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Steele Indian School Park


300 E. Indian School Road

For information call: 602 495-0935 during normal business hours Monday - Friday

Features: Steele Indian School Park has two medium sized ramadas (accommodate 50) located in the Neighborhood Park area of the Park and five small ramadas (accommodate 20) located in the Phoenix Green area of the Park.  All of them have BBQ grills. The Phoenix Green area of the Park is flood irrigated so fields could be wet or moist. See Steele Indian School Ramada Use Rules.

Additional park details are available on the Steele Indian School Park webpage.

Fee: none


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Guidelines: All of the ramadas are available on a first come first served basis.  All open space is available on a first come first served basis, unless the area is scheduled for a Special Event. Special Events are held in the Amphitheater area of the Park or in the Phoenix Green area of the Park.  For additional Park information or for a Special Event application visit the following website: phoenix.gov/PARKS/sisp.html.

Certificates of Insurance, deposits and fees are applicable for all Special Events

History of Steele Indian School Park

In 1890, the Federal Government purchased 160 acres of farmland from a local landowner for $9,000. Federal officials opened the Phoenix Indian School one year later.  At its peak in 1935, 900 students attended the school.  Among its most popular features were its marching band, which was a frequent participant in local and statewide festivals, and athletic program. The federal government closed the boarding school in 1990.*

The city of Phoenix was able to obtain the land in 1996 through an intricate three-way land exchange involving the Baron Collier Company and the federal government.

The park is named after Horace C. Steele. He founded the Steele Foundation in 1980 to fund charitable, educational, and scientific programs; primarily in Arizona. The Steele foundation donated $2.5 million dollars to start development of the park and in 1997 the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved naming the Park for this successful businessman and philanthropist.

The park is designed in the spirit of the City Beautiful movement, a design theory that evolved at the end of the 19th century. Its basic premise is simple: city dwellers need passive, open green space in city centers to serve as a refuge from the physical confinement of urban living. The movement also held that open, public spaces are an essential element in nurturing civic pride and a sense of community. The park's design also pays homage to the site's Native American history. Many of the design elements, as outlined in the features section, reflect Native American concepts of life, earth and the universe.

The Park opened in November 2001.

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