I visited Kiwanis Park in early morning on a July day when the temp would top out at 113F. As always, the park offered greenery and blue lake water in sharp morning light, and there was generous shade. This park has rolling hills and provides elevation for walkers and joggers in a city where we don't have many hills. The manmade lake is stocked for those wishing to take part in the Urban Fishing Program, and ducks make their home here. Picnic ramadas with tables and bbq grills are sprinkled throughout the park and available by reseravation. On weekends, Kiwanis is packed with people having parties, work get-togethers and family reunions. There's also room for tossing frisbies, and playground equipment and sports facilities are available closer to the Kiwanis Park Recreation Center at the south end of the park. Kiwanis is a joy to have in south Tempe! The parking lot is small, so best to get there early or go during the week. On weekends the streets along the park are lined with cars. Despite the parking crunch, everyone always seems to be having a good time at Kiwanis Park. Driving by it is a pleasure at any time of the day and year, especially for a winter or shoulder-season sunset or for views of the park lit up by sunbeams filtering through clouds. In summer it's just as welcoming in early morning or at sunset, but plan on sticking in the shade if you visit in the middle of the day. This park will make you vow to get out in nature more often.
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