Desert Arroyo Park: McKellips & Ellsworth Park Project No. CP0120



Project Updates



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 October, 2013.


Council has approved the name of the McKellips and Ellsworth Park to be called Desert Arroyo Park once construction has been completed.

City of Mesa is in the process of procuring a CMAR for this project and working in 90% construction plans.  

The City of Mesa selected Haydon Building Corp. as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for this project.   

Project Schedule

The constructgion document development was completed Winter 2014.  Construction is scheduled to begin January 2015.


Project Details

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.

Project Funding

This project is funded through the voter-approved 2012 Parks Bond Program.


Parks and Recreation 2012 Bond Program

Site Plan Rendering

Conceptual Layout

Site Program

Trails and Lighting

Education Nodes

Gathering Plaza

Site Vegetation

Existing Landscape

Mammalian Education Node - New

Avian Education Node - New

Reptilian Education Node - New

Interactive Node - New

Environmental Assessment

Archeological Study

Class III Archeological Study

2013 Public Safety and Street Bonds

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