In 2011, a new Children’s Playground was opened in the Gardens. This interactive play space is recommended for children 5–12, and includes a unique Gila Monster slide!
Carefree’s “Little Free Library” is adjacent to the Gila Monster Playground in the west side of the Gardens, permitting easy access for children and adults. Visitors are encouraged to select a favorite book to read, or leave a beloved book behind for someone else to find.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the “Little Free Library”, underwritten by longtime Carefree residents Linda and Mark Putney on behalf of the Desert Foothills Library, was dedicated in the Gardens. The “Little Free Library” project is a neighborhood book exchange that promotes literacy and the love of reading.
Volunteers from the Desert Foothills Library maintain the Little Free Library. Books are supplied by Chapter 2 Bookstore, located inside the library.