Flatiron Community Park is at the heart of Apache Junction’s downtown redevelopment. This park is the result of a collaborative community effort. Throughout the design phases, multiple public meetings were held to generate ideas galvanize community support. The park is linked to the community via shaded sidewalks and serves as a respite hub, with desert mountain inspired water harvesting shade structures. Within the park are seating, contemplative spaces, interactive water feature, restroom, and multi-function lawn, which are connected with a wide “loop”. The path functions as stage, food truck, arts festival and other set up areas. Future phases will include shade ramadas, seating, interpretive signs, garden elements, walks/trails and the landmark “Gateway to the Superstitions” monument spanning the Apache Trail roadway. The park layout is flexible enough to hold concerts, movies in the park, group yoga, parade staging, festivals, and more. The setting takes full advantage of the surrounding native upper Sonoran desert mountain views, especially the park’s namesake, the Superstition Mountains Flatiron formation prominently seen from the park. The park aesthetic is derived from an interplay of native desert plants to verdant green lawn accented with desert-inspired architectural elements.
Apache Junction, Arizona