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Chaparral Park

Chaparral Park in Scottsdale is a fantastic spot for lakeside picnics, getting your steps in, or simply taking in some fresh air with the family. The park is spread out over 100 acres and features a stunning lake for fishing and boating, a children’s playground, swimming pool, walking and biking trails, and an expansive dog park. For the athletes, there are also six ball fields, two volleyball courts, three soccer fields, and two half-court basketball courts. With something for everyone, Chaparral Park is easily one of the best places to visit in Scottsdale for families!

Let Loose at the Playground

You’ll find all the playground essentials like swings, slides, monkey bars, and merry-go-rounds, but what makes the playground at Chaparral Park stand out is its accessibility. There are two inclusive swings and one two-person swing in addition to playground swing set. The side-by-side slide is built to allow parents or caregivers to slide safely alongside a child. The best part? The playground is covered!

Fish for Trout at the Lake

Cast your line at the lake in Chaparral Park in Scottsdale and try your luck for catfish, trout, bass, and sunfish. Set in the heart of the park, the lake is the perfect spot for unwinding with a bit of fishing. Set your boat out into the water from the boat ramp, or stick to land at the fishing pier.

Play Time at the Dog Park

Bringing your furry friend along to Scottsdale? The dog park at Chaparral Park in Scottsdale is a local favorite for play time with pups. There are two sections, one for more active play and one for more passive dogs, with water fountains, obstacle areas, and waste stations throughout the park.

Get Your Workout In

Work up an appetite with the 10-station exercise equipment set up along the walking loop, featuring knee lifts, bench leg raises, bench curls, pull up bars, and vault bars. Then fire up the grill in the picnic areas dotted throughout the park, with two shady ramadas available for reservation.

Catch a Ball Game

Work on your jump shot on the basketball courts or practice your spike on the volleyball courts. The ball fields are popular for local softball leagues in the evenings, and the soccer fields often host youth games. Live like a local and cheer on your favorite team!

How to Get to Chaparral Park

Chaparral Park is located just northeast of central Scottsdale, between Chaparral and McDonald Roads. It’s easily accessible by car, with plenty of parking available. The park is open daily from sunrise to 10:30 p.m., and the dog park closes at 10 p.m.

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