Why a new park has Scottsdale residents concerned

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Great Hearts Academy in working with the City of Scottsdale to help develop a public park.

By Joshua Bowling | The Republic

DC Ranch gave the park land to Scottsdale in 2003. Now, Great Hearts Academies is offering $4.5 million to build athletics facilities on the property.

Scottsdale residents could gain a new public park in DC Ranch — but it comes with a catch.

The Great Hearts Academy charter school organization would have first dibs in scheduling events for Scottsdale Preparatory Academy’s sports teams at the park.

The piece of land, off 91st Street and Trailside View, was deeded as a public park in 2003, when the DC Ranch community developer DMB donated it to the city. However, Scottsdale never had adequate resources to finance the park after bond funds dwindled.


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