It’s almost time to play ball in Queen Creek’s newest parks.
The town Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee approved a new work program for the coming fiscal year and gave updates on the newest park projects at its June 14 meeting.
The committee said as the town continues to grow, so too must the recreation facilities for residents. The work program lays out six priorities for the committee and was the only action the committee voted on.
The first two priorities include to “assist Town staff with review, feedback and input of design concepts” Frontier Family Park, Recreation & Aquatic Center and Mansel Carter Oasis Park.
The biggest discussion took place over the sports partnerships and field allocations with the residents taking priority as primary users.
“The opening of Frontier Family Park will increase the Town’s sport field inventory by nearly double,” according to town documents.
This creates the potential for new partnerships, but members of the committee wanted strike a balance between reserving space for both competitive and recreational sports.
This would ensure that residents can still have access to parks facilities without losing possible revenue from competitive youth programs such Little League.
Currently, Frontier Family Park, at the southwest corner of Ryan and Signal Butte Road, is set for completion in late 2023 and will offer six full-size baseball/softball fields with 315-foot distance to outfield fences.
It also will have three multi-purpose fields for soccer and/or football and 24 pickleball courts, according to the town’s website.
Town plans also lay out the potential for basketball courts, volleyball courts, fishing lake, walking track around the entire park and a large playground similar to the one in Mansel Park.
The committee heard a presentation on possible design elements for the recreation center and aquatic center.
The presentations from the architect said the design aspect puts them on a “fairly expedited timeframe” to get the project built and open and that begins with getting it approved by Town Council.
The recreation center could potentially have basketball/volleyball/pickleball/multi-use indoor courts, fitness floor with general fitness equipment, group fitness rooms, large conference/event room, multi-use classrooms, teen room, and child care room.
It will share the customer service desk, locker room and restrooms with the aquatics center, which could have a competition/lap pool, zero depth entry play pool for little children, a lazy river, slides and space for birthday parties.
Both facilities have a completion date of summer 2024, according to the town.
All the design elements in the presentation were simply suggestions that have not finalized and details on the town website could change.
Other priorities in the work program included a concession stand and food vendor use policy.
It stated that the committee is “to provide guidance in the development and finalization of policies for the use” of concession stands.
It also stated the possibility of food vendors and outside concession used for partnership fundraising efforts and general scheduling to provide an added convenience for town park attendees, according to town documents.
Overall, the priorities of the work program still must go to Town Council for final approval but it outlines the need for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to make necessary changes to accommodate the potential increase in park usage.