Scottsdale residents have a place to play courtesy of local Rotary clubs

Looking for a place to meet friends for a fun outdoor gathering?

Thanks to the efforts of local Rotary clubs, Scottsdale residents have two locations they may want to consider.

Entry to Scottsdale Rotary Park.

Entry to Scottsdale Rotary Park.

Scottsdale Rotary Park is an eight-acre oasis in the heart of Gainey Ranch. The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the City of Scottsdale.

The park features lighted walking paths, a children’s playground, a greenbelt, picnic ramadas, a restroom facility, brand new grilling area and the world’s first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol.

In 2002 the Rotary Club of Scottsdale added UnityPlaza and the Spirit of Unity Flagpole to RotaryPark.  These were a Rotary International Centennial Project in commemoration of RI’s 200th anniversary in 2005.

Tree Planting at Scottsdale Rotary Park: Rotary Club of Scottsdale and the City of Scottsdale’s Park and Recreation Tree Program plant a tree in memory of a club member’s mother, Virginia Murray.  A memorial tree is a long-lasting opportunity to honor and remember while enhance the beauty and quality of the park.

Tree Planting at Scottsdale Rotary Park: Rotary Club of Scottsdale and the City of Scottsdale’s Park and Recreation Tree Program plant a tree in memory of a club member’s mother, Virginia Murray. A memorial tree is a long-lasting opportunity to honor and remember while enhance the beauty and quality of the park.

The Scottsdale Rotary Foundation continues to offer naming and/or memorial opportunities (trees, paver bricks and more) at UnityPlaza for major donors.
RotaryPlaza is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale.

Papago Rotary Park is a one-acre community park and was built by the former Papago Rotary Club members. The “pocket park” was part of the original housing subdivision, built in the 1960s.

The metal ramada on site was relocated from the Scottsdale Galleria lower atrium. The ramada was installed with masonry columns, curbs and sidewalks and a multi-activity play structure was added with landscaping improvements.

In 1994, Mayor Herb Drinkwater re-dedicated the revitalized park. Other amenities include grass volleyball court, half-basketball court and playground amenities.

Coronado High School students and Rotary Club of Scottsdale supporters visit Papago Rotary Park..

Coronado High School students and Rotary Club of Scottsdale supporters visit Papago Rotary Park..

Papago Rotary Park is located at 7316 E. Garfield Street, Scottsdale.

Members of Coronado High School’s Interact Rotary Club, with the support of club’s sponsor Rotary Club of Scottsdale, have plans to complete various improvement projects at the park.

The parks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required. Those planning to have inflatables, catered food or another specialty item are asked to call City of Scottsdale’s Facility Booking office at 480-312-7707 to ensure the company you are renting from has adequate insurance to use city parks.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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