City of Scottsdale

Gateway Access Park

LEED Platinum Attained in Sonoran Preserve.


Valley Rain had the opportunity to work with the City of Scottsdale to construct the most progressive desert trailhead project ever built in the southwest. The project clearly demonstrates Valley Rain’s competence to work in sensitive native environments.

Gateway Access Area is a recreational access point to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and is a visible statement of mountain and desert preservation in Scottsdale.  The Gateway illustrates how innovative design, careful construction and a community committed to sustainability can create a major trailhead while still respecting the environment.  It encompasses a broad range of amenities, including stabilized granite parking and trails, restrooms, rammed earth walls, water main distribution, automated entry gates, shade ramadas, a view terrace, ADA interpretive trails, interpretive signage, native plant relocation, rainwater collection and re-use, an amphitheater and equestrian facilities.  It also contains the Preserve Office with storage space and other infrastructure improvements.  The facility has earned the highest LEED designation of Platinum for its incorporation of environmentally sensitive methods.


Project Details

50% Self-Performed
May 2009 | 2 acres

Key Elements

Native Desert Preservation | Native Plant Relocation | Rainwater Collection
Ramadas | Amphitheater | Equestrian


Crescordia & Environmental Excellence, Awards Valley Forward
Best of 2009, Southwest Contractor

Valley Rain demonstrated exemplary professionalism and workmanship in the Gateway Access Area project.  … Our mission was to deliver a product to the citizens that showed not only careful use of tax dollars but also stewardship of the preserve, itself. Valley Rain always offered options that were economical as well as conservative in approach.  I really cannot say enough good things about their commitment to the high quality and success of the project.

Robin Rodgers
Project Manager, City of Scottsdale

Being good stewards of tax payer dollars is just the way we do business.