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 Events for Estrella Mtn 
<October 2015>

5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.


Estrella Mountain Regional Park Seeks Input on Master Plan Update

(Maricopa County) The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is currently updating the 1988 Master Plan for Estrella Mountain Regional Park and is seeking input from the community. The goal of the Park Master Plan is to develop a long-range vision for the park that takes into account park visitors needs while also protecting the resources and natural open space found within the park.

“The department is beginning the initial phase of the planning process and it is important for us to make sure that the community is a part of that process,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5. Estrella Mountain Regional Park abuts the suburbs of Goodyear and Avondale.

“The April 30th meeting is the first public meeting that will be hosted at the park. During this phase of the planning process I’ve asked staff to gather input from park users regarding their recreational needs and preferences. This will help to guide us in the development of the draft master plan,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.

The public comment period for the first phase of the project will remain open for 30-days concluding at the close of business on May 30. To learn more about the public meeting being held at April 30, at 6 p.m. in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park’s Nature Center or the project, visit and click on the park project tab.

Added: 3/25/2015

In the spring of 2014, MCPRD staff began the process to update the park's 1988 Master Plan. The ultimate purpose of developing a park master plan is to outline the long-range vision for the park as well as to guide development priorities that will provide for both the public's enjoyment and the protection of the park's resources.

Through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Areas Program, the National Park Service is assisting MCPRD with this master plan update. The update process will include conducting research, meeting with stakeholders, and consulting the public through public open house meetings. This process will take about 18-months and updates will be posted here. For questions or comments, please contact the MCPRD Park Planner at

Stakeholders Meetings:

August 17, 2015
- April 30th Public Open House Comments
- Estrella Mountain Regional Park Master Plan Update

April 30, 2015
Master Plan Update Feedback
- Welcome
- Handout
- Timeline
- Vision/Mission
- Park Today
- 1988 Park
- EYS Proposal
- Wetlands Proposal
- El Rio Watercourse Proposal
- Feedback
- Idea Board
- Comment Card

March 26, 2015
Meeting Notes

January 29, 2015
Presentation Materials
Meeting Notes

Please note that dates and timeframes are subject to change.
Last updated: 2/19/2015



Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 10/8/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 10/9/2015
Birds of Estrella -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Owls and Vultures -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 10/15/2015
Nocturnal Animals Night Hike -Estrella Park - 10/16/2015
Petroglyph Hike -Estrella Park - 10/17/2015
Arizona Wildlife Mythbusting -Estrella Park - 10/17/2015
Find the Ranger -Estrella Park - 10/18/2015
Critter Chat -Estrella Park - 10/18/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 10/22/2015
Passport Estrella: The Hike Every Trail Challenge! Day 1 - 10/24/2015
Halloween Party -Estrella Park - 10/24/2015
Little Learners -Estrella Park - 10/25/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 10/25/2015
Moonlight Hike -Estrella Park - 10/28/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 10/29/2015
Ghost Story Campfire -Estrella Park - 10/30/2015
Passport Estrella: The Hike Every Trail Challenge! Day 2 - 10/31/2015
Fitness Thursday -Estrella Park - 11/5/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 11/6/2015
Passport Estrella: The Hike Every Trail Challenge! Day 3 - 11/7/2015
Believe it or Not! Animal Intelligence -Estrella Park - 11/7/2015

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