In honor of community projects and different holidays, Gilbert lights its famous Water Tower.
The Water Tower Plaza of Gilbert is a 0.7 acre park area that opened in 2008. In the heart of Downtown Gilbert, the park forms a plaza surrounding the historic Gilbert Water Tower and Historic Adobe Pump House. Water Tower Plaza features water walls, a splash pad, a large granite floating ball, a system of steel runnels, and seating areas.
Originally constructed in 1927, the water tower became an emblem of the city and a source of great pride for all the members of the Gilbert community, where it operated until 1985 to store water for firefighting and later to store drinking water. The fate of the water tower was in doubt when the water tower went out of service, but the necessary measures were taken by the Gilbert Town Council and the water tower was preserved and the plaza was built.
Now restored, Gilbert's water tower is next to an old adobe pump house that was originally Gilbert's first jail. There are also water features added to the area to complement the history and significance of the water tower in the region. A 9.5 tonne granite ball called a kugel ball is one such water element. Give it a push and you can steer all of the 19,000 lbs with the aid of a thin layer of water. Where you want it to go, from it!
A small pop-jet fountain splash play area is another water element that has been added where small children can enjoy some nice, wet fun and a water wall with a cantilever bench and illuminated blue glass windows.
From theatrical shows and minstrels, to arts and crafts fairs and street performers, the grassy field, permanent seating options and open plaza are ideal for multiple uses. A focal point of the Gilbert Heritage District is this central meeting space.
At present, the Splash pad at Water Tower Plaza is closed.
- 0.7 Acre Park
- Gilbert Water Tower
- Historical Adobe Pump House
- Splash Pad
- Spinning Granite Ball Water Feature
- Water Wall Feature
- Parking Lot
- Informal Stage
- Grassy Turf Amphitheater
- 7 Café Tables & 27 chairs
- Bike racks
- Restrooms available
The water tower, hanging over a small water park / splash pad to beat the Arizona sun, is an iconic piece of Gilbert that marks the skyline. It's a nice place to rest for families to bring their children with them.
And in the rainbow, the tower was lit up for pride, which is amazing. Good to see some change in a small town so traditional.
This tower is surrounded by water features and seating and allows for a peaceful backdrop for informative conversation. This plaza is a wonderful place to visit, if you want to lounge around and battle off an impeding food coma from all the great restaurants nearby or have enthusiastic children who want to play in the water!
The water tower is dressed up for vacation time!
These amazing landmarks are just one of the many must-see sights you don’t want to miss in Gilbert, Arizona:
- Southeast Regional Library
- Perry Library
- Gilbert Temple, Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day-saints
- St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church
- Golfland Sunsplash
- Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch
- San Tan Mountain Regional Park
- Freestone Park
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our offices located at 1447 West Elliot Road #103 in Gilbert! Stop by for a visit anytime!