Scottsdale, SUSD to renew agreement for shared park

The city of Scottsdale is looking to extend its agreement with Scottsdale Unified School District for joint use of Aztec Park.

This item is part of the consent agenda of the Friday, Dec. 2 Scottsdale City Council meeting.

A view of the Aztec Park playground. (Photo courtesy of the city of Scottsdale)

A view of the Aztec Park playground. (Photo courtesy of the city of Scottsdale)

According to a city staff proposal, the city entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the district in 1991 and that agreement is set to expire on Dec. 26. The approval would extend the agreement for another 25 years.
The original agreement was for the joint use of a park and playground next to Cheyenne Traditional School.

Not only would the proposed first amendment to the IGA term of the original agreement, but it would also clarify the timing of maintenance of Aztec Park and delete a provision regarding the use of the restrooms.

On Oct. 19, 1982, the city council approved zoning of an area that stipulated a 5.1-acre park site and a 4.19-acre public use site.

The stipulation also said if SUSD were to purchase land directly west of the public use site, the city would convey the public use site for school purposes with the intent the district and city jointly operated the land as a park and school playground.

Nine years later, SUSD requested the city shift the joint park and playground use from its lot at 100th street and Sweetwater Avenue to another lot of the same size at 100th Street and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.

That site is adjacent to the Cheyenne Traditional School and the use of the then-named Pulte Park.

The agreement required the city to convey the original parcel to the school district in exchange for rights to use the substitute as a shared playground and public park.

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