Get outdoors in Gilbert

Gilbert is consistently named one of the fastest growing and most family-friendly cities in Arizona and often in the entire country. As Gilbert residents can attest, there are many reasons for this: affordable housing options, excellent schools, and an abundance of activities for all members of the family.

This great city is also home to a diverse array of outdoor spaces, from an animal preserve to a spacious family park and more. Check out our favorites below:

Freestone Park

This 88-acre park is one of the most diverse outdoor play areas in the entire East Valley. Featuring two lake areas stocked for fishing, four lighted adult softball fields, four lighted full basketball courts, and two lighted sand volleyball courts, this park is made for sports enthusiasts. Located off of Lindsay Rd between Elliot and Guadalupe, it’s also ideal for throwing family parties or spending a leisurely day in the sun, and is home to an amphitheater and plenty of reservable ramadas and picnic areas with grills.

There are plenty of chances for all age groups to come out and play, though including at the Skate Park and batting cages. But perhaps our favorite feature of all is the Freestone Railroad, with a miniature railroad, Ferris wheel, and antique carousel!

Freestone Park Carousel

Antique carousel at Freestone Park. Photo courtesy

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

If you’re a passionate bird watcher, this is the place for you in Gilbert. Much like the Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, the Riparian Preserve’s first and foremost goal is education. They seek to provide a much-needed habitat for wildlife, where local Gilbert residents can also visit to observe wildlife and learn about why it’s so important to protect Gilbert’s natural resources.

Located at Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads, the park has seven ponds to enjoy quiet walks around, and several hiking trails for those looking to get in some outdoor exercise. The Preserve also boasts an observatory and an amazing, interactive dinosaur bone-dig site for kids.

Aerial view of Gilbert Riparian Preserve

Aerial view of Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Photo courtesy

Crossroads Park

Located off of the Santan Village Pkwy directly north of Ray Rd, this wide open 92-acre park features a nearly four-acre lake, shaded playground, and an amphitheater. It’s another of the city’s sports-friendly parks, too with two lighted multi-use fields, one lighted half basketball court, and three lighted soccer fields.

What makes it unique is that it also plays home to AZ ICE, Gilbert’s ice skating hub that hosts birthday parties, public skating times, adult and youth hockey, and skating lessons. We recommend it to cool down in the hot summer months, and enjoy a snack at their Park Market after you work up an appetite.

Crossroads Park playground

Playground at Crossroads Park. Photo courtesy

Cosmo Dog Park

If Fido is getting antsy indoors, look no further than Cosmo Dog Park at Ray Rd and the Santan 202 freeway. This is the perfect place to socialize your four-legged family members and let them get some play time in, and it even includes separate use areas for more active versus timid dogs. More than just an outdoor play area, the park features pet drinking fountains, two dog washing stations, “Mutt-Mitt” waste disposal stations, and a lake to enjoy a walk.

It also includes multi-use and equestrian trails, encouraging outdoor use for pets and their humans alike.

Dog enjoying the lake

Dogs enjoying the lake at Cosmo Dog Park. Photo courtesy Yelp.


Even more amazing outdoor spaces are on the way for Gilbert residents, and we recommend staying tuned to the Gilbert Parks Department’s news feed for more on what’s to come. We’re particularly looking forward to the newest regional park near Queen Creek and Higley Roads, with completion of phase one set for June 2018!


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