The Lakes at Ahwatukee was set up with restrictions to be maintained as open space.
While humans enjoyed the beautiful setting and a game of golf, The Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course as a whole (lakes and turf) is an integral part of the drainage system for water runoff from South Mountain Park.
It was (and can be again) home to a variety of wildlife.
The Lakes was a wonderful place for children to see wildlife and learn to observe nature. The Lakes habitat served an important niche in the local ecosystem attracting wildlife who served to control the rabbit, ground squirrel, rat, mouse, and insect populations. Many people living in the area have noticed a dramatic increase in the rodent and insect populations in the neighborhood since the balance of nature was destroyed by the loss of this habitat.
These photos were all taken of wildlife on The Lakes at Ahwatukee property. The Lakes may be owned by humans but the earth, sky, lakes, trees there belonged to nature and should remain an open space into the future.