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Escalante Park in Tempe

Escalante Park in Tempe has a playground and is a fun, sandy place to play, plus a community center nearby.

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Escalante Park in Tempe has a playground and is a fun, sandy place to play, plus a community center nearby. 

This playground is wheelchair accessible from the east side by a ramp. There are slides, stairs, a rock wall, and a fun climbing net. Swings, cars, and excavators, oh my! I had to convince my kids to come in the shade and cool off because I couldn’t get them off the excavators.  The sandy playground in the large park has no shade, so bring your sun hat, sunscreen, and drink water.





The reason for our stop at this park was to read the latest StoryWalk.

Escalante Park in Tempe includes a baseball diamond, basketball court, football field, softball fields, sand volleyball court, grills, picnic tables, sand playground, and the community center.

Escalante Community Center

The community center offers a wide range of programs for everyone.

Early Childhood Programs

The early childhood education and preschool program offer a variety of organized educational activities for children ages 3-5. An emphasis is placed on the development of social, motor, and cognitive skills in a fun, safe and educational setting. Escalante also offers toddler music, art, and movement classes.

Youth Programs

Escalante offers a free after-school program for Kindergartners as well as one for youth 6 years of age through 5th grade.  We also offer a youth soccer program throughout the year and a youth basketball program during the Summer.  For more information about these programs click here. 

Teen Program

Escalante’s Teen Program is offered throughout the year.  During the Summer the Teen Program has a designated Teen Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The Teen Program offers teens the opportunity to participate in Teen Leadership, play in a Teen only Summer Basketball league, go on Teen only trips, and socialize with their peers in a safe environment.  For more information about Teen Programs please click here. 

Above two photos courtesy of Ruth Thiem

Adult Programs

Escalante adult programs consist of a Women’s Basketball league that runs each season, an adult fitness boot camp, and open gym basketball, volleyball, and pickle ball.  For more information about each program click here. 

Kamp Kool

Kamp Kool is Escalante’s Summer Camp program.  The Summer Camp program is an 8-week program.  For more information about Kamp Kool please click here. 

Youth Membership (6 years old to 5th grade):
Membership is free and gives members access to the youth gym, game room, and computer room. 
Teen Membership (6th grade to Senior in High School): Membership is free and gives members access to the teen gym and teen room.  
Adult and fitness memberships are available too.

Getting There

Escalante Multi-Generational Center

2150 E. Orange Street

Tempe, AZ 85281


  • Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

    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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