A ribbon cutting ceremony and numerous free activities will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon to celebrate the opening of Eagles Park and Eagles Community Center, 828 E. Broadway Road. The park and community center were created as a City of Mesa transformation project that re-purposed the old Mesa Junior High School site.
The 28 acre park has numerous amenities:
Youth Ninja Course
"Born Learning" preschool activity trail
four lighted multi-use fields that are reservable
first come, first serve shaded picnic ramada
retention basins to assist with managing regional storm water south of Main Street
Eagles Community Center includes the gymnasium that was part of Mesa Junior High, plus a functional fitness room and classrooms with a focus on youth sports, after school programs and summer programs.
"The City of Mesa is committed to providing our residents with fun and unique park concepts that ignite the imagination and encourage play," Mayor John Giles said. "Eagles Park and Community Center now offer one-of-a-kind activities and programs for all ages. It's great to see these former Mesa Public Schools assets develop into a community point of pride."
Activities taking place during the grand opening include live music from Freddie Duran Plan, inflatables, preschool programs for gymnastics and other classes, tours, food trucks and information vendors.
"Eagles Park is a fantastic addition to District 4 and the City of Mesa," District 4 Councilmember Jen Duff said. "Mesa has some amazing spaces for our residents and visitors to enjoy, and this new park will go right to the top of that list."
Funding for Eagles Park and Eagles Community Center is from the 2012 Parks Bond approved by Mesa voters, a Neighborhood Stabilization Grant and Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Local Streets Sales Tax for storm water infrastructure improvements. The "Born Learning" preschool activity trail was funded by the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation and Mesa United Way and the playground costs were funded, in part, through a grant from the Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority.
Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
Contact: Kevin Christopher