Featuring 64 acres, the cornerstone of this sprawling community is Scottsdale Ranch Park, a general public-use area that the developer donated to the City of Scottsdale. Fresh-air amenities include a lighted squash court, four lighted racquetball courts, a lighted basketball court (full-size) and two lighted basketball sport courts (half-size). In addition, there are six reservable picnic ramadas, six lighted sand volleyball courts, two lighted baseball fields and a tennis center with twelve lighted tennis courts. Enjoying a more tranquil alfresco setting, this lovely park also is home to the Desert Garden and its three passive interpretive zones: a saguaro sanctuary, a butterfly garden and a hummingbird nest.
A highly touted public facility inside Scottsdale Ranch is the Via Linda Senior Center which offers numerous activities such as fitness classes, computer classes and art classes. A typical sampling of scheduled topics and courses includes aerobics, Spanish, French, aerobics, tai chi and yoga. Regular health screenings are also offered and movie nights, book groups and local excursions often fill the Center's busy schedule.
Another feature of Scottsdale Ranch is its access to the Scottsdale Unified School District's top-rated public schools. Children who live within Scottsdale Ranch's generous boundaries are associated with SUSD's Laguna Elementary School, Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School. Moreover, Scottsdale's Boys & Girls Club (the Virginia G. Piper branch) is located next door to Laguna Elementary School and provides more than 100 after-school and summer programs built around the Club's five core areas of the arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills and sports, fitness and recreation.
Nestled at the southeast corner of Via Linda and Mountain View, The Mercado is a favorite place for residents to shop, dine and more, thanks to its specialty stores, restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores and professional offices.