|Paseo Vista Recreation Area|
Built atop the former City Landfill
The Paseo Vista Recreation Area includes an archery range, disc golf course, dog park, playground, picnic areas and more than a mile of walking trails.
3850 S. McQueen Rd.
Northwest Corner of McQueen Rd. and Ocotillo Rd.
For nearly 30 years it was a working landfill, a large man-made dirt mound with sloping sides rising above the streets and nearby houses. Then the people of Chandler made the investment to give this place a new purpose. Today, the slopes still dominate the landscape but they are covered with boulders encased in wire to help control erosion, decomposed granite, wildflowers and other plants.
Most of the amenities are not visible from the streets below. But Chandler residents who make the worthwhile walk, ride or drive to the top of the hill will be able to appreciate and enjoy the Paseo Vista Recreation Area for many years to come.
Vehicle access is off McQueen Rd., 1/4-mile north of Ocotillo Rd., and there are more than 330 parking spaces. Direct access is also available to bicyclists, joggers and others via the adjacent Paseo Trail along the Consolidated Canal.
PASEO VISTA AMENITIES
- Dog Park
One of four Dog Parks in Chandler.
- Archery Range
Archery classes are offered through the Chandler Recreation Division and listed in the Break Time Recreation Guide. Open: sun up to sun down, seven days a week. Maintenance Closure: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 a.m.
The children’s play area includes swings, slides, climbing rocks, a large spherical jungle gym made of cables, and an educational “trash wall.”
- Great Views!
The prominent 40-foot-high lookout point is accessible by a curving walking path and provides spectacular 360-degree views of the East Valley.
The project was funded through the sale of General Obligation Bonds approved by Chandler voters in May 2004.
The landfill was closed to the public in October 2005. After several more months of work to cap the site according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards – with more than 300,000 cubic yards of clay and soil – the Municipal Utilities Department turned the land over to the Parks Division for further development. Nearly 200,000 additional tons of dirt were hauled to the site to increase the soil depth throughout the area for a variety of landscaping and aesthetic needs.<