Desert Arroyo Park: McKellips & Ellsworth Park Project No.
A final Public Meeting was held
on December 13, 2013 and citizens were shown
revised design layout and concepts. The revisions were taken
from the comments received at the prior public meeting held in
Council has approved the name of the McKellips and Ellsworth
Park to be called Desert Arroyo Park once construction has been
Construction is anticipated to begin Summer 2014.
At the corner of McKellips and Ellsworth Roads is a beautiful
58-acre parcel of native desert uplands owned by the City of
Mesa. Zaharis Elementary School is in the northwest corner of
the property. The proposed design takes full advantage of the
site’s landscape with a passive park focusing on experiencing
the native desert. An existing desert arroyo will be enhanced to
develop an interpretive educational experience. There will be a
looped trail system and an outdoor desert classroom for
environmental education. Additional improvements include site
access, trails and interpretative signage, shaded picnic ramadas
and gathering spaces and parking. The southern portion of the
property is planned for a future Maricopa County Flood Control
storm water retention area as outlined in the Spook Hill Area
Drainage Master Plan.
This project is funded through the voter-approved 2012 Parks