Mesa celebrates $7.9 million renovation of Pioneer Park

The park now features a 9,000-square-foot playground with a unique design.   File photo

After an eight-month closure that included a $7.9 million renovation project, Mesa's Pioneer Park has reopened with features such as a multi-story playground and a splash pad with 15-foot-high water wall -- the first of its kind in Arizona. 

The Mesa community gathered for the recent reopening event of Pioneer Park where residents got to see the park's massive renovations and added amenities.

"So many Mesa families have been coming to Pioneer Park for generations," Mesa Mayor John Giles said in a press release. "From the days of playing on the train to the amazing new playground structures that look and feel like playing in the trees, Pioneer Park is the place our community gathers. I am so proud of the diligent work in both preserving the historic aspects of the park while ushering in a new generation of fun."

The park now features a 9,000-square-foot playground with a unique design and a 500-foot-long elevated ribbon walkway connecting the playground to the main central plaza.

The park's improvements also include remodeled restrooms with ADA compliance fixtures, relocation of two basketball courts and new landscaping and plazas. Renovations to the park also included new LED lighting throughout the park, expanded wi-fi and fiber network connections to allow for movies in the park and 130 new trees.

Funding for the Pioneer Park improvement project came from voter approved 2012 Parks Bond. 

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