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FIRE BAN INFORMATION
Effective
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Thursday, September 3, 2015 (Tentative end date)
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.

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image - Learn how to flatwater canoe Learn how to flatwater canoe 8/26/2015
(Peoria) – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to skim across a flat water lake in a canoe? Wonder no more, adventurous first-time paddlers now have an opportunity to attend a Beginner Flatwater Canoeing class that covers basic canoe skills and knowledge needed to enjoy the sport of tandem canoeing on flat water. ....More Details


image - Economic impact of Maricopa County’s open space park system Economic impact of Maricopa County’s open space park system 8/25/2015
(Maricopa County) – Have you ever wondered about the value and benefits your local park system brings to your community? Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department has, and as a result, conducted an economic impact analysis study to find out! ....More Details


image - Partnership Delays Plans for Hassayampa River Preserve Partnership Delays Plans for Hassayampa River Preserve 8/24/2015
PHOENIX – A plan to integrate The Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Preserve into the Vulture Mountain Recreation Area – first initiated in January of 2014 -- is moving forward. However, the transition is being delayed due to funding issues in the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department. ....More Details


image - Lake Pleasant to celebrate Fourth of July Lake Pleasant to celebrate Fourth of July 6/30/2015
(Morristown) – The Fourth of July is quickly approaching! Pack up the kids, neighbors and friends and make plans to witness one of the finest firework displays in the Valley at Lake Pleasant Regional Park on Friday, July 3rd! Better yet, make it a memorable day by adding activities such as boating, a refreshing dip in the lake or a picnic under a s ....More Details


image - Stretch, curl and press before you hike Stretch, curl and press before you hike 6/3/2015
The alarm goes off at 5 a.m., you grab your workout gear, and quickly head out the door. Should you hit the indoor gym for a round of stretching, curling and pressing or head to the great outdoors at Usery Mountain Regional Park for a quick run on the Merkle Trail? Why not hit one location and do both? ....More Details


image - Lake Pleasant Aquatic and Nature Summer Camp Lake Pleasant Aquatic and Nature Summer Camp 5/27/2015
(Peoria) - Are your boys tired of the same old summer camp experience? Why not try something new? The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department’s Desert Outdoor Center and the Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America invite your youth to come cool off at Lake Pleasant Aquatic & Nature Summer Camp, the only aquatic camp in town! ....More Details


image - Maricopa Trail Links to Usery Mountain Regional Park Maricopa Trail Links to Usery Mountain Regional Park 5/18/2015
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has announced the addition of a new segment to the eastern portion of the Maricopa Trail, a 310 mile trail system that encircles the county and will eventually link all 10 of the County‘s regional parks together. The mile-and-a-half of new trail links the Bulldog Canyon Area in the Tonto National ....More Details


image - County Parks set May 26 as start date for annual fire ban County Parks set May 26 as start date for annual fire ban 5/13/2015
(Phoenix) – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will initiate its annual fire ban on Tuesday, May 26. “Recent rain and cooler temperatures have enabled the Department to delay the implementation of the annual fire ban until after Memorial Day. This will provide park visitors the opportunity to enjoy campfires and cookouts over the h ....More Details


image - Estrella Mountain Regional Park reaches out to stakeholders Estrella Mountain Regional Park reaches out to stakeholders 4/21/2015
(Goodyear) The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, with assistance from the National Park Service’s River Trails and Conservation Area Program, has initiated an update to the 1988 Estrella Mountain Regional Park Master Plan. ....More Details


image - Estrella Mtn. Reg Park Seeks Input on Master Plan Update Estrella Mtn. Reg Park Seeks Input on Master Plan Update 3/25/2015
(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 ....More Details


image - STARGAZING: Jupiter, King Of The Planets STARGAZING: Jupiter, King Of The Planets 3/10/2015
(Peoria) – Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on March 21, 2015 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant as they bring the universe to you! ....More Details


image - Go Wild for Flowers! Go Wild for Flowers! 2/23/2015
(Maricopa County) – Ahhh…spring is in the air! Along with the warm temperatures comes the chance to view Mother Nature at her finest as she carpets the desert floor with an array of beautiful colors. ....More Details


image - Maricopa County Parks are telling residents to ‘Take A Hike! Maricopa County Parks are telling residents to ‘Take A Hike! 11/3/2014
(Maricopa County) – Have you ever wanted to tell someone to take a hike? Later this month, you’ll have a chance to do just that! ....More Details


image - County parks honor veterans with gesture of appreciation County parks honor veterans with gesture of appreciation 10/30/2014
(Maricopa County) – As a small token of appreciation for the freedoms afforded to all Americans, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will be honoring all veterans with Military Service Appreciation Day on Tuesday, November 11. ....More Details


image - County parks set to kick off fall season with challenge County parks set to kick off fall season with challenge 10/24/2014
(Maricopa County) Back by popular demand, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will roll out the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge on Saturday, November 1. ....More Details


image - Spend an evening under the stars Spend an evening under the stars 10/8/2014
(Peoria) – Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, October 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant as they bring the universe to you! ....More Details


image - Celebrating National Public Lands Day Celebrating National Public Lands Day 9/22/2014
(Maricopa County) National Public Lands Day, a nationwide celebration of public lands, is a day that brings awareness to open space and thanks the many people for their support and hard work, including volunteers, land agencies, and outdoor-minded businesses. ....More Details

 

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