa (April 20th)--then read the comments at the bottom of the article, you get a flavor of the valley wide thinking on this subject.
No, no, no. Papago Saguaro National Park was created in 1914 by Pres. Wilson to preserve 'natural objects'. I sincerely doubt that golf courses, parking lots, restaurants and other buildings qualify as natural objects. In the last 90 some years the park has been downgraded and cut up by local governments and developers many times, each taking a chunk of land. In technical terms, these are called "improvements". Each improvement has resulted in less natural habitat. Once again we are witnessing a developer assault on Papago Park. In a meeting in February we were told by a City of Scottsdale official that there would be no new facilities, even as he was talking about new 'amenities'. In a ULI pamphlet from that meeting, labels such as 'commercial hub' and 'tourist and convention venues' were clearly indicated on a map of the park. Kiss another 50 acres of Sonoran desert goodbye. From the article, it seems that if they cannot get their hands on a a sizable portion of the park, they will develop a small part of the park (near Hole in the Rock and/or North of McDowell?) with the sole purpose of maximizing the cpommercial value other properties in the area. The problem is that doing what is best for that purpose is not neccessarily what is best for the park, the people that use it or even the remaining flora and fauna. Oh yes, about ULI... I don't want people from DC and London planning my local park, thank you very much. Look what they are doing to New Orleans! It appears that the Urban Land Institute likes big business a lot more than litle people. Oh yes, there are far too many developers, real estate folks, bankers, and government officials on the planning commission for my taste. I have been trying to find out what these folks are up to for about a year, but no luck... When and if I find anythiung I will add it to this page on the centennial Project and the future of Papago Park: [wwww.sierraestrella.com] If people care about Papago Park, they had better keep an eye on these people.And then I sent this message to our Yahoo email group:
Re: [sherwoodhts] Papago Park - here we go, again I wonder about these people. Check out the latest article about the 'Grand Vision' coming your way.The Arizona Republic has published another article on the project. (April 20, 2006)
Notice they talk about an 'activity hub' between the zoo and the botanical gardens? Why don't they just say it instead of using coded words - It is called Hole in the Rock. That is what is between the two points. They want to put a visitor center with a commercial area in front of Hole in the Rock. The park manager mentioned this to me, saying it might be located where the ranger station is now. Notice also that the article says the park is "completely underutilized". Think about that! The link for the Az Republic article is ....
A GRAND VISION FOR PAPAGO PARK By Catherine Reagor - New York has Central Park. Chicago has Lincoln Park. San Diego has Balboa Park. Phoenix has Papago Park? It doesn't quite have the same ring, probably because Papago isn't in the same league as those other big-city parks with their instant name recognition and loads of amenities.The original article and comments can be found here: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0420papagopark0420.html
"Papago Park could be Phoenix's Lincoln Park, but it's not now," said Grady Gammage Jr., a real estate attorney who led an Urban Land Institute panel that looked at Papago Park's potential. "It's an incredible piece of real estate for the Valley that's completely underutilized."
The redevelopment of Papago Park, near 55th and Van Buren streets, isn't something developers would make money off of initially. But as the park and the area around it became a destination, they could profit from developing the surrounding property in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.
The plans also call for upgrading transportation within the park, likely by adding a trolley or monorail to connect a new activity center to the zoo and the botanical garden. The 11-member panel, which has been studying the park since last year, also suggested clearly defining the park's entrances. Today, members said, visitors may not know when they're within Papago's boundaries.
THE PROMISE OF PAPAGO ...We need to recognize that Papago is not mountain preserve land or pristine desert… we need to get beyond thinking of it as pristine desert to be left in a raw and untouched state. ...There is no physical sense of a "park" rather, there is: A golf course in Tempe; a golf course, a zoo and a botanical garden in Phoenix; a National Guard installation; edges that do not clearly identify the existence of the park within; inconsistent monumentation; no way to get from one attraction to another within the park; and no central gathering place from which the park as a whole is comprehensible. Ideas for solutions...I didn't see this article until a month later.
Recognize and embrace more intense uses of the park compatible with the desert. Examples of such compatible uses might include a small cluster of restaurants and shops for visitors… Physical improvements should be made in the park to link the attractions and to create focus. Examples of such physical improvements might be clear and improved pathways between the zoo, the botanical garden and other attractions. Maybe these should even be upgraded with some kind of people-mover system that could itself become an attraction. A central gathering spot for people visiting the park and also conceivably for significant public events could be added and linked to the other attractions. Plan for transitioning the presence of the National Guard to a much smaller footprint within the park. In our daylong charette we heard from a representative of the National Guard that it would be possible for many of their functions in Papago Park to be relocated elsewhere. Doing so obviously is expensive but the guard occupies some of the most geologically interesting areas within the park and some of the property currently occupied by the guard could be made available for a commercial development for hotel, restaurant, shopping or housing uses. That development might fund some of the other improvements in the park. Fix the jurisdictional fragmentation…. Position Papago Park as a premier regional attraction. ...Possible ideas to create such a major regional attraction could be: Building a major gathering place within the park. The old amphitheater along McDowell is no longer big enough and is too close to the road to serve this function. A piece of the National Guard property would provide the best opportunity for such a gathering spot. This might be a place for major festivals, outdoor concerts, etc… Locate a potential site for a business-class resort….If the National Guard could relocate in part, a site might be freed up for a business-class resort/ hotel/conference facility
"…Papago Park is not a wilderness area, a mountain preserve or a turf park. Papago Park is a home, an expression of Arizona, an outdoor university and a major gathering place and destination.The Summary does not present any specific plans. There is, however, a "project map" in which some of the ideas are presented and associated to parts of the park. Some of the labels on the map say things like "add tourist and convention venues to the Desert Botanical garden " and "add tourist and convention venues to the Phoenix Zoo." The big thing seems to be a plan for a NEW HUB FOR PARK ACTIVITY. In the words of the pamphlet: "Create a social, cultural and commercial hub to focus the activity of the park. The hub should be a branded location between the Zoo and the Botanical Garden." The map in fact has a big "X" just above Hole in the Rock indicating the location of this hub. In many ways this reminds me of the 1956 plan, except it is worse. Kiss 50 acres of desert goodbye.
"Papago Park lacks a central point that is attractive and engaging. The Park should include a great public place where people go to see people."
"There should be a clear central core destination with a major theme that is designed to attract locals and tourist will follow."
"Consideration should be given to relocating the National Guard and adding uses that would better compliment the park…"
Note: Of particular interest to the folks living north of Oak is a gateway designated "Open space corridor linking neighborhoods to park." This corridor starts at 52nd street and turns south between 58th and 60th streets. Interestingly, it includes the area between Oak and the landing strip on the Military base. I have no idea what this means. Well that is it. I will end this section of the update with a quote from a lady to me after the meeting: "I don't understand how they say there will be no new facilities when they are talking about all these new amenities."
John: Councilman Ecton has asked me to contact you and provide an update on the Papago Park preservation intitiative, and how it will impact the Sherwood Heights neighborhood.
As you may know, Council member Drake and I represent the city on the Papago Salado Commission. Both Betty and I are determined to ensure the Scottsdale has direct access to the many park amenities, and a strong voice in ensuring this beautiful park is well preserved. Other members on this important commission represent Tempe, Phoenix, SRP and the National Guard.
Scottsdale has agreed to have a comprehensive study performed by the Urban Land Institute. As a result of this study a Papago Park Master Plan will be created and agreed to by all entities who have direct impact on this park. Ultimately, we support making the park a centerpeice in the planned 2012 State Centenial celebration, as this will attract additional money from the state in support of creating public awareness and our efforts to preserve and maintain the park.
A major part of preservation is to make sure that there is no new development in the park. A significant portion of the park is bounded by southern Scottsdale (to include Sherwood Heights) and we will protect the integrity of your neighborhood to the greatest extent possible.
Should you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at home: 480-970-xxxx.
Sincerely, Kevin J. Osterman, Councilman
Subject: [sherwoodhts] Papago park - Still be activeYet another email from email@example.com responding to the one above
Even though Papago Park is under City of Phoenix juridiction, the new movement at the recent meeting at the Phx zoo (in August) was for there to be a shared type of decision making arrangement by all three adjacent cities with regards to reexamining future uses and possible development or preservation of Papago Park. As we learned from the ice arena issue and the master plan committee process a year or two later (which was about 7 or 8 years back), Scottsdale citizens do in fact have considerable clout with regards to their concerns for the preservation of Papago Park, particularly for the site so many of us enjoy, the southern most portion sometimes known as the sports commplex which is south of McDowel Road. Much of the area is still desert thank goodness but this is so because Phoenix and Scottsdale citizens were active and rose to the occasion to speak their minds at meetings and write letters of concern. This is what made the difference.
With regards to the most up-to-date master plan for Papago Park, I was on the master plan committee (about 8 yrs back) as a neighborhood representative and you should know there were a few things on the the master plan which would cause somewhat(not a huge dent but somewhat) of a dent into the desert so many of us enjoy.
Specically, there is planned an additional one or two more ball fields to be added along with the addition of a few hundred more parking spaces. This will cut into the desert westward somewhat which I don't like and never did and I voted against any development at all which would further cut into or slice up the remaining desert on the sports complex(ZONE C) as it was called during the master planning process 8 yrs ago. At the time though this was better than the other 2 plans the city of phoenix offered for citizens to consider for a supposed 20 year master plan which both included more devlopment of the desert near our neigborhoods.
Why things are being revisited right now, I have no clue but I'm somewhat concerned of possible developers who may have an interest in any undeveloped land we like to call our little oasis of desert in a sea of sprauling urban development. It is not yet time to panic but neighborhoods should absolutely keep a close eye on the situation so that if public input and opinion is called for or warranted, then citizens can respond in a strong and timely fashion.
A. and neighbors - fortunately it does not appear that there are any plans for any more structures or new facilities for Papago Park - the discussion sare focusing around improvements to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, which really isn't the Park and some of the facilities south of McDowell. Scottsdale City Councilman Kevin Osterman is on the task force looking at this issue with Phoenix - Kevin lives close - just east of 64th street, south of Thomas - he is adamant that nothing with proceed that would impact Scottsdale neighborhoods. Perhaps we should invite him to attend an upcoming neighborhood meeting to brief us on this issue?And another, 05:15 PM 10/11/2005
Still, even though Papago Park is under Phoenix jurisdiction, doesn't a city have to take into account effects its development/land use might have on bordering historic (or any other type of designation) neighborhoods, even those of another city? Maybe not... Also,you would think Scottsdale might have an interest in preserving the quality of its > >historic neighborhoods, and come to bat in a (hypothetical) situation like this. Just asking... A.And yet another, 10/8/2005
No, Papago Park is under Phoenix jurisdiction.
If our neighborhood was on the historic register, do you suppose it would be more difficult for "improvements" to be made to Papago Park, especially on Oak, which would affect the neighborhood dramatically?
Subject: Re: [sherwoodhts] New Developments in Papago ParkAnd still another sent to us by a member of the neighborhood group, September 20, 2005
I am skeptical of the "South Side only" argument. If Scottsdale wants in, there are only a few logical points of access - the best would be around Oak and 64, after relocating the Barnes Center and depot.
There is also the fact they want to do something with the amphitheatre (mentioned in another statement by officials). This means messing with McDowell in some way. I can remember going to the amphitheatre for Sunrise Easter service in the 50s, and the road was not there, at least not like today. That's how old I am.
The fact is that Scottsdale wants in, and that means change. The question is what kind of change. As far as I am concerned, nothing that the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale will do will enhance our lives, much to the contrary. I don't know what is going to happen, but I know it will mean less desert, less natural habitat, less peace and quiet, and more people.
In fact, not only should they leave it alone, they should get rid of the athletic facilities and fields (existing and planned) and also the two golf courses (let the snowbirds use the other 363!) and revert those lands to desert. The only acceptable use of the Papago Park lands is to limit the existing facilities (Zoo, botanical gardens, lagoons, picnic areas and some parking) and leave the rest as Sonoran desert habitat, with a few trails. Period. This would be a great contribution to the future of our community and state.
Governments do not like desert. It is too easy. No big budgets or million dollar contracts or large staff needed. No buildings or sports facilities to give some politicians name to.
Let's see how hard it will be to get info on this project. John
Subject: [sherwoodhts] New Developments in Papago ParkMy email dated Sat, 17 Sep 2005 sent to our Yahoo group
Folks: I recently met with a representative from the City of Phoenix Mayors Office. It was on another matter, but I was lucky to find out that she is also the representative for all Parks related matters for the City of Phoenix. We briefly discussed the project(s) proposed for the Papago Buttes (Galvin Parkway) Area. Although, she was aware of some plans in progres she admitted to not knowing all the details. However, she did indicate that as far as the City of Phoenix the only proposals pending are for development South of Mcdowell Road. And the only projects are for a Park Center Gift Shop and a community athletic field.
But, she is eager to research any specific questions. So please help me develop/edit a list of questions for her...
1) What is the extent of any projects or proposals in work, pending or under review for the city of Phoenix in the Papago Buttes/Galvin Parkway area?
2) In the Papago Buttes/Galvin Parkway area are > there any projects or proposals in work, pending or under review that are "Regional Development" > projects that would involve Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale?
3) Who if any are the private business interests involved in this project?
4) Are any project pending for expanding existing facilities?
5) Who would be the primary contact(s) for any projects for this area- public and private
Subject: [sherwoodhts] Papago Park ????? I don’t get the Republic anymore, so I missed your article. A quick search on the Azcentral.com site shows a flurry of activity and planning for the park, but no hard information.This is my first email to our neighborhood association, after I became aware that the were planning to make major changes to the park - sent on Friday, 16 Sep 2005.
Questions: Who are these “advocates” and what are they advocating? What new amenities are these? Will “everybody” really benefit?
The fact that Washington and even London are planning our neighborhood really makes me feel good. The fact they I called the City government and they were not very helpful or informative makes me feel even better.
A high use, high profile attraction means the end of Papago Park as we know it. The folks on Oak are going to love the new 6 lane highway, the 3 story panoramic visitor center and the 25,000 people a day traffic, but it will be worth it just to have the rock concerts right next door. The new traffic flow and access ramps on 52th, 56th, 60th and 64th may be ugly but in a few years we’ll get used to them. Some of us will have to move when the City exercises “Eminent Domain” but that is a small price for making “everybody” happy. One other benefit is that the coyotes, rabbits, javalina, foxes and those damn quail we hate will be gone. It will be heaven on earth. This maybe hyperbole. Maybe.
What is really going on? John
Subject: [sherwoodhts] Papago Park tour to be scheduled (and about the future of the Park) - Regarding several questions about what I know about the future of the military base....
1. Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale are planning, planning and planning a joint plan (That is the best I can do to describe it).
2. Scottsdale is considering doing something, maybe some type of access (off Oak?) to the park, or even some type of connection between Papago Park and Indian Bend Wash/Park. (Don't ask me how! They're miles apart!)
3. There are people in City governments (plural) that would like to see the military out (from a February 2005 meeting I attended in Tempe).
4. This all (item 1) is supposed to happen for the Arizona centennial (2012). I actually heard somebody say these words "Something like Balboa Park". That is in San Diego, in case you don't know.
So, in conclusion, like Sargent Shultz, I know nothing! I have no hard facts, just some ideas that are floating out there that may be of concern to some of us.
COOPERATION BETWEEN CITIES WILL BENEFIT PARK, EVERYONE - Arizona Republic, August 30, 2005
Papago Park has received a lot of attention lately from city officials in Scottsdale and Phoenix ("Scottsdale's next park?" Scottsdale Republic, Aug. 11). It's a welcome surprise to many residents of south Scottsdale. The park, with its companion Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo and the bordering Papago Park Military Reservation, is one of the area's great amenities. Though often believed to be a part of Scottsdale, the park is...PAPAGO PARK ADDS BEAUTY TO S. SCOTTSDALE GATEWAY - Arizona Republic, August 23, 2005
Westbound drivers on McDowell Road in south Scottsdale enjoy a unique and beautiful skyline. The road ahead disappears just beyond city limits into the awe-inspiring Papago Buttes and Barnes Butte in the sprawling Papago Park. The rocky landmarks are as immediately recognizable, if perhaps not as grand, as Camelback Mountain. Papago Park, distinguished by the eye-catching pyramid tomb of George W.P. Hunt, Arizona's first governor, actually is in Phoenix and Tempe, but Scottsdale...PAPAGO PARK GROUP SEEKS TIES TO STATE'S CENTENNIAL - Arizona Republic, August 15, 2005
Advocates looking to give Papago Park a makeover are lobbying to have the site selected as a signature project of the committee planning for Arizona's centennial in 2012. The Papago Salado Association, which promotes the preservation and enhancement of the 1,200-acre park, is seeking millions of dollars that could add new amenities and enhance old ones. Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs, a Papago Salado board member, predicted the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission will...LONG-TERM EFFORT / UPGRADES TOUTED FOR PAPAGO PARK - Arizona Republic, August 12, 2005
Leaders of Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix took one of the first steps Wednesday in what is shaping up to be a years-long effort to improve Papago Park. Next month, the non-profit Urban Land Institute, based in Washington, and London, will lead a brainstorming session on the future of the park. In the interim, the three cities are looking to develop a formal partnership that will guide future efforts. The 1,200-acre park has hiking and biking trails, museums, ramadas, fishing lagoons, a ...SCOTTSDALE'S NEXT PARK? - August 11, 2005
Papago Park sits squarely inside Phoenix and Tempe, but at least one prominent park advocate believes part of Papago could one day belong to Scottsdale. Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs predicted Wednesday that sometime over the next century, Scottsdale will be part owner of the park and that Scottsdale's involvement will benefit Papago Park. "Ultimately, very long term, (Scottsdale) would have some kind of a community investment or stake in the park...3 CITIES BEGIN PLANNING FOR PAPAGO PARK FUTURE - Arizona Republic, August 10, 2005
City leaders from Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe are meeting today to talk about the future of Papago Park. On the table: a comprehensive master plan for the park that is divided by Phoenix and Tempe, and is bordered on the north and east by Scottsdale. The 1,200-acre park plays host to residents from across the Valley, offering hiking and biking trails, museums, ramadas, fishing lagoons, a botanical garden and zoo. "All three cities realize the importance of the ...(end of cronology)