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Chandler Parks and  Special Use Facilities 

Find out more about the more than 60 parks in our community; from the largest regional parks to community parks, neighborhood parks and special use facilities.

Chandler Parks

Our Most Popular Specialty Facilities

Additional Park Programs and Information

For more information on City of Chandler Parks, call 480-782-2727.


Please Don't Feed The Wildlife - excerpts from the National Park Service

Most people know that hunting and trapping are not allowed in city parks, yet many people may not realize that approaching or feeding animals is also prohibited. These actions are against park regulations because they are harmful to animals. When you approach wildlife too closely, you may cause them stress and interfere with behaviors necessary for their survival.  Animals that are fed by people become dependent on human food, and may lose their natural fear of humans and their ability to forage for natural foods. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “a fed animal is a dead animal.” In addition to losing their foraging ability, feeding animals puts everyone in potentially hazardous situations. People who feed animals may be bitten or otherwise injured by the animal they are feeding. Other visitors are at risk as they may be harmed by aggressive animals that have previously been fed.

Seemingly tame animals are still wild, and may behave unpredictably. Animals may use their teeth, claws, hooves, antlers, or horns to defend themselves. View wildlife from a safe distance. Leave animals enough room to make an escape if they feel threatened. You are too close to an animal if your presence causes them to move.

There are other serious hazards associated with wildlife. Numerous species, including rodents, squirrels, coyotes, fox and bats may carry infectious diseases such as Hantavirus, rabies, or plague. In some situations, these diseases may be transmitted through simple contact, such as touching or feeding wildlife.

By treating wildlife with respect and not approaching or feeding them, you are aiding their chance for survival. By keeping wildlife wild, you are protecting their safety—and yours.

 

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