Mesa's Pioneer Park closed for upgrades: 7 changes coming to the park before Christmas

MESA, AZ - Mesa's Pioneer Park will be closed for the next several months while it undergoes renovations.

The park plans to reopen by Thanksgiving and in time for the city's annual Merry Main Street festivities.

According to a Tuesday news release, the upgrades are being funded by a bond that was passed in 2012.

Here is a look at the upgrades coming to Pioneer Park. Scroll down to view artist renderings of the projects.

  • A new water feature - the splash pad will include 20 ground-level spray jets and a 16-feet tall water wall that will create different patterns through the water.
  • A new play structure - the structure is divided into three different zones for different age groups. The structure will have slides, bridges, netted swings, and climbers designed after trees. Each climber is between 24 and 33 feet tall.
  • Restrooms will be remodeled and updated to meet ADA requirements
  • the two basketball courts will be moved to the northeast corner of the park where the playground current is.
  • landscaping will be updated
  • expanded Wi-Fi coverage
  • updated furnishings and lighting throughout the park

The Southern Pacific Engine will also undergo restoration efforts. That project is being funded by private donations, said Kevin Christopher, spokesman for City of Mesa parks, recreation and community facilities. It is expected to take a year to complete.

A part of the park will reopen in September for the Feastival Forest to resume.

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