Welcome to the Encanto Citizens Association website. The Encanto Citizens Association, founded over four decades ago, proudly holds the title of Phoenix’s first neighborhood organization committed to historic preservation.
Who we are. The Encanto Citizens Association (ECA) is the neighborhood organization that represents our neighbors in the Encanto-Palmcroft historic district, bounded generally by McDowell Road to the south, Encanto Blvd to the north, 7th Avenue to the east, and 15th Avenue to the west, including the historically recognized Encanto Park. We have worked closely with our neighboring historic districts in the past and we continue to work with them on issues that affect all of Phoenix’s thirty-five historic districts.
The ECA led the efforts to list the Encanto-Palmcroft neighborhood and Encanto Park on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, with boundary expansions in 1992 and 1994.
What we do. We have taken part in many significant projects over the past four decades. One of our signature accomplishments was helping lead the fight to take the central Phoenix link of the I-10 Papago Freeway, initially designed to soar 100 feet above historic neighborhoods, and put it in its current form below grade, preserving historic buildings and numerous cultural gems that all Phoenicians enjoy.
Our current project is the Renaissance of the Gardens, designated as an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project. The Valley Garden Center is on 15th Avenue just north of McDowell Road and is part of our National Register of Historic Places designation. The Renaissance of the Gardens encompasses the Arboreal Garden and Rose Garden, located at 15th Ave and Palm Lane.