The purpose of the Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan is to offer strategies and operational policies that provide guidance in order to meet the needs of current and future City of Goodyear residents. The plan was developed through a highly interactive process involving public forums, stakeholder meetings, surveys, site evaluations, benchmarks to like communities and meetings with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission as well as the General Plan Committee.
A consistent theme throughout the development of this plan has been the City’s commitment to a quality parks and recreation system that delivers high-quality parks, trails and recreation programs, facilities and events for all residents, while contributing to the economic well-being of the City. To meet this commitment to its residents, this plan is organized around the following themes:
• Providing high-quality parks and recreational facilities
• Trails that connect the community and connect the community to open space
• Promoting community health through recreation programs
• Fee philosophy
• Sustainable maintenance practices
• Administration “right-sized” for now and the future
• Partnerships and options for funding.
The Parks & Recreation Department enhances the quality of life and fosters a sense of community for residents through its parks, programs, signature community events and services. The Department operates and maintains 327 acres of public parks, greenbelts and special use areas while providing year-round recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities. Working with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, the department strives to provide safe parks, promote, active lifestyles through diverse programs and produce community events that bring the community together. The Department also operates the Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex which hosts Major League Spring Training as we as an array of public/private events year-round. The Department also provides Library Services through an agreement with Maricopa County.