Phoenix, AZ

Five picnic spots in Phoenix

Alistair Dominguez

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PHOENIX, AZ — Most months are ideal for playing in the park due to the year-round sunshine in Phoenix. Bring your picnic basket and your family to one of Phoenix's top picnic spots:

1. Margaret T. Hance Park (67 W. Culver St., Phoenix)

This park, named for Phoenix's first female mayor, is a must-see for anybody living in the downtown area. A popular dog park, bike routes and the Phoenix Center for the Arts are all located here, as are yearly festivals like M3F and the Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival. There are lots to see and do nearby, including Roosevelt Row and the Japanese Friendship Garden. The park has also just undergone renovations, so everything appears to be fresh and attractive.

2. Civic Space Park (424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)

Civic Space is a little smaller than other parks since it is right in the heart of downtown Phoenix's high rises. Downtown Phoenix Inc. and a slew of other downtown groups organize a variety of activities, including outdoor movies and food trucks. The cozy area is particularly notable for the overhanging artwork "Her Secret is Patience," which is illuminated at night.

3. Steele Indian School Park (300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix)

Steele Indian School Park, located in the heart of Central Phoenix, features acres of green grass, a massive bird-shaped lake with fishing and a taste of local history. Walk around the Circle of Life cistern in the park's center to see three historic buildings and interpretive columns on the history of the Phoenix Indian School.

4. Desert Horizon Park (16002 56th St., Scottsdale)

Desert Horizon Park is notable for its abundance of picnic areas, playgrounds, and outdoor exercise facilities. Several stations designed to enhance flexibility and muscular strength are sprinkled throughout the one-mile jogging course.

5. Freestone Park (1045 E. Juniper Ave., Gilbert)

This 120-acre park is a landmark in Gilbert's expanding municipality and is located in the heart of the city. Two lakes, a skate park, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, softball fields, multiple playgrounds, and lots of space for the kids to run about are all available. The train that rounds the park all weekend is not to be missed.

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