Chaparral Park in Scottsdale

Chaparral Park in Scottsdale is a beautiful strip between Chaparral and McDonald Roads, and features a lake, the Scottsdale Greenbelt, and a dog park. The most unique feature is the playground the city revealed in 2018. This is the first playground in Arizona designated as a National Demonstration site for accessibility practices. It’s a great spot for walking, picnics and sports.


This is a wheelchair friendly playground! The poured in place rubber surfacing, ramp lead up to the playground, and there are pathways throughout the park. There are no stairs in site! There are two inclusive swings making them the safest way for kids with special needs to swing. There is one 2 person swing, two toddler swings and two swings total. The side by side slide is built so the caregiver can slide next to a child. There are games, a hidden table under the playground, sound equipment designed for kids with special hearing needs, monkey bars, drum set, a spinning wheel and a spinning swing make this a unique spot. I can’t even name all of the climbing structures!

photo by Jana Tingom

photo by Jana Tingom


There are three reservable ramadas and one drop in ramada. There are picnic benches and tables throughout the park. It is great to bring a blanket and have a picnic by the lake and watch the ducks.

Dog Park

Don’t forget your four legged friends. The 3 acre dog park includes play areas and water fountains for man’s best friend. More info here.

photo by Jana Tingom

photo by Chris Tingom

photo by Chris Tingom


This 100 acre park that features a large playground, greenbelt multi-use path, Community Center, Pool, dog park, fishing and boating lake, fishing pier, six lighted baseball fields, two sand volleyball courts, two half basketball courts, three reservable ramadas, one drop in ramada, 10 station exercise course and restrooms. The park is amenities are first come first serve. If you are planning on having a catered event, inflatables or any specialty item they ask that you call the facility in advance to verify the company’s insurance information.

Getting There

Chaparral Park in Scottsdale runs from Chaparral to McDonald Roads, so you may want to take a look at where you want to park. We tend to park by the fishing pier to check out ducks on the way to the playground. There is a parking south near the lake, multiple parking lots in the middle near the playgrounds and fields, more parking along Hayden as well as parking all the way to the dog park.

Chaparral Park
5401 N. Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Scottsdale is full of things to do with kids! Check out our master list with outdoor and indoor destinations.

Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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