The City of Peoria scheduled a special ground breaking ceremony for the start of construction on Pioneer Community Park 8 a.m. June 14 on the corner of 83rd Avenue and Butler Drive.
The new park will be constructed on an 80-acre site lalong 83rd Avenue, south of Olive Avenue at a cost of approximately $20 million with a completion date in the fall 2013.
There will be six new lighted dual-use baseball/softball fields with shaded spectator seating and four lighted soccer fields, all capable of accommodating tournament play to help generate revenue needed to fund the park’s operating costs. A five-acre urban fishing lake with catch and keep fishing will be supplied by reclaimed water from the adjacent Butler Water Treatment facility. The lake is part of the urban fishing program managed by Arizona Fish and Game Division who will be stocking the lake. In addition, the lake will serve as the reservoir for the park’s daily landscape irrigation needs.
Other amenities include a large ramada area, dispersed small ramadas, two children’s playground areas, and a shaded splash pad. Concrete walk paths, a multi-cell dog park, and large turf areas for informal recreation will all be illuminated for evening use. Parking will be dispersed throughout the park for efficient ingress, egress, and access to the park amenities. The former Robertson residence parcel located near Olive will be the new home to a rose garden/event space that will feature Old-Town-themed vine-covered trellis structures, lighting, and a brick paved plaza.
Pioneer Community Park is the sixth Peoria park or trail to either begin construction or be completed since August 2011. Palo Verde Park was completed in August 2011. Peoria’s New River Trail had an additional 3.5 miles of bike trails added in September 2011. Westland Park was completed in November and Osuna Park in Old Town Peoria was dedicated in December 2011. Centennial Plaza on the City Hall campus was completed for the city’s recognition of the state’s Centennial festivities Feb. 4. Scotland Yard Park construction was started in late 2010 and is expected to be completed this summer.
Haydon Building Corporation was awarded the contract to construct Pioneer Community Park in 2008. EPG Environmental Planning Group will design the extensive landscaping for the park.