Scottsdale residents raise questions about city park plan

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By Melissa Rosequist | YourValley

A site plan for a new neighbor park has been continued to a future Scottsdale Planning Commission meeting, with commissioners citing several questions that remain.

On Aug. 10, the Scottsdale Planning Commission voted 4-3 to continue the request for Ashler Hills Park Municipal Use Master Site Plan. The proposed 15-acre park has yielded several comments from residents of the adjacent neighborhood, Las Piedras.

Ashler Hills Park, located in north Scottsdale near Ashler Hills Drive and 74th Way, was voter-approved in the 2019 bond package. The most recent plans for the park show a 15-acre site that is to include pickleball courts, an area for dogs, a playground for young children, picnic area, a basketball court, a walking path and 70 parking spaces.

The layout of the park features most of the activity areas on the southern side of the park, opposite from the neighborhood. And while the city defines neighborhood parks as typically being between 2-10 acres, officials say that because the developed area will be approximately 3-4 acres, with the remaining acreage left as desert landscape, it aligns with other Scottsdale neighborhood parks.

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