On April 6, Buckeye’s Community Services Department, Willmeng Construction and J2 Engineering & Environmental Design broke ground on a 38-acre expansion at Sundance Park. The park’s expansion will feature a fishing lake with pavilion, splash pad, lighted basketball courts and multi-use sports fields, and additional playgrounds, ramadas and restrooms.
Water used for the splash pad will drain into the fishing lake, and then used to irrigate the turf fields.
“These new amenities are a direct result of input from Buckeye residents during the public meeting process in 2017 and 2018,” said Mayor Orsborn. “I can’t wait to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony when the project is completed in about a year.”
“Willmeng is honored to be a part of this significant project for the City of Buckeye that will further the City’s vision of providing quality recreational space in which residents can gather and connect,” said James Murphy, Willmeng CEO. “The amenities we will be constructing and the vital infrastructure needed will provide the residents of Buckeye outstanding recreational opportunities for generations to come. Congratulations to the Mayor, City Council, and all of the City staff for having the vision needed to bring more recreational space to Buckeye.”
The existing park opened in 2012 when Buckeye’s population was approximately 55,000. Today, the city’s population is nearly double the amount of residents.
“Sundance Park helps our residents make lasting memories,” said Community Services Director Miranda Gomez. “This expansion also meets the goal of providing additional recreation space in one of the fastest growing areas of the city.”
Funding for the project comes from several sources, including a $3 million grant from the Land and Conservation Fund, administered through Arizona State Parks and Trails. Other funds come from impact fees paid by developers.
Watch a video of the groundbreaking event.
Sundance Park is located at 22865 W. Lower Buckeye. To learn more about all of Buckeye’s parks and facilities, please visit buckeyeaz.gov/parks