Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park received a much-needed financial boost on June 22 — a $1 million donation by the Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society.
The money will be used to build a new indoor play facility, part of a new project to expand indoor options for families to enjoy the park year-round, according to a press release.
“We are excited to make the Railroad Park an even better place for kids and families year-round. Replacing the old and un-used bunkhouse building with a beautiful new multiuse space will do just that,” said Bryan Bundy, community services business operations manager. “Thanks to the mechanical society’s donation, it will include an indoor train-themed play structure, and we will add event spaces and a new shaded outdoor area.”
In addition to the society’s donation, Scottsdale has committed $7.5 million to the renovation. The project is funded through the city’s Capital Improvement Program and is expected to be complete in 2024.
“The Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society believes the project is a wise investment of community funding,” said Eric Damko, a society representative.
“The improvements will enhance the long-term viability of Scottsdale and the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as a premier destination for families and visitors.”
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park opened in October 1975 and is a part of the city of Scottsdale’s nationally recognized and accredited parks and recreation system. Entrance to the park is free, tickets to enjoy the train and carousel, which host more than 500,000 rides annually, are available to purchase.