Peoria breaks ground on 120-acre park with sports fields, fishing, more

Apr 30, 2019, 1:30 PM | Updated: 6:31 pm
(City of Peoria Photo)...
(City of Peoria Photo)
(City of Peoria Photo)

PHOENIX – Northwest Valley residents are getting a new place to gather and play.

City and county officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning for Paloma Community Park, a 120-acre recreation oasis in Peoria with sports fields, a fishing lake, playgrounds and more.

The city’s third community park is being built east of Lake Pleasant Parkway, just south of the Loop 303, on land managed by Peoria and owned by the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

Tuesday’s ceremony came five years after the city first documented the need to develop a new park in response to population growth north of Bell Road.

“A lot of care has gone in to ensuring Paloma Community Park serves our residents to the fullest, and I can’t wait until this incredible space is filled with family and friends who are enjoying this park and the beautiful Sonoran Desert around it,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said in a press release.

Construction of the 85-acre first phase is targeted for completion in the summer of 2020.

The plans include lighted baseball and multi-purpose fields, a splash pad, picnic ramadas, a dog park and pickle ball courts, as well as hard and soft walking loops.

The new park will also have concessions stands, multiple restroom buildings, an event lawn and a stage.

A 35-acre second phase is still in the planning stage.

So far, the plans, which are subject to change, include a court for skating and rollerblading, an equestrian trailhead and an additional ball field complex.

“Peoria is committed to providing balanced amenities across the city, and citizen input is critical to that balance,” Councilwoman Bridget Binsbacher said in the release.

“I strongly encourage everyone to stay involved with this project as it moves into phase two.”

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Peoria breaks ground on 120-acre park with sports fields, fishing, more