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Gilbert Breaks Ground on 272-Acre Regional Park

Gilbert Regional Park phase 1
Town of Gilbert
Phase One of the Gilbert Regional park will include pickleball and tennis courts, a playground, splash pad, a restroom and parking.

The town of Gilbert broke ground on a 272-acre regional park Tuesday.

“The size and scope of this is unlike anything you’ll see in the East Valley,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels, of the park planned near Queen Creek and Higley Roads.

The first phase of the project covers 30 acres and includes pickle ball and tennis courts, a splash pad and playground.

The park includes land owned by Gilbert and the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

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The price tag for the whole project is estimated to be more than $100 million. The $16.9 million for phase one will come mostly from development fees.

The park is on track to be open to the public by the end of 2019.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.