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Best of Gilbert 2014 Place to Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

2757 E. Guadalupe Road

(480) 797-2019 or RiparianInstitute.org

Technically a water recycling facility for the town of Gilbert where wetlands have sprung up around the basins that hold treated wastewater, the preserve is a serene 110-acre toehold of wilderness in the middle of suburbia. Its vegetation creates habitats for many types of birds and animals, and a system of trails provide plenty of space for jogging, dog-walking, and just getting away from it all. A lake is regularly stocked with fish by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and a host of activities — from family bird walks to kids’ archaeology digs — is offered by the preserve’s naturalist and education staff.

Second place

Freestone Park

1045 E. Juniper Ave.

(480) 503-6200 or GilbertAZ.gov

Third place

Central Trail System

(Western Powerline Trail, Heritage Trail, Santan Vista Trail, Marathon Trail, etc.)

(480) 503-6200 or GilbertAZ.gov

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