Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler, Arizona

Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler, Arizona

My friend Linda recently posted photographs of her granddaughter on Facebook that she took at Veterans Oasis Park. I’d never heard of the park, so I looked it up. It turns out it’s just 2 1/2 miles from the school where I taught for eight years. I never knew.

The park features an urban fishing lake stocked by the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. I took all these photographs around the perimeter of the lake.


Chandler is a suburban area with more than 250,000 residents. I love that it sets aside wild areas like this for the enjoyment (and education) of its citizens.


A little waterfall:


That’s a white-billed coot swimming below.


A mountain in the distance:




I saw white ducks, mallards, and coots in the water. Stilts and herons also frequent the lake, but I didn’t see any.



Someone tossed bread into the water (I don’t think you’re supposed to do that) and minnows came to nibble on it.


A nest:






I plan to go back again some day and explore the other trails in the park.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

2 responses »

  1. Glad you made it out there, Andrea! Isn’t it lovely? Did you see any cottontail rabbits while you were there? We see them regularly if we’re there in the early morning hours. Love your photos!

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