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Public input shapes community open space

Post Date:07/21/2017 7:28 AM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer       
Office:  623-882-7053 

Public input shapes community open space


Council approves Wellspring Park conceptual plan


Goodyear, Ariz. (July 19, 2017) – This week, the City Council unanimously approved the conceptual plan for Wellspring Park, a 129-acre open space dedicated to promoting community wellness. Elicited through a series of public engagement meetings and an online survey, the ideas contained in the Wellspring Park Conceptual Master Plan are from residents, businesses and community leaders.

“What we heard overwhelmingly at the public idea sharing sessions was that people wanted a different kind of park,” said Nathan Torres, Parks and Recreation director for the city of Goodyear. “People want to see this be a sustainable space with a big vision that incorporates nature into wellness activities.”

Modeled after some of the nation’s most iconic public spaces, the vision for Wellspring Park is one that will expand community health while providing a seed for further development in the area, making it a regional destination in the heart of a growing city.

The design for the park is around the central theme of mind, body and soul with seven distinct geographic areas of the space dubbed ‘precincts’. The precincts each have a central theme to supports its development.

Precinct A: Spectacle

Precinct B: Discovery

Precinct C: Fitness

Focused on Engagement

Focused on Expanding

Focused on Activity




  • Conference Center
  • Fitness Activities
  • Water Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • Demonstration Gardens
  • Elevated Pier Style Walkway
  • Residential over Restaurants
  • Healthy Eating Education
  • Orchards and Riparian Landscape
  • Wellness Water Course
  • Fitness Oriented Businesses
  • Fitness Trail


Precinct D: Observance

Precinct E: Healing

Precinct F: Adventure

Precinct F: Immersion

Focused on Meditation

Focused on Therapies

Focused on Recreation

Focused on Water Play





  • Contemplation Gardens
  • Healing Garden
  • Playground
  • Swimming Area
  • Observation Areas
  • Observation Areas
  • Elevated Running Track
  • Fishing Spot
  • Calming Water Features
  • Rehabilitation Space
  • Informal Sports Fields
  • Riparian Forest
  • Gathering Spaces
  • Gathering Spaces
  • Riparian Area
  • Observation Point


Located along the north side of Interstate 10, between Dysart and Bullard roads, Wellspring Park is currently a flood control basin that was purchased for $233 from Maricopa County in 2016. The site is anchored by two West Valley hospitals. The award-winning public-private partnership is managed by a coalition of community partners including: Abrazo West Campus; Adelante Healthcare; the Arizona Department of Health Services; Arizona State University; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Crossfit Fury; John D. Kuhn Ventures; Maricopa County; and the city of Goodyear.

The future park is already capturing national attention, winning a top award from General Electric (GE) for its ability to bring together a wide variety of community stakeholders interested in improving public health and lowering health care costs. Next steps in the process to move Wellspring Park toward reality include: refining the plan; developing branding and marketing; creating a web presence for the park; engaging non-profit partners and maturing and implementing funding strategies.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the plan, visit, call 623-882-3190 or email


About Recreation in Goodyear
Goodyear’s Recreation Division is committed to offering programs and services that positively impact the quality of life and enhance a sense of community. Programs such as youth and adult sports, active adult activities, community special events, special interest classes, and facility rentals are coordinated by the Recreation Division.  To find new ways to get moving, enjoy the outdoors, find a park, and enjoy the day, visit the Registration page, subscribe to the newsletter and watch your Goodyear mailbox for the InFocus community magazine. @Goodyearparksandrec

About Goodyear
As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the city of Goodyear is poised to rapidly add to the current population of 78,189. Set in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, the city encompasses 191 square miles that is only 10% built out. Home to a strong, educated and skilled workforce, Goodyear is well-positioned for growth. Featuring an ideal location, major transportation corridors – Interstate 10 and State Route 303 – reliable infrastructure, abundant land and a low cost of living, Goodyear has already attracted many major employers including Amazon, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Subzero and the Michael Lewis Company. As the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, fans from across the country flock to catch the exciting action at Goodyear Ballpark. A thriving healthcare corridor, anchored by Abrazo West Hospital and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, serves not only the community but the entire region. Supported by a strong median household income of $69,078 and a median age of 36.7 years, the diverse retail, dining and recreation options offer residents choices to enjoy and support the local community. According to the most recent satisfaction survey, 93% of residents rate Goodyear as a good/excellent place to live.