I've lived in Peoria for nine years now (after having spent most of my life in Arcadia), and although I've been to Saguaro Ranch Park before, I didn't realize just how historic it is. This park, located on the west side of 59th Ave just south of Peoria, has a rich history of over 100 years, coinciding with the construction of the initial stretch of the CAP canal!
The City of Glendale has done a great job of restoring many of the buildings to their original and working condition, and does a good job of keeping the park true to its original "farm & ranch" roots. Mixed in with the play areas, picnic tables, barbeques, and soccer fields are live orchards and farm birds – we saw peacocks, chickens, and roosters (which cockadoodle-dooed at us all morning!)
One big difference between when the park was established & now is our food supply, and how much we've all become city slickers. On the way to the park I told my boys we were going to a park that had chickens. My three-year-old's eyes lit up, then he said "I hope they have chicken nuggets!"
Click here to learn more about this park & its rich history. I recommend checking it out when you're looking for a neat place to picnic.
- Chris Butterworth