The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, a beloved Scottsdale treasure since 1975, received a much-needed financial boost June 22––a generous $1 million donation by the Scottsdale Railroad & 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.
“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,” says 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.”
“The Scottsdale Railroad & Mechanical Society believes the project is a wise investment of community funding,” says 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.”
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.
In 1967, the McCormick Family donated 100 acres of land to the city of Scottsdale, stipulating that the land be used to create a park for all to enjoy. In 1971, Guy Stillman chartered the Scottsdale Railroad & Mechanical Society as part of the donation agreement. The society provides technical expertise to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and raises money through private donations and carousel ticket revenues to support park projects.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park opened in October 1975 and is part of Scottsdale’s nationally recognized and accredited parks and recreation system. Entrance to the park is free, tickets to enjoy the train and carousel are available to purchase.
To learn more about the railroad park, visit therailroadpark.com.