Thunderbird Park in Scottsdale is great for a variety of activities. Whether it’s entertaining young kids on the playground while older kids play sports, or setting up a random flag football game, this is a fun spot.
My three-year-olds named this wood chip playground “The Tower” after they discovered there was a telescope they could look out through at the top of the climbing structure. Add in the double curly Q slides where they could race down (butt versus stomach of course) they were in heaven.
There are three slides, monkey bars, climbing rope, balance beam, drums, steering wheel, rock wall, stairs, a picnic table for two hidden underneath the structure, and of course a telescope to look out on top. While there is one umbrella on top of the structure, there is minimal shade.
There are benches surrounding the playground making it a great spot to keep an eye on kids or drop off your belongings, although there is not a lot of shade.
Thunderbird Park in Scottsdale is a 10-acre park featuring a playground, three reservable baseball fields, three reservable soccer fields, two lighted tennis courts, a full lighted basketball court, a lighted sand volleyball court, and a restroom. 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.
While there are no ramadas at this park, there are a couple of picnic tables that are first come first serve.
The map above is the map of the park as it appears on the website as of January 2021. The map below is where the new playground is, see the blue square. The red line shows the line where the property turns into the school. Per the city “The playground on the north side of the property is actually on Scottsdale Unified School District property, not City of Scottsdale property. The fields are on school grounds as well. Since we program the use of the fields we include them in our park map for this site but the actual boundaries to the park are the areas from the sports courts to Thunderbird Road.”
It’s also good to note this park is directly on Thunderbird with no fence or barrier between the park and the street, so keep an eye on those kids who like to take off running!
Just north of Thunderbird on 92nd St, there is a parking lot by the tennis and basketball courts with lots of parking spots.
9170 E. Thunderbird Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260