Build Multiuse Sports Fields in the area of Bell Road

Planning
Design

Project Summary

This project will build up to 13 full-sized multi-use sports fields along the Bell Road Corridor to meet the increased demand for lighted sports fields in the community, create the ability for Scottsdale to host larger tournaments and increase revenue. The fields will be used as parking for special events for a few weeks each year to replace temporary parking lots on Arizona State Land that will become unavailable as the land is sold.

This project was approved by Scottsdale voters as part of the 2019 Bond Election and officially began in April 2020 when the City Council hired a design consultant to begin evaluating the proposed field locations and provide options for each site.

This project will acquire land, design and build up to six, lighted multi use fields at what will be known as the Bell Road Sports Complex located on Bell Road, just west of 94th Street, and up to seven, lighted multi-use fields at what will be known as the WestWorld Sports Complex located at Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road. Both locations will include parking lots, restrooms, maintenance facilities to support the recreation users and limited neighborhood amenities for park users.

Phase One: Bell Road Sports Complex & DC Ranch Neighborhood Park Irrigation Lake

The project will begin by focusing on the Bell Road Sports Complex which will be located on Bell Road just west of 94th Street. This location will include six full-sized multi-use sports fields, parking, lights, restrooms, a plaza and covered ramada, a walking path and maintenance facility.

This portion of the project will be the first to be built and constructed. The design team is currently working on an initial layout for the facility and will presenting it to the community for feedback in August 2020. Design work will take approximately a year to complete and public involvement opportunities will be held throughout the design process.

To irrigate the six fields at the Bell Road Sports Complex, an irrigation lake will be built just north of the facility at DC Ranch Neighborhood Park. This lake will hold reclaimed water from the nearby water treatment plant which will be used to irrigate the fields. It has not been determined if there will be any other amenities at this location, but the city is working with the DC Ranch Community Association on a collaboration for any further improvements.

Tentative Project Schedule

April –December 2020 Design Work
August 10-31 Public Meeting #1
Fall 2020 Native Plant Salvage
September 23 Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting #1
October 14 –November 5 Public Meeting #2
October 21 Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting #2
November 5 Development Review Board
November 18 Planning Commission
December 7 City Council: Bell Road Sports Complex MUMSP Case 10-UP-2020
December 17 Development Review Board: Bell Road Sports Complex Case 38-DR-2020
January 12 City Council: DC Ranch Neighborhood Park MUMSP Case 14-UP-2020
January 21 Development Review Board: DC Ranch Neighborhood Park
Early 2021 Park & Lake Construction Begins
Early 2022 Bell Road Sports Complex Opens

Community Involvement

DC Ranch Neighborhood Park Public Comment Period Dec. 4-24

The site plan for DC Ranch Neighborhood Park Lake has been updated. Please view the latest version, review the FAQs and fill out the comment form to let us know what you think.

The first virtual public meeting was held in August 2020 and the following materials were provided:

Presentation video

Concept Plan  (PDF)

Lake Exhibit  (PDF)

The second virtual public meeting was held in October 2020 and the following materials were provided:

Presentation video

Bell Road Sports Complex Site Plan  (PDF)

Bell Road Sports Complex Building Elevations  (PDF)

DC Ranch Neighborhood Park Site Plan  (PDF)

Ballfield Lighting Video

The Bell Road Sports Complex Traffic Study (PDF) was Finalized in October 2020

Phase Two: WestWorld Sports Complex

The second phase of the project will focus on the WestWorld Sports Complex located at Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road. Proposed plans show up to seven fields being built at this location. The majority of the land at this location is already owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and is managed by the city, which is enough room to build five fields, but in order to have room for all seven fields the city needs to acquire additional land from Arizona State Land and private property owners. The city is currently working on acquiring the additional land, and once that has been complete, formal design will begin. If the city is unsuccessful in acquiring the additional land, it will need to find an alternate location for the remaining fields.

Project Details

Project costs include purchasing land, designing, and constructing necessary reclaimed water, sewer and drainage improvements and service lines to accommodate water delivery to the recreation fields. Additionally, any unimproved street frontages, sidewalks, etc. will be completed as a requirement of improving the fields.

Field design and construction will utilize latest lighting, water and drainage technology to minimize light visibility, maximize water conservation and minimize down time due to rain events. The field design and construction will provide optimal growing conditions for turf grass and provide an exceptional playing surface for the recreational users.

Project Background

The 13 new multi-use sports fields are needed to meet the increased demand for lighted sports fields in the community, support a variety of increasing youth and adult recreation requests and create the ability for Scottsdale to host larger tournaments and increase revenue.

Trust lands currently owned by the Arizona State Land Department are currently used for temporary parking for special events, and as these trust lands will be sold in future years, the parking will become unavailable. These recreation, sand-based fields can be planned, designed, constructed and utilized to accommodate special event parking for a limited usage of up to 4 weeks each year, in a similar fashion to the fields at Scottsdale Sports Complex.

Additionally, creating additional sports fields in proximity to Scottsdale Sports Complex will allow the City to pursue additional/larger tournaments to the area, increasing revenue and positively affecting the economy with tournament visitors.

Bell Road Area Sports & Events Improvement Projects

Would you like to know more about other projects going on in the area and how they fit together? Please visit the Bell Road Area Sports & Events Improvement Projects webpage to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Go to DC Ranch Park FAQ Go to Traffic & Circulation FAQ

Bell Road Sports Complex FAQ

A total of 13 lighted, full-size multi-use ball fields will be built. The fields will be 120 yards by 75 yards and, in general, will be used for flat-field sports such as soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby.

All 13 fields will be natural turf. Field design and construction will utilize the latest lighting, water and drainage technology to minimize light visibility, maximize water conservation and minimize down time due to rain events. The field design and construction will provide optimal growing conditions for turf grass and provide an exceptional playing surface for the recreational users.

The 13 new multi-use sports fields are needed to meet the increased demand for lighted sports fields in the community, support a variety of increasing youth and adult recreation requests and create the ability for Scottsdale to host larger tournaments and increase revenue.

Additionally, creating additional sports fields in proximity to Scottsdale Sports Complex will allow the city to pursue additional/larger tournaments to the area, increasing revenue and positively affecting the economy with tournament visitors. Trust lands currently owned by the Arizona State Land Department are currently used for temporary parking for special events and, as these trust lands will be sold in future years, the parking will become unavailable. These recreation, sand-based fields can be planned, designed, constructed and utilized to accommodate special event parking for a limited usage of up to four weeks each year, in a similar fashion to the fields at Scottsdale Sports Complex.

There are approximately 37 fields in Scottsdale that are either a part of the parks system or are used though an intergovernmental agreement with the school district to host these types of flat-field sports. There is a waiting list throughout Scottsdale for these types of facilities by youth sports leagues.

Six fields will be built at what will be known as the Bell Road Sports Complex located on Bell Road, just west of 94th Street. A minimum of four and maximum of seven fields will be built at what will be known as the WestWorld Sports Complex located at Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road.

The majority of the land at this location is already managed by the city, which is enough room to build four fields, but in order to have room for all seven fields the city needs to acquire additional land from Arizona State Land and private property owners. The city is currently working on acquiring the additional land, and once that has been complete, formal design will begin. If the city is unsuccessful in acquiring the additional land it will need to find an alternate location for the remaining fields.

To learn more about the types of lights Scottsdale uses to light ballfields please watch the following video on ballfield lighting. Watch video.

This project was approved by Scottsdale voters as part of the 2019 Bond Election and will fund the project. Project costs include purchasing land, designing, and constructing necessary reclaimed water, sewer and drainage improvements and service lines to accommodate water delivery to the recreation fields. Additionally, any unimproved street frontages, sidewalks, etc. will be completed as a requirement of improving the fields.

No. The project will begin by focusing on the Bell Road Sports Complex which is located on Bell Road just west of 94th Street. This location will include six full-sized multi-use sports fields, parking, lights, restrooms, a plaza, a walking path, and maintenance facility.

The second phase of the project will focus on the WestWorld Sports Complex located at Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road. The city is currently working on acquiring the additional land, and once that has been complete, formal design will begin.

Yes, all the fields will be list using the latest LED lighting technology.

In general, the fields will be used by youth and community sports leagues. The fields will be reserved on a first-come, first-served allocation and the reservation process will be similar to that of the Scottsdale Sports Complex. There will be a seasonal allocation for hourly events and a full facility rental process for special events.

We are in the process of designing this facility and do not yet have a final count on the number of parking spaces that will be provided. However, the goal is to provide approximately 100 parking spaces per field which should accommodate parking for tournaments and larger events.

Yes, these recreation, sand-based fields can be planned, designed, constructed and utilized to accommodate special event parking for a limited usage of up to four weeks each year, in a similar fashion to the fields at Scottsdale Sports Complex. Trust lands currently owned by the Arizona State Land Department are currently used for temporary parking for special events, and as these trust lands will be sold in future years, the parking will become unavailable and these fields will replace that temporary parking.

These fields are not being designed to retain or hold water. The fields will be designed to drain as quickly as possible and if the fields are safe for players to use and the fields will not be damaged, the facility will be open.

The fields will be watered with the City of Scottsdale’s reclaimed water distribution line. This type of reclaimed water is also used to water several golf courses in North Scottsdale. A storage reservoir is being designed north of Bell Road at a future community park and will serve as a lake feature at that facility.

Yes. The powerlines are a major part of the Arizona Public Service power grid and will stay in place.

These 40 acres are owned by the City of Scottsdale. The city is currently exploring a range of options that include city use of the property and possible sale of the property or portions of the property. The city will initiate a public process for review of any city use or propose a public process for sale of the property in the future when it has been determined what the facility needs in the area will be.

Voters approved the funds to pay for the fields as a part of the 2019 Bond Election. The City Council hired a design consultant to begin evaluating the proposed field locations and provide options for each site in April 2020. The city is in the early stages of processing a Municipal Use Master Site Plan for the Bell Road Sports Complex portion of the project.

The project will begin by focusing on the Bell Road Sports Complex which will include six full sized multi-use sports fields, parking, lights, restrooms, a plaza and covered ramada, a walking path and maintenance facility. The design team is currently working on an initial layout for the facility and will presenting it to the community for feedback in August 2020.

The goal is to open the Bell Road Sports Complex in early 2022. The timeline for the WestWorld Sports Complex has not yet been determined.

Go to DC Ranch Park FAQ Go to Bell Road Sports Complex FAQ

Traffic & Circulation FAQ

Yes. An eight-foot wide sidewalk will be constructed along 94th Street from Bell Road to the existing sidewalk.

Parking is not allowed on 91st Street and 94th Street. Both streets have bike lanes and curbs, and do not accommodate on street parking. The project design is sizing parking to accommodate parking needs on-site, if any large tournaments are scheduled requiring more parking, WestWorld parking lots will be used. We understand that there is currently some overflow parking on 91st Street from the buildings in the Corporate Center at DC Ranch. We are working towards a solution, one element of which is eliminating the dead-end street and continuing 91st Street into the park site, which should help with this issue.

Most park users are anticipated to use Bell Road for access. Some drivers coming from the north will use 91st Street or 94th Street, but the traffic analysis indicates that these traffic volumes are very low.

The existing speed limits, 35 mph on 91st Street and 40 mph on 94th Street, are consistent with collector streets that have no direct residential driveway access. The City’s Traffic Engineering group is willing to re-evaluate these if there are concerns.

Neither a traffic signal nor all-way stop is warranted by the existing traffic volumes, but traffic engineering is aware of the community concern. The additional traffic from the project is not anticipated to be enough to meet the warrants. This location will be evaluated in the upcoming year for a pedestrian crossing.

The land south of existing 91st street is currently owned by Arizona State Land Department. When this land is developed the extension of 91st street to Bell Road will be required. The City cannot predict when this land will be put up for auction, and it will take time after it is leased or sold for it to be developed. In general, the cost of public improvements surrounding a new development is paid for by the developer and not dine before the development occurs.

Most park users are anticipated to use Bell Road to access the park. Some drivers coming from the north will use Trailside View and 91st Street, but the traffic analysis indicates that these traffic volumes are very low. Scottsdale’s Traffic Engineering group is currently evaluating the intersection to see if a traffic signal is warranted, or if other modifications are appropriate. It is not anticipated that the park traffic utilizing this intersection will change the result of this analysis.

Crosswalks are typically only installed where there is an all-way stop or traffic signal, or if an enhanced pedestrian crossing is warranted. Traffic Engineering is aware of the concern and location will be evaluated in the upcoming year for a pedestrian crossing.

The Bell Road Sports Complex will have gates at both the Bell Road and 91st Street access points that will be closed when the park is closed. Typical park hours of operation are from sunrise to 10:30pm. Additionally, the parking lot will have several raised pedestrian walkways that will serve as a traffic calming element to deter speeding and cut through traffic when the lot is open.

The park driveway on Bell Road will be at a full median opening, allowing left turns to be made to enter and exit the park. The traffic analysis of this specific location has determined that the driveway intersection will not require a traffic signal.

No. The traffic analysis has determined that the driveway and median design will adequately accommodate the traffic from the Ice Den and the new park. The City’s Traffic Engineering group will monitor the intersection to determine if any traffic control changes are needed.

Currently the traffic signal on Bell Road at 94th Street does have a left-turn arrow. It is operated as “protected-permissive” (green arrow then green ball). The Traffic Engineering group evaluates locations for protected-only left turn operation when operational issues are reported.

Go to Bell Road Sports Complex FAQ Go to Traffic & Circulation FAQ

DC Ranch Neighborhood Park FAQ

There have been several opportunities to learn about the DC Ranch Neighborhood Park Lake. When the project was initiated, signs were placed on the park site informing residents of hearing dates and providing a project website with additional information. Two mailings have been sent out to homes and businesses in the area with project information, meeting dates and website links. Additionally, the City has worked with the DC Ranch Community Association to publicize the information. Finally, information has been placed in several City publications such as Scottsdale Update and pushed out via social media, and there is an established project hotline for residents to call if they have any questions.

The City of Scottsdale has every intention of complying with the deed restrictions in place on this property. Scottsdale intends the site to be developed as a neighborhood park that will be open to the public. The city will be responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the park and is seeking public input on the proposed improvements as required and expected by City ordinances and the deed restrictions. Park amenities will be consistent with DC Ranch architectural guidelines.

The project was approved by Scottsdale voters as part of the 2019 Bond Election. The Bond fact sheet that was published prior to the election, regarding the project stated -

“This project will acquire land, design and build up to six, lighted multiuse fields at 94th St. and Bell Rd. and up to seven, lighted multi-use fields at Thompson Peak Pkwy. and McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd. Both locations will include parking lots, restrooms, maintenance facilities to support the recreation users and limited neighborhood amenities for park users.”
“Costs include purchasing land, designing, and constructing necessary reclaimed water, sewer and drainage improvements and service lines to accommodate water delivery to the recreation fields. Additionally, any unimproved street frontages, sidewalks, etc. will be completed as a requirement of improving the fields.”

The initial plans presented in August and October were conceptual, but appropriate for the MUMSP process. A refinement of the plan for Phase 1 is now available and we are anticipating more detailed discussion and input prior to January 12, 2021 City Council meeting. Development Review Board is scheduled at this time for January 21, 2021. Anyone can review the Phase 1 plan and provide comment, preferably by December 24, 2020, so your ideas can be shared with the Council in the report for their January meeting.

The lake will be approximately 1.5 acres in surface area, will be 10 to 12 feet in depth and lined with a polypropylene geomembrane liner. The liner is held in place by a narrow concrete border which will immediately transition to grass around the perimeter of the lake and then a trail will be installed adjacent to the grass as well.

The water supply to this lake will be from the City's Water Treatment Plant and the lake is not a substitute for, or an extension of the water treatment facility. No water treatment will occur at the lake at this park site. The lake will be designed to be a park amenity. City park lakes serve multiple recreation purposes within these parks, in addition to being used to hold water that will later be used to irrigate the parks. Lakes currently located in the DC Ranch community are filled with water from this same water source. The water being delivered is not gray water. Gray water implies it has been minimally treated. The water to be provided to the lake is a blend of reclaimed water (class A+ effluent, the highest classification rating by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)), advanced treated reclaimed water (Class A+ effluent further treated through Reverse Osmosis (RO) and other treatment systems), and Central Arizona Project (CAP) water.

The design team looked at different options which included both below and above grade storage tanks as well as in-line booster pumps. Utilizing reclaimed water is both cost effective and a positive conservation method rather than using potable (drinking) water. This helps the City to be stewards of the environment where water demands are concerned. Because water needs to be available at different times, the lake serving as a holding area was the most prudent direction to follow and will serve as an amenity for the future neighborhood park.

The lake will be designed to limit the drawdown to approximately 1-ft maximum in a 2-day summer outage and limits the nightly drawdown (daily normal operation) to less than 6 inches. There is a back-up potable water source to fill the lake if necessary (if the summer outage extends beyond 2 days).

The recycled water from the Water Campus (as described in the response to question 6 above) meets the requirements for all uses without changing our process.

While the Water Campus is nearby, the reclaimed water distribution system is designed to provide water into reservoirs at different sites and is not designed as a high-pressure system to operate on-site irrigation systems. Additionally, while the Water Campus is a large site, it is master planned out for expansion and significant (and costly) infrastructure movement and changes would have to occur to accommodate any such lake.

The reclaimed water goes through a detailed cleaning process in the water treatment plant before it is sent out for distribution, so odors are not an issue. Most areas where mosquitoes have a chance to breed are usually in small, confined spaces and in standing water. The lake will have aerators throughout, turning over the water surface through constant movement 24 hours a day. These aerators will not generate noise concerns that will be disturbing to the adjacent properties. All the City lakes are under contract with a local firm which services and inspects them monthly. They are also monitored by the Parks maintenance staff.

The pumphouse is 9 feet tall and 1200 sq. ft. in area and will be enclosed behind a block wall. We have located the pumphouse over 600 feet in distance from the nearest residence backing up to 91st Street. The edge of the pumphouse to the park property line along 91st Street is approximately 400 feet.

The addition of the ramada is to provide a picnic area with a grill and park benches overlooking the lake which had been requested in some citizen comments. Our design team thought this could be used to incorporate and wrap around the pumphouse with enhanced landscape and tree coverage to further shield and deemphasize the enclosure.

We plan to place an 8-foot-wide stabilized decomposed granite trail along 91st Street that will meander back of the curb and will be accented with some native trees that will be transplanted from areas that were disturbed. There will an 8-foot-wide stabilized decomposed granite trail around the 1.5-acre lake which will be tree lined with both Palo Verde and Mesquites.

The 2003 Master Plan highlighted the parking for the park to be located off Trailside View. Zoning requirements specify that for Phase 1 we provide parking which will allow those with disabilities to also be able to access the site, thus we have 5 parking slots, with one designated handicap accessible. This entry will also serve as a 20-foot wide dust free surface to access the pumphouse for regular maintenance checks. The parking lot will have a gate to secure the access area to the pumphouse and prevent after hour parking within the park.

Our current estimation is approximately 1/3 of the 14-acre site will have trails, lake, landscaping, an access-drive, and parking.

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Project Information

Bond 2019: Question 1, Project 53

Budget: $40 million

Sponsoring Division: Parks & Recreation

Funding Source: Bond 2019

Project Location: 94th Street & Bell Road, Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd.

Contact Information

Joe Phillips
Project Manager
P: 480-312-2522 
JPhillips@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

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