The master plan is organized around the Town Center, with a commercial and employment core acting as a “downtown.” The 300-acre Central Park will be surrounded by in-town living opportunities. There are also four Village Centers that act as district hubs for the outlying villages, keeping shopping and employment near neighborhoods.
Over 4,000 acres of natural desert open space, including drainage corridors and hillsides, are preserved throughout the community. The topography of Douglas Ranch is ideally suited to provide opportunities for scenic views of the White Tank and Belmont Mountains, and the Hassayampa River corridor.
The 8,500-acre Southeast Planning Area will be the first area to be developed at Douglas Ranch. The Central Park, extensive commercial and office development, and a variety of housing choices are all included in the earlier phases of development.
The 300-acre Central Park is the jewel of the open space and recreation plan of Douglas Ranch. The park features a sports district with baseball and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts, a tennis center, and many other activities. The entertainment district has an outdoor amphitheater, water park, botanical gardens, and other cultural highlights. A park district allows residents to walk, jog, bike, or just hang out in both natural and landscaped spaces. Finally, the cultural arts district acts as the transition zone to the urban town center to the west. An array of museums, library, theaters, and sidewalk cafes make this area an attractive gathering place.