Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler is more than simply a recreational area with grass and paths and a pond. This is actually an important part of the Chandler's reclaimed water processing where treated wastewater is redistributed to recharge basins in the area. That gave the city the opportunity to develop the park as a riparian and wetland habitat to share with the community.
Veterans Oasis Park opened to the public in 2008.
Veterans Oasis Park Factoid: The entire park covers about 113 acres, 78 acres of which are designed for groundwater recharge and wetlands.
Environmental Education Center
The Environmental Education Center is a learning and community center featuring meeting rooms for programs, reading material, an environmentally friendly gift shop and a reptile exhibit. You can see a time-line photo gallery of the creation of the park at the Center. The Environmental Education Center is focused on nature-based programs about conservation, local flora and fauna, and understanding and enjoying our desert.
Factoid: There are public restrooms both inside the Environmental Education Center, as well as outside.
Nature and Environmental Programs
The hiking and biking trails afford visitors the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the wetland area on their own. There are also guided birdwalks, fishing clinics, guided hikes, evening walks and family nature walks.
Do you have a horse? Horseback riding is allowed here on designated Equestrian Trails. Riders must ride in from the outside, as there is no horse trailer parking or loading/unloading of horses allowed within the park itself.
Factoid: If you don't know what time it is, you can use the human sundial near the play area. Of course, that only works during the day!
Urban Fishing at Veterans Oasis Park
When you drop your line into the 5-acre lake at Veterans Oasis Park you might catch channel catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid sunfish and/or largemouth bass. Those are the types of fish that are typically stocked here. There are no catch-and-release requirments but there are limitations. You can check the daily bag and possession limit at the signs on the south side of the lake.
The average depth of the lake at Veterans Oasis Park is 12 feet, with a maximum depth of 14 feet. An Urban Fishing License is required but they are not sold here, so make sure everyone who'll be fishing has one when you come. No one may swim or wade in the water -- that includes the family pet! Glass containers are not allowed, and you must have a permit to have alcoholic beverages here.
Factoid: You may put a boat in the lake here, but no motors are allowed and you must carry it from the main parking lot located south of the lake. A City of Chandler boating permit is required.
Play Areas and Picnic Ramadas
Aside from the programs and trails, you might find that Veterans Oasis Park is just a lovely spot to take the family for some play time and a picnic. If your family has a four-legged member, he/she is welcome, too, as long as you clean up any droppings. All park ramadas are near the Urban Fishing Lake and some have barbecue grills. There is a small charge to reserve a ramada.
Factoid: You won't find swing sets at the play areas here. Children are encouraged to play and climb on boulders and walls in sandy and grassy areas near the Environmental Education Center.
Little Kids, Big Kids and Adults
All ages can enjoy nature-related programs at Veterans Oasis Park and the Environmental Education Center. Preschoolers ages 2 and up make crafts, listen to music, listen to stories, watch movies and more. Bigger kids might be geocaching, or making art projects or learning about desert creatures. Adults and teens can participate in a variety of guided walks and tours, conservation and garden programs, and health and fitness activities in the park. You can find all the workshop and program offerings in the City of Chandler recreation listings. Registration is required for the programs unless otherwise stated.
Looking for something for the kids to do when school is out? Summer Nature Camp at the Environmental Education Center might be just what you are looking for.
Factoid: There are more than four miles of hiking and biking trails at Veterans Oasis Park.
Location, Hours, Admission
Veterans Oasis Park is in Chandler, Arizona and is where you'll find the Environmental Education Center.
Veterans Oasis Park Address
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
The park is located near the intersection of Chandler Heights and Lindsay Roads. Beware! Online mapping services often map this address incorrectly!
From the North and West - Take I-10 East (going south) to the San Tan Loop 202 East. Exit Loop 202 at Exit 44 Gilbert Rd. Drive south to Chandler Heights Road. Turn east to just past Lindsay. The entrance to the park is on the north side of Chandler Heights Road.
From the East - Take the San Tan Loop 202 West. Exit Loop 202 at Val Vista Drive. Drive south to Chandler Heights Road. Turn east to just before Lindsay. The entrance to the park is on the north side of Chandler Heights Road.
You can see this location marked on a Google map. From there you can zoom in and out, get driving directions if you need more specifics than mentioned above, and see what else is nearby.
The Environmental Education Center is open at 8 a.m. and closes at either 5 or 8 p.m. during the week. It closes at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and is closed all day on Sundays. Veterans Oasis Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The preserve is open daily and closes at sunset.
Admission to Veterans Oasis Park and the Environmental Education Center is free. There is a fee to participate in most programs.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.