At the heart of this award winning community is a five-acre park and community center with a swimming pool, spa, basketball court, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and the very popular splash fountain. Miles of improved trails connect neighborhoods to each other and to the Scottsdale Public Library (Arabian Library), Citizen Service Center, elementary/middle school and the recreation center. Convienient to downtown Scottsdale (20 minutes) and central Phoenix (35 minutes).
McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center is a 35-acre park that has a skatepark, 4 soccer fields, 2 ball fields, and restroom; some fields have lights. This facility offers swimming to the general public, high schools teams, competitive teams, water exercise, recreational teams, swim lessons, aerobics classes, and fitness classes.
The aquatic facility has an 8-lanes (25 yards) lap pool, a dive well with 4 diving boards (two, 1-meter and two, 3-meter), 1 large tube water slide, 600-foot lazy river, beach-like zero-depth entry into a large play pool with water play features, and an interactive spray pad. There are several grassy sections with multiple shaded areas, veranda seating with a view of the pool area, party island with seating at the lazy river, and a Public Art Component.
The fitness center has machine weights, dumbbells, and cardiovascular machines. A variety of fitness, aerobic and leisure education classes as well as nutritional and wellness classes are also offered. The City of Scottsdale operates the McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center.