Sweetwater Park to get Complete Upgrades from Peoria

PEORIA, Ariz. – Sweetwater Park is getting a complete renovation beginning by early May thanks to leftover funds from another Peoria project.

The Peoria City Council voted to approve of transferring $150,601 from the Retention Basin Improvement project, to the Parks and Recreation Facility Refurbishment project, in front of an audience of 28 people March 19.

The renovations were already partially funded as a part of Peoria’s Capital Improvement Program, a 10-year plan that addresses present and future infrastructure needs. However, a separate project to enhance a water retention basin on 109thAve. and Adams came in $150,601 under budget, allowing the Sweetwater project’s project to increase from $330,000 to $480,601.

With the added funding, renovations will include new shade structures, landscaping, light poles, park benches, tennis court fencing and LED lights, according to the city project proposal. The Ramada, tennis courts and restroom building will also be refurbished.

“I think kids are going to be a lot more eager to use the park when it’s got a little bit of a fresher look to it,” Councilman Michael Finn Said.

Councilman Finn said that the parks are ranked by which ones need renovations the most, and that Sweetwater was one of the next on the list.

Another portion of the renovations’ budget will go to a $190,000 inclusive playground, which will be more accessible to people with disabilities.

“Our goal is to provide a recreational amenity for children of all abilities, and with the improvements we will be able to provide better accessibility with pathways and routes to accessible features,” Peoria Parks Manager Jake Eason said during a council meeting.

Eason said that the biggest benefits these upgrades will bring are the impact it has for the children, and that the park is a place for the community to meet.

Seven parks in Peoria have already undergone extensive renovations, and six have constructed inclusive playgrounds. Sweetwater will continue these patterns, along with Rio Vista Park, off the Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road.

“We want to make sure that we’re designing our play spaces to accommodate the needs of the community, and that by doing this it’s one focal point of the playground,” Parks and Recreation and Community Facilities Director John Sefton Jr. said.

The council also voted to approve $80,000 to fund the design process for Rio Vista Park’s inclusive elements, during the March 19 council meeting.

Construction is estimated to take at most six weeks, and begin either at the end of April or early May. The new playground is expected to take about two weeks.