Christopher Ford | Desert Arroyo Park

Desert Arroyo Park


As part of the City of Mesa’s growing park system, Desert Arroyo Park is a natural desert park located at the intersection of McKellips and Ellsworth road adjacent to Zaharis Elementary School. The park features five themed educational nodes that feature interpretive signage, nature themed play equipment, and shaded picnic areas. The park also features a desert explorer’s, discover loop, and botanical walk all designed to engage visitor’s by allowing them to experience the Sonoran Desert in all its glory. Due to its proximity to the Elementary school, the park makes use of unique and whimsical educational elements that students will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

I was given the opportunity to work on Desert Arroyo Park from the project’s 60% submittal to the project’s completion. During this eight month period I managed the construction document set, coordinated with consultants, created hardscape details, participated in design development, worked on planting design, and assisted in construction administration activities such as the review of shop drawings and completion of the substantial completion walkthrough.

Design and Photography Provided By: Ryan McClain –