Mom and dad had a late night on Friday. Apparently, they helped the Phoenix Suns win a basketball game by high-fiving them as they entered the court. Well done! I knew mom would want to sleep in, so I wasn’t expecting an adventure, but as usual, she surprised me. After a yummy, leisurely breakfast, we hopped in the car and headed toward Scottsdale. We weren’t going the back roads we typically use for hiking but took the 101 freeway east from Anthem until we came to the McDonald exit where we headed east. We continued on E. McDonald Drive until we came to E Jackrabbit Road. Follow the signs for the park.
Note: The address is 5401 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale. Chaparral Park is long and narrow and hosts baseball & soccer fields, community & aquatic center, sand volleyball courts, jungle gyms for kids, lakes, and a dog park. Depending upon what you want to do, you will want to park in different areas. If you want to take your pup to the doggy park, then stay at the McDonald side. If, like us, you want to walk around the lake, you will park on the Chaparral Road side.
The park has lots of free parking and human restrooms. I was totally excited to explore a new place and saw tons of my kind out and about. As we began our walk, I noticed people on bicycles and folks fishing. This park has space for all sorts of activities like frisbee or picnics, so whatever you are seeking, you will find it here.
The grass is brown and dead because of winter. I guess they don’t plant the winter rye grass like Anthem Park. No worries; I can still do my grass dance. Woof! Mom said this park would “pop” at spring and be beautiful. A lot of ducks were sunning themselves and catching rays. We didn’t see anyone with fish, but the lake has trout, catfish, and bass. Oh, how I would like to see a catfish! A fish that meows? That would be a sight to see!
Oh well, I was on the move. I met some really nice folks along the way who petted and adored me. The temps were in the high 60s, so it was just perfect for our stroll. We went from the one end around the fields but did not continue on up to the dog park. Our loop was probably 1 ½ miles. If you were to do the entire park, I bet it would be 2 to 2 ½ miles. It’s all paved and flat. If you were on a bicycle, you would have a dedicated path all the way to downtown Tempe. Kind of cool!
The one thing I noticed was how loud the traffic is because we don’t have that at Anthem Park. The busy road never stops at Chaparral Park. Mom said this park is smack, dab in the middle of town, so that is to be expected. Since it is a drive for us, we probably won’t be back, but we are glad we came to see a new place. I owe it to my faithful fans to provide possible adventures. So, keep following me as you never know where I’ll go next!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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