Grown by the community
Chandler is home to a multitude of beautiful parks, none of which would be here if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the community. This is well demonstrated by Tumbleweed Park, which holds the title of the city’s largest park. Claud Cluff, the park maintenance supervisor, explains how the park was grown by the committed and caring members of Chandler.
Contributions by the city
In the 1990’s, the city of Chandler bought 160 acres of land to build the park. Cluff, who has been a part of Tumbleweed Park since its beginning, was involved in its early development and was in charge of the plant selection. He explains that the park began with a tennis center and expanded to include three football and soccer fields, a recreation center, 15 ramadas, and a large playground. The tennis center, although the park’s oldest asset, features 15 newly renovated courts that residents and guests can enjoy. The community’s youth has fun on the fields through football and soccer programs, while adults can team up for the flag-football league. The recreation center holds a fitness center and various classes for any age. Guests can rent a ramada for their next birthday party, work event, or family barbecue. The playground, titled “Playtopia,” sprawls over three acres and is enjoyed by children from all over. Tumbleweed Park has fun for the whole family to enjoy together including the annual Chandler Ostrich Festival, as well as the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. The city has expanded Tumbleweed Park so that it now covers 205 acres, with over 100 acres developed and plans to build more.
Service from students
The park is also home to a community garden made possible by the Future Farmers of America, a student organization at Chandler High School. Cluff explains that when the park was no longer able to devote the time and resources necessary for the garden, the students stepped in and are now responsible for tending the seven acre garden. The club grows and sells produce to send their students to leadership conferences and generously donates a portion of the food to food banks.
A cultural experience
If visitors want a cultural learning experience on their next visit to Tumbleweed Park, they have the option of visiting not just one, but two museums. This spacious park holds both the Arizona Railway Museum and the Chandler Museum’s Tumbleweed Ranch. The Arizona Railway Museum allows visitors to tour a variety of full-size train cars, from engines to passenger and freight cars, as well as cranes. If guests are interested in learning about Chandler’s rich farming history, Tumbleweed Ranch will allow them to live it by exploring two historic houses and the ranch itself. The Chandler Museum also hosts the park’s Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in November, one of Cluff’s favorite events.
Make your own memories at Tumbleweed Park
If you want to experience all this fun yourself or join the community in helping Tumbleweed Park grow, you can visit the park at 2250 S. McQueen Rd. For more information, visit ChandlerAZ.gov.