Encanto Park sits in the middle of central Phoenix and covers a total of 222 acres. It was inspired by Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Balboa Park in San Diego and was built in part with the aid of a grant from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1934 and 1938. Along with the picturesque lagoon system, the park boasts a swimming pool, paddle boats, canoes, and a “Kiddieland” playground with a carousel believed to be the oldest in Arizona. There are also lighted basketball courts, handball and racquetball courts, a softball field and an adjacent golf course. Encanto Park is another Phoenix Point of Pride.