The Town of Gilbert features over 600 acres of open space, 37 park ramadas, and two riparian areas.
This means there are plenty of places to enjoy a delicious picnic, and highlights include:
DISCOVERY DISTRICT PARK
Established in 2016, Discovery District Park was named after the discovery of Columbian mammoth fossils found near the site during construction. The town had a naming contest, and the mammoth is now known as Tuskers. At 48 acres, visitors can spread a picnic blanket or use one of the ramadas with barbecue grills. The park also offers an array of activities including basketball, sand volleyball, and fishing in two stocked lakes.
RIPARIAN PRESERVE AT WATER RANCH
Enjoy your picnic surrounded by wildlife. The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch supports various habitats for both animals and native plant species. It draws thousands of visitors every year and strives to promote awareness and appreciation of Arizona's ecology and natural history. The reserve is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and features reservable ramadas both with and without power. After your meal, explore the hiking trails or learn about the stars at the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory.
At McQueen Park, three of the ramadas were named by students at Playa del Ray. They offer stunning lakeside views and are called Mallard Landing, Heron Haven, and Eagles Nest. All feature three tables and one grill. The first phase of the park opened in 1997, and residents celebrated the grand opening of the final phase seven years later. In addition to picnicking, visitors can also enjoy an array of recreational activities. Highlights include tennis, baseball, and horseshoes.
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