From Acting South Mountain Park Manager Dan Gronseth:
You might think someone with 30 years of experience with the City of Phoenix, half of them in South Mountain Park, would take time to reflect on the past. I have met a good number of people who had historic ties to the mountain, and I have seen a good number of amazing things in my time. I really could fill pages with stories, most of them true, and some only slightly exaggerated. But I would like to take you forward about 7 years into the future.
Between now and 2024, there will be major improvements to the park. Some ramada areas will get a face lift, infrastructure needs will be upgraded, Lookouts will get much-needed attention, trailheads will be improved, trails will be added or removed based on the 2017 Trails Master Plan, and a new Ranger Office will be added. In the year 2024, South Mountain Park will be celebrating its first centennial as a City of Phoenix Park. This celebration will look back on the history of the park, the history of the City and the Valley of the Sun, the history of the people. In order to do that, we will need to have YOUR stories, YOUR photos, YOUR input from the early days of the park.
If your family has historic ties to the mountain, if your family has been enjoying the mountain for years, or if you have only visited once, please share your stories. If you have old photos from ‘back in the day’ or new photos send them in to the South Mountain Park Ranger Office, or scan them and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can begin putting together a century of memories from South Mountain Park. Any printed photos submitted can be returned, please indicate that with the photos.