Potholed parking lots and shabby warehouses made way for Civic Space Park, a 3-acre green gem set among office buildings, Arizona State University’s downtown campus, and a light-rail stop. Time your visit for possible park freebies: yoga classes, movies, and concerts. At night, the netlike sculpture floating overhead, the fountain available for splashing, and the tall, cylindrical light sticks have an otherworldly glow.
Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave.