2012 Parks Bond Program

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On November 6, 2012 Mesa voters approved the Parks $70 million Bond Program. Progress to date on each of the projects is noted below.

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The 2012 Parks and Recreation Bond Program focuses on five areas:
1.    Parks Conversion and Improvement Projects
2.    Community Partnership Projects
3.    iMesa Park Renovation and Enhancement Projects
4.    iMesa New Park Development Projects
5.    iMesa Bike and Pedestrian Path Projects

Park Conversion and Improvement Projects
- These projects develop city-owned vacant land into usable park space and meet Federal land exchange requirements due to the redevelopment of Riverview Park.  Locations include:

 Details Project Status
Signal Butte/Elliot

Master Plan [PDF]

Interpretive Node [PDF]

Soccer Fields [PDF]

First phase likely to include trail system only. Estimated timeline for construction is mid-2017.
Medina and Hawes Mariposa Park 
Construction Complete - Park opened March 2015
McDowell/Recker Desert Trails Park Construction Complete - Park opened November 2014
(Desert Arroyo Park)
Desert Arroyo Park


Construction Complete - Park opened August 2015




Total cost for Park Conversion and Improvement Projects - $7,250,000

Community Partnership Projects - These projects are completed in partnership with Mesa Public Schools to convert school properties into parks.

 Details Project Status
Eagles Park & Community Center (Mesa Jr. High) Proposed Concept [PDF]
Construction estimated to begin Fall 2016 and is estimated to be completed in Summer 2017.

Fiesta Sports Park

(Powell/Mesa Education Center)

Preliminary Master Plan [PDF]
Construction is underway and is estimated to be completed in Fall 2016.

Total cost for Community Partnership Projects - $8,700,000

iMesa Park Renovation and Enhancement Projects -   Residents recognize the need for renovation and enhancement to existing parks.  The following parks will be renovated or enhanced:

 Details Project Status
Pioneer Park

 Master Plan [PDF]


Design to begin Summer 2016

Construction Spring 2017 through Fall 2017

Riverview Park  Riverview Park
Construction Complete - Park opened January 2014
Museum and Cultural Resources Expansion (Federal Building)
Design in progress. Construction to begin mid to late 2016 and completed early 2017.
Mesa Aquatic Complex  Mesa Aquatic Complex
Construction Complete - Complex opened May 2015
Greenfield Park Urban Fishing Lake and Playground Renovation  Conceptual Rendering [PDF]

Construction began November 9th, 2016 and will be completed in the Fall 2017.

Existing park improvements in playgrounds, shading, field lighting, and irrigation systems  Parks Updates on smaller projects are posted on the individual park websites 
Dobson Ranch Park
Playground Upgrades
Site Plan [PDF]
Construction will begin September 6, 2016 and end December 2016
Kleinman Park
Site Plan [PDF]
Construction will begin February 2017 through August 2017.

Total cost for iMesa Park Renovation and Enhancement Projects - $37,800,000

iMesa New Park Development Projects - Residents suggested a desire to expand park systems and provide additional amenities.  The following projects are chosen:

 Details Project Status
Buckhorn Baths
Unable to acquire land - Project Cancelled
Monterey Park
Land acquisition complete. No further work planned at this time.         
Mesa City Center
Site planning began March 2015

Total cost for iMesa New Park Development Projects - $10,750,000

iMesa Bike and Pedestrian Paths - These projects provide enhanced connections to neighborhoods, transit, and recreation opportunities.  Projects include:

Details Project Status
Riverview/Rio Salado Shared use path along the Salt River connecting Dobson Rd, Riverview Park and Tempe's path system along Tempe Town Lake.
Design plans complete.  Completion of construction is approximately Fall 2016.
Stadium Connector

Shared use path connecting Hohokam Park north of Center/Brown Rd to Dobson Rd/SR 202 (formerly called West Mesa Connector).

Construction began in December, 2016 and will be completed in May, 2017.

Southeast Mesa Bike and Pedestrian Path Project Shared use path adjacent to the SanTan Loop 202 from Baseline to Elliot.
Design anticipated to commence in January 2016.

Total cost for iMesa Bike and Pedestrian Paths - $5,500,000


Total Bond Amount - $70,000,000
Operation and maintenance costs are being phased in as needed upon the completion of projects.
Annual cost per average assessed property value - $24.84 (annually) or $2.07 (monthly)

These 18 projects, plus infrastructure improvements in existing parks, reach residents throughout the City of Mesa and include a variety of recreational assets such as youth and adult sports fields, open turf areas, playgrounds, and trails.

Each project has been through the past iMesa process beginning as an idea from the community and working its way through the iMesa Steering Committee, City of Mesa staff for feasibility, advisory boards for recommendation, a call for an election from Mesa City Council, and voted on by the residents of Mesa. 

Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department will be coordinating the projects and will be re-engaging the community to update specific project needs.  For more information about the Parks and Recreation Bond Projects, please contact: Andrea Moore, PRCF Planning and Operations Administrator, at (480) 644-2643, andrea.moore@mesaaz.gov.

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