NEXT REGISTRATION: Resident Registration begins Tuesday, February 24th, Non-Resident begins Thursday, February 26th. 

For up to date field conditions and closures call the rain line at 480-503-6201

Our Mission

Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department commits to provide superior parks, recreation and cultural programs, which exceed customer expectations, enhance the quality of life, and promote lifelong leisure and educational pursuits. These services are provided by a dedicated team, focused on fairness, trust, innovation, with a commitment to excellence.  

Message from Director, Rod Buchanan

Greetings!! As we head into 2015, there are some big changes taking place regarding the Community Fishing Program in Gilbert. Beginning January 1, 2015, the Community Fishing Program will be expanded to McQueen, Discovery, and Freestone Park Lakes. In addition, the following regulations will take effect at Water Ranch Lake located at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch only:

  • Catch-and-release only for bass and sunfish. All bass and sunfish are to be immediately released unharmed. Anglers will still be able to catch-and-keep trout, catfish, and all other species.
  • Single barbless hooks only. Bait can still be used.
  • New bag limits of two (2) catfish and two (2) trout.

Be sure and check out the stocking schedules and license requirements at Take advantage of the season’s cooler weather to go out and do some fishing!!

Did you know that we offer outdoor programs and field trips to students and other groups at the Riparian?  Outdoor programming is offered from October to April. Topics include bird walks, nature hikes, dinosaur and archaeological digs, and astronomy viewings.  We provide individual and group tours on conservation, ecology, water, plants and wildlife. The Riparian also offers overnight camping opportunities. There are three campsites available for rent. Call 480-503-6200 today to reserve a site or schedule an outing!

At Parks & Recreation, it is our mission to provide opportunities for learning and life experiences that enhance the physical, social, cultural and environmental well-being of our community.  I encourage you to register and try something new this winter or continue to develop skills in an activity you already enjoy.  From all of us here at Parks & Recreation, enjoy the cooler weather and be sure to get out and PLAY!

Be sure to check out all our programs and events in this Winter Recreation Guide

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