With over 3500 online votes and 2400 Instagram posts, our own McCormick – Stillman Railroad Park has been voted the best Park in the country. We received the 2019 ELGL Knope Award for the nation’s best park or open space.
Cleverly and affectionately named for the Parks and Recreation deputy parks director Leslie nope from the NBC sitcom, the Engaging Local Government Leaders, which sponsors the award, was proud to select our own McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as the winner.
The contest started with the field of the top 32 parks in the United States owned and managed by local governments. The winner was determined through online votes and a tally of Instagram posts. About the park
This 30-acre park is located in the heart of Scottsdale on the southwest corner of McCormick Ranch and is one of the most unique parks of its kind in the country. It has over 1 million visitors annually. Shops, restaurants, and residential communities.
Operated by the city of Scottsdale’s Parks & Recreation Department, the park features a 1950 vintage Allen Herschel carousel with shops, museums, one-of-a-kind playgrounds, and of course, the Railroad.
The rides in the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park are enjoyed by kids of all ages. The centerpiece is the very first traction the park created, which is an exact 5:12 reproduction of a Colorado narrow gauge railroad. It features three steam locomotives, two diesel engines, and electric engine, several scale model cars, a water tank, trestles, and a train shed.
The Arboretum train runs on Saturdays and Sundays through the park’s 2-acre, Desert Arboretum. This ride takes guests on a 10-minute loop through the Desert Arboretum offering scenic views and unique writing experiences for people of all ages. Tickets are just two dollars each and rides cost one ticket per writer with children two and under for free.
In addition to the trains, the park also boasts the Scottsdale Charros Carousel. This beautifully carved and meticulously restored carousel was purchased by the Scottsdale railroad and mechanical society. It was completed in 1950 and is registered with the National Carousel Association for the preservation of anti-carousels. It boasts 30 horses and two wheelchair chariots.