Falcon Field Park, located on the grounds of Falcon Field Airport, is a five-acre City of Mesa public park operated by the Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities Department. In the 1940s, the park was originally the site of barracks and a recreation hall used by British Royal Air Force cadets while they were stationed at Falcon Field for pilot training during World War II. Remains of the recreation hall fireplace and commemorative plaques can still be viewed at the east end of the park.
According to historians, a swimming pool was installed during that era in the center of what is now the park by a Hollywood motion picture company in return for cooperation from the military while filming a movie Falcon Field. After the war, when the airport was deeded to the City of Mesa, the City operated the pool for many years as a public swimming facility. Many Mesa residents have fond childhood memories of summer days spent at the Falcon Field swimming pool. It has since been filled in to provide space for other recreational amenities.
Today Falcon Field Park is popular with Mesa families for picnics, birthday parties and family reunions. Each spring the park also hosts exhibits, children's activities, Impala Bob's Classic Car Show, and the food court at the annual Falcon Field Airport Open House. Visit the Park Finder to view the Falcon Field Park location, see a list of amenities, or get driving directions.
Park features include:
- Seven shaded picnic ramadas seating 32-48 people (depending on ramada size)
- Two ramadas are non-reserveable and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Five of the ramadas may be reserved in advance for an hourly fee. A minimum two-hour reservation is required. Ramada reservations may be made by calling 480-644-2352. A credit card is required.
- Children's playground
- Lighted sand volleyball court
- Basketball court
- Horseshoe pit
- Expansive grass lawn areas