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Summer Program Guide (printable copy)


Tucson Parks and Recreation Departments Summer 2014 Program Guide and Class Catalog will arrive Monday, April 14 and copies will be available for pick up at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers and pools. The summer issue can also be viewed on-line at: Friday, April 11.
The Program Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration and the Discount Program. In addition, the 76-page booklet contains valuable information on other programs and services, including the Departments recreation, senior, and fitness centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses and 18 swimming pool locations.

Use the EZEEreg Registration system, either online at: www.ezeereg.comor by phone at 573-3933. Timely registration is recommended, since summer offerings fill up quickly.

City residents:
Saturday, April 26 at 6 a.m.  - InBetweeners, Sports Camps, Junior Staff in Training, and KIDCO
Sunday, April 27 at 6 a.m. - Leisure classes and Learn-to-Swim Lessons/Aquatics
Wednesday, April 30 at 8 a.m. - Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Adaptive Aquatics classes

Non-City residents:
Wednesday, April 30 at 6 a.m for all offerings
Please see the program guide for registration information and deadlines. 

For questions or more information on registration or programs contact Registration Services at 791-4877. Have you taken a class with us? Tell us how we are doing by taking our survey at


Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, announce the dedication of 27 commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Each tree to be dedicated has been purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family. The dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for which trees have been dedicated, and names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. At the conclusion of the ceremony attendees are invited for a brief walking tour of the newly dedicated trees.

The new Pantano River Park commemorative tree program is based upon the success of the completed El Paseo de los Arboles commemorative tree project where 600 trees were added on the Santa Cruz River bank. Over the next several years 570 total trees will be added along the Pantano Wash. The dedicated trees will restore over two miles of natural habitat, and will grow to provide shade for users of this year-old multi-use path. Commemorative trees are available for purchase through Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each, including the tree, irrigation lines and numbered marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, and guaranteed replacement. Tree purchases are partially tax-deductible. Trees are still available for this dedication.

Who: Tree donors, park users and the public

What: Commemorative Tree Dedication

When: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Where: Pantano River - Garden of the Families, 2500 S. Pantano Pkwy (West side of Pantano Parkway NORTH of Golf Links Rd)

Note:  On-site parking is limited, carpooling encouraged. Additional parking available SOUTH of Golf Links & Pantano Parkway at Michael Perry Park, 2755 S. Pantano Pkwy., Tucson, AZ  85730 - a short 0.4 mile walk or bike ride to the northwest along Pantano River Park. A shuttle will be on site beginning at 9 a.m. to transport people from Michael Perry Park to the event site.

Contact: B.J. Cordova, Director of Programs, Tucson Clean and Beautiful or 520-837-6832 or visit for more information


From the street, Armory Park Senior Center could be any attractive, busy hub, within a community. But look closer its a place where active adults can share a delicious meal, socialize, enroll in wellness related classes, participate in lifelong learning classes such as computers, yoga, writing and more.

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and the Pima Council on Aging offer a lunch program at 8 different locations throughout Tucson. Meals are generally served at noon Monday through Friday. Individuals ages 60 and over and their spouses of any age are invited to participate. Meals are prepared to provide 1/3 of the daily recommended dietary allowances. They are low in fat, sugar and salt, but are not for special diets. A donation of $2 per meal is suggested, which helps to support the program. Meals are provided on a reservation basis and must be reserved the week prior.

To coincide with the lunch program at some locations, there is a Healthy Aging program designed to enhance quality of life for  a lifetime of independent living. Healthy Aging programs provide opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people,  and rediscover  old interests. Activities  include health and wellness classes, arts and crafts, speakers, special events and day trips just to name a few. 

Also available, at certain locations, is the Enhance Fitness program, an ongoing low-to-moderate level exercise class taught by a certified instructor, including a 20-minute low-impact aerobic segment, stretches, and structured strength training exercise using weights.  Classes include sitting and standing components.

A transportation subsidy may be available to individuals with a current ADA Eligibility Card issued by the City of Tucson.

The Senior Lunch Program is funded by the Pima Council on Aging, the Arizona Department of Economic Security/Division of Aging and Adult Services, the City of Tucson, United Way and your donations.

For more information or to find out what is available at a location near you, please contact one of the sites below. Tucson Parks and Recreation locations which host the Senior Lunch Meal Program:

Armory Park Senior Center
220 S. 5th Avenue
Monday Friday: 1 p.m. 4 p.m.: 

Armory Park  is unique in that it
does not require prior reservations
at this time; and also offers an evening
meal that starts at 3:30 p.m.

Clements Regional Center
8155 E. Poinciana Dr.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

El Rio Center
1390 W. Speedway
Monday Friday 9 a.m. 1 p.m.

Fred Archer Center
1665 S. La Cholla
Monday Friday: 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Freedom Park Center
5000 South 29th Street
Monday Friday: 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Donna Liggins Center
2160 N. 6th Avenue
Monday Friday: 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
El Pueblo Neighborhood Center
101 W. Irvington Road
Tucson, Arizona 85714
Monday Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m
Quincie Douglas Senior Center
1575 E. 36th St.
Tucson, Arizona 85713
Monday Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m



The City of Tucson’s Michael Perry Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. Michael Perry Park is located at 2755 S. Pantano Parkway on Tucson’s east side at Golflinks Road and Pantano Parkway. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Michael Perry Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Michael Perry Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Fred Gray, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Michael Perry Park. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit


The Garden of Gethsemane has been open to the public for more than 30 years, and at one time sculptured figures were also in the Santa Cruz riverbed, as well as along the bank.

A sculpture and plaque dedicated to artist Felix Lucero, who died in 1951, is featured at the entrance to the garden. Lucero, with no formal training in art, originally created all the art pieces from sand from the Santa Cruz riverbed and originally used plaster, later cement.  The site has been considered an important cultural site for the local neighborhood, with dozens of Quinceañeras and marriages performed there.

While the current Garden home of the statuary has protected the artist’s fine, primitive, sculpture in cement from the ravages of the river’s monsoon currents, it has not protected the fine sculptural details from aging of materials, well intentioned but damaging repairs, and occasional vandalism. With the efforts of the Knights of Columbus, a grant for $51,000 was secured from the Salvador Foundation of Colorado Springs, Colorado for the repair and restoration of seventeen major items of statuary. In May 2012, Sir Knight Mario Vassallo, President of the Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter of the Knights of Columbus announced the completion and execution of an agreement for the restoration of the 17 items to be completed by artist Gregory Schoon.

The effort to secure the grant and negotiate the work agreement with the artist Greg Schoon has been performed and overseen by the Gethsemane Advisory Board that is comprised of Chairman Mario Vassallo; Project Engineer SK Ralph E Montijo, Administrator for the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Peg Weber, and Projects Manager for the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Mary Ellen Wooten. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department would like to acknowledge the interest, generosity and participation of the Knights of Columbus, the Salvador Foundation, and the Tucson Pima Arts Council for their interest in the Garden of Gethsemane and their generosity, cooperation and assistance.

Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing, or 520-837-8032


The Tucson Parks Foundation, a local non-profit organization, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013. Founded in 1983, the organization was established to help raise funds to support the facilities and programs of the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated in excess of $3 million to help fund playground structures, pool equipment and structures, programs and camping equipment for at risk youth, handicap friendly transportation, and artwork. From 1988 through 2004, the Tucson Parks Foundation hosted the Women's Professional Golf Tournament in Tucson, one of the longest running stops on the LPGA Tour.

“The Tucson Parks Foundation is excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary.  For the past 30 years we have been dedicated to supporting and enhancing the work of the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department to enrich the recreational needs of Tucson’s children and families.  We are proud to serve our community and would like to thank the local businesses and everyone who has donated to our organization in the past. It’s your support that makes all this possible,” says Cathy Morentin, President of the Tucson Parks Foundation. 

For the past five years, the Foundation has conducted the Million Dollar Hole-In-One Contest at the Randolph Golf Complex, allowing us to fund five shade structures for playground equipment at local parks. The goal in funding the shade structures is to help fight childhood obesity, allowing comfortable use of the equipment for a greater portion of the year, while at the same time protecting children from sun related illnesses. The 4th and 5th shade structures are being constructed this summer. The 6th Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One Contest is scheduled for March 2014.

For more information contact Cathy Morentin, President of the Tucson Parks Foundation at


The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is now renting bicycles to use on the new Atturbury Wash Greenway Path. Bikes can be checked out at the William Clements Regional Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bikes are available in adult and youth sizes and can be rented, weather permitting, for a fee of $2 per hour for pass holders, $5 per hour for non pass holders, and $10 per hour for a family. Youth 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bike rentals include a helmet, which must be worn while riding. An equipment waiver must be completed at the time of check out and a valid drivers license will need to be held as collateral. Bikes are rented on a first come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.

This three-quarter mile multi-use path runs through Lincoln Park, linking the Fred Enke Golf Course, Pima College East Campus, Clements Center, the Children's Outdoor Performance Area, the new Lincoln Park four-field softball complex, Lower Lincoln Park, and the Michael Lyman Atturbury Wash Animal and Bird Sanctuary. A central plaza is located along the path at the junction that accesses the Children's Outdoor Performance Area and the four-field softball complex.

April is Bike Month, so get out and check out the new trail! For more information please contact Liz Baechler at 837-8103 or


Tucson Parks and Recreation is proud to announce that its very own Reid Park Rose Garden has received the Pacific Southwest District 2012 Garden of the Year Award. The Pacific Southwest District of the American Rose Society presented the award in the fall 2012 which was submitted by the Rose Society of Tucson. The Rose Garden represents an on-going partnership with the Friends of The Reid Park Rose Garden who volunteer regularly to maintain the property. The garden originally opened in 1960 with 232 rose beds. Come check out the Rose Garden while it is in full bloom and see why it earned this award. More than 100 species of roses and 800 individual plants are housed in the Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is typically in full bloom in the spring during March and April and in the fall around October and November. The beautiful and colorful Rose Garden is centrally located in Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road, and has a large gazebo with six benches and electrical outlets. It is open from sunrise to 5 p.m. 365 days a year, except for special reserved events.

For information on reserving the site for weddings, birthdays and parties, can be obtained by calling 791-5930.


On October 26, 2010, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department was recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by becoming one of only ninety-seven agencies in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was announced at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2010 Congress and Exposition.

Additional Accreditation information


Effective April 2011, the Parks and Recreation Discount Program has changed – offering a 50% discount for select programs and 25% discount for passes for qualifying participants on specific programs and passes. The program is in accordance with the Department’s Revenue and Pricing Policy adopted by Mayor and Council on January 5, 2010, and amended on February 15, 2011. The program benefits City of Tucson residents who provide documented proof of city residency, household size and household income.

2014 DISCOUNT-QUALIFYING PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Service Levels 1 & 2 programming
50% discount eligible-programs
• KIDCO (school-year/summer)
• Teen Programs (Jr. Leadership, IBC)
• Therapeutic Recreation
• Group Learn-to-Swim Lessons

25% discount eligible-passes
• Swimming Passes (multi use/seasonal)
• Recreation Center Memberships (Quarterly, Annual, Walking)
• Basic Senior Recreation (activity cards)

• Class Registration Services: 900 South Randolph, 791-4877
• East District Office: 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., 791-5934
• Archer Center: 791-4355
• Adaptive Rec Center: 791-5643
• Armory Center: 791-4865
• Clements Center: 791-5787
• El Pueblo Center: 791-5155
• El Rio Center: 791-4683
• Freedom Center: 791-4969
• Northwest Center: 791-3247
• Quincie Douglas: 791-2507
• Randolph Center: 791-4560
• Santa Rosa Center: 791-4589
• Udall Center: 791-4931