Town officials posted on the town website July 24 the request for qualifications notice, which describes what the town is looking for and application deadlines.
"It is just an exploratory request to see what type of interest there might be," said Robert Carmona, the director of parks and recreation for the town. "We don't necessarily have it narrowed down in scope; we are just looking to see what the private sector developers would like to do on that site."
Phase one of Gilbert Regional Park, a 272-acre project off Queen Creek and Higley roads, is scheduled to finish in September. That phase will bring in The Mountain—the name of the park's playground—and a 6,000-square-foot splash pad, Carmona said.
About 47 acres of the massive park is dedicated to public-private partnerships, one of which is The Strand @ Gilbert, a 25-acre water park expected to open in 2021.
The deadline for project proposals is Sept. 4.