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Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza a hidden gem

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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 5:00 pm

The park at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is one of the Valley’s best gems that is hidden in plain sight. Unless you’ve been to SMoCA during the day, or attended an event like Sunday A’fair you may not have an idea of just how big, green, and shady this space is.

The well manicured 21¼-acres of lush lawn frames shaded fountains, an herb garden, public art including the famous LOVE sculpture, and even a lagoon with swans. The park runs eastward from Brown Avenue to 75th Street and southward from 1st Avenue to 2nd Street. Surrounding the space is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as well as some of my favorite local restaurants like Orange Table, The Mission, and AZ88.

As the weather begins to change, it seems just a few degrees cooler laying on the cool grass on a blanket under a canopy of trees. As temperatures permit, the park at the Scottsdale Civic Plaza is one of my favorite places to picnic either impromptu during the week, or to whittle away a weekend. The park is dog-friendly and large enough that kids can run without disturbing other park goers. Best of all, the space is host to some fantastic events including food, live music, art and community much of the year.

For a full list of events, restaurants, clubs, shops, and museums visit Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website:

• Follow Lily at, a blog published by Beth Hickey and Brandi Walsh, where you’ll find the best local restaurants, shopping, events and things to do.

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