Parks Rules and Regulations

As you enjoy Mesa's many and diverse parks, please respect the rights of others, and comply with all park regulations.


List of Parks and Facilities

It is unlawful to conduct any of the following activities in Mesa parks or retention basins.

  • Smoking under picnic ramadas
  • Discarding litter or trash
  • Dogs on-leash are welcome at all City Parks. To find out about designated dog parks in Mesa, visit the Dog Parks page.
  • Hitting golf balls or shooting arrows
  • Using any wind craft or boats
  • Driving motorized vehicles in non-designated areas
  • Using model planes, boats or cars without permission.  See full rules regarding remote control models.
  • Throwing or discarding any object or substance into lake or retention pond
  • Swimming or wading in any lake or retention pond
  • Possessing any glass containers
  • Vandalizing or removing park property or wildlife
  • Using materials other than charcoal in designated grills or fire pits
  • Repairing or maintaining vehicles
  • Advertising or soliciting goods or services
  • Possessing or consuming spirituous liquor, beer or wine, except when a proper beer or wine permit has been secured from the City.   Information about alcohol permits.
  • Riding horses or bringing equestrian animals onto park, recreation, or commercial facility grounds except on designated bridal paths, trails or other equestrian areas
  • Iceblocking or water sliding in any park, basin, recreation or commercial facility area
  • Camping or use of parks, basins or recreation facilities beyond designated operational hours except for cases where a special permit is issued by the department

To report violations of the above, please call 480-644-2352.


Rules regarding Electric Powered Helicopters, Aircraft and Model Rockets

  • Mesa City Code prohibits the flying of model aircraft in parks and basins except Basin 116 (airplanes) and Basin 114 (helicopters).  A special use permit for Basin 114 is held by the Superstition Radio Control Helicopter Association (SRCHA
  • Basin 114 is to be used for the operation of electric powered model helicopters only.  Use of other remote controlled vehicles (internal combustion aircraft, R/C cars, airplanes, gliders, etc.) or model rockets is not allowed.  Please visit Basin 116 for airplane flights.
  • Basins are available for drop-in use on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Radio frequencies are shared with the Arizona Wingnutz AMA Charter Club #4702, permit holder for aircraft use in Basin 116.
  • All Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) National Safety Rules apply  (765) 287-1256.
  •  Insurance is required to fly model aircraft (through AMA or private provider).
  • All spectators must stay outside of flight areas.  Pilots MUST fly from the bottom of the retention basin.
  • These rules are in accordance with Mesa City Code, Chapter 10, Section 6-10-3 (L)
  • Please fly safely!

Both basin 114 and 116 are located near the intersection of Elliot and Crismon Roads:

Basin 114 is located at 10226 E. Elliot Road

Basin 116 is located at  9750 E Elliot Road