Top 10 FREE Ways to beat the heat in and around Phoenix, AZ

Pioneer Community Park Peoria

Pioneer Community Park

1.    Splash parks: There are numerous parks in and around the Phoenix metropolitan area that are totally free and often times at a park where you can also fish for free. Here is a list of some parks that have splash parks. Remember to take a towel.

Altadena Park     3711 E Altadena Ave   Phoenix
Mariposa Park    3150 W Morten Ave   Phx
Splash Pad   6770 N Sunrise Blvd   Phx
City Scape 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Edison Park  901 N 19th Street
Mountain Vista Park  13647 S 50th Street   Phx
Nuestro Park  1433 S Ninth Street   Phx
Outlets at Anthem  I-17 & Anthem Way    Phx
Pecos Park  17010 S 48th Street   Phx
Gateway Park 10100 N El Mirage Road   El Mirage
Fountain Park at Westgate  Loop 101 & Glendale Ave    Glendale
Glendale Heros Regional Park  8100 W Bethany Home Road    Glendale
Goodyear Community Park  3151 N Litchfield Road   Goodyear
Pioneer Park 8755 N 83rd Ave    Peoria
Rio Vista Community Park  8866-A  West Thunderbird Road    Peoria
Desert Ridge Marketplace  Loop 101 & N Tatum    Phx
Kierland Commons at Fountain in Center Plaza  Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd   Phx
Scottsdale Quarter   Scottsdale Road and Greenway-Hayden Loop    Scottsdale
Rotary Park in Fountain Park  12925 N Saguaro Blvd    Fountain Hills
Aqua Linda Park 8732 E. McDonald Drive,   Scottsdale
Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road,   Scottsdale
Paiute Park 3210 N. 66th St.,    Scottsdale
Pima Park  8600 E. Thomas Road,    Scottsdale
Vista del Camino Park  7700 E. Roosevelt St.,    Scottsdale

For even more parks and detailed information about them check out this link:

2.    Go walk around at one of the indoor malls around town such as:

Arrowhead Towne Center  Loop 101 & West Bell Road   Peoria
Superstition Springs 6555 E. Southern Ave. Mesa, Arizona 85206
Chandler Fashion Center 3111 W. Chandler Blvd  Chandler, Arizona 85226
Arizona Mills   Interstate 10 & US 60    Tempe, AZ
Paradise Valley Mall   Cactus Road between 44th Street & Tatum
Fiesta Mall  US 60 & Alma School Road    Mesa
Scottsdale Fashion Square    West of Scottsdale Road at Camelback Rd   Scottsdale

3.    Plan a get together at a friend’s house where there is a swimming pool.

4.    Go see a movie.   Movie theaters can be found at all of the malls listed above & many more locations throughout the valley.

5.    Go to one of our local lakes.  Okay this is not exactly free anymore but it is less than $10
Please, be responsible and pick up after yourself. Always leave the lake cleaner than you found it.

6.    Kick back at home and watch television.

7.    Catch up on your sleep. When it is over 110 degrees staying indoors is always a good option why not catch some z’s.

8.    Stay in and play board games or card games. Spend some quality time with family & friends.

9.    Do some indoor crafts. Get a head start on making gifts for the holiday season.

10.    Put a sprinkler on the hose, Turn the hose on, Let it sit for at least 2 minutes, then Check the temperature of the water and if cooled down enough grab a lawn chair and a cold drink & enjoy.

What ever you do DO NOT touch the water that comes out of any spigot until you have carefully checked the temperature. The water that comes out of a garden hose that is sitting in the sun is hot enough to cause very serious burns. Also, be careful when letting the kids play on the grass because we have some mighty mean ants out here. The ants have actually taken lives of babies as well as adults.

Craigslist – amazing free resource

Seeing as I found this blogging opportunity through Craigslist it seems appropriate to write this article about Though I found the opportunity via the “jobs” section my focus for this article is mostly the “for sale” section and the ‘free’ sub-section. Let me start by sharing with you things you can find for free everyday on CL.

10 things you can find forFREE everyday on Craigslist (at least in Phoenix, AZ)

  1.  Televisions
  2.  Spas / Jacuzzis
  3.  Moving Boxes
  4.  Fill dirt
  5.  Pallets
  6.  Furniture / Mattresses
  7.  Appliances
  8.  Toys
  9.  Rocks
  10.  Building Materials

Next, 10 surprising things I have seen more than a couple of times for FREE on Craigslist

  1.  Mobile Homes
  2.  Walk in freezers
  3.  Timeshares
  4.  Pianos / Organs

    Found under "free" in Monterey's CL page

    Found under ‘free’ on Monterey’s CL page

  5.  Vehicles / Boats
  6.  Horses / Goats
  7.  Tickets (even good ones)
  8. Used oil

    free used vegetable oil

    free used vegetable oil

  9. Nearly new furnishings
Found under 'free'

Found under ‘free’

AND my favorite (for creativity) 

10. You pick ‘em greens (basically weeds listed as mustard greens, dandelions, and clover)





I think most of us know that you can turn to Craigslist if you are looking for a job or a place to live or you want to buy or sell a vehicle. But, below I have listed 10 Things I bet you did not know you could find on Craigslist

  1.  Craigslist TV – a Youtube channel of weird, wild, and wonderful stories of craigslist users.
  2.  a variety of Open Source projects (I would tell you more but this area is a little above my level of understanding & participation)
  3.  Craigslist blog
  4.  “Craigslist Joe” A movie based on a man on a mission to live a month off of Craigslist alone. He sets off with a cell phone,  bicycle and a backpack. No money, no contacts.
  5.  Best of Craigslist
  6.  Discussion Forums for everything
  7.  Lost and Found – A great place to post an ad for a lost or found item or pet.
  8.  Barter – Under the “for sale” category there is a section for people to trade things.
  9.  Rideshare –  whether you are looking for a ride somewhere or you do not like to travel alone this is where you should look.
  10.  A Date –  Yep Craigslist has a ‘personals’ section where you can find others looking for love, a LTR, BBW, SWM, SWF, SBM, etc. – always use caution when finding love online.

And my final topic:

5 Things you would expect to find for free everyday on Craigslist but can’t.  Don’t get me wrong I have seen all of these things listed for free but not very often.

  1.  Computers
  2.  Cell phones
  3.  Aluminum cans (many people like to collect cans for others but not here)
  4.  Game consoles (we all know gamers need to update their systems every couple of years, where are the old systems going?)
  5.  Bicycles

I think it would be a great challenge to build and furnish a home using only things found on Craigslist. I am ready for this challenge just need to find the land for free. And a jurisdiction that would be willing to work with this building concept. It would be difficult to keep with traditional methods and materials so imagination, and ability to work with what is available are a must.

Thanks for reading and Take Care.