The first president of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board, William Hartranft, modeled the city's Encanto Park after San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. In so doing, Hartranft channeled the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted, an American landscape…

William Hartranft founded Encanto Park in 1934, seeking to create a park for Phoenix that was like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park or San Diego’s Balboa Park. Hartranft’s inspiration tells us how Americans living in the 1920s imagined what a park…

It all began with two men: a master architect and a university president leading a small school toward becoming a major university. Gammage Auditorium resulted from the collaboration--becoming a symbol for ASU and Tempe, and emerging as…

Maple Ash began its construction in the early 1900’ s and is considered one of the oldest existing historic neighborhoods in Tempe. Its’ borders extend from the south side of University Drive to the north side of Hayden Lane and from the west side…

People usually think of homogenous suburbs when they think of Phoenix; however, the Maple-Ash neighborhood located just west of Mill Avenue is unique. Why? Flood irrigation. Flood irrigation is the process through which water is delivered to a…