Gene C. Reid Park
Georges DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center: 800 S. Concert Pl.
Cele Peterson Rose Garden: 920 S. Concert Pl.
Hi Corbett Field: 3400 E. Camino Campestre
Miko's Corner Playground Dog Park: 910 S. Concert Pl.
900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson AZ 85716
Metro Park • 156.2 acres • Ward 6
Gene C. Reid Park Master Plan Development
The City of Tucson is embarking on an exciting plan for Gene C. Reid Park! Rooted in conversations with the community and rigorous understanding of the park's phyisical conditions, the purpose of this master plan will be to arrive at a design that protects the best of the park, while casting a vision for future improvements.
What's your favorite spot in Reid Park? Where do you park? What do you wish was there? Give us your feedback on the current programming and your priorities for the future park in this 10-minute, fun, map-based survey. Your input will directly influence the design ideas that are generated for Gene C. Reid Park. Visit bit.ly/reidparkreimagined to take the survey, learn more, and share your ideas. The survey will close on Tuesday, May 31, at 11:59 p.m.
Miko's Corner Playground Dog Park
910 S. Concert Pl.
(use Picnic Place or Concert Place entrances off S. Country Club Rd.) Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Closed for Maintenance: Thursdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Separate Large and Small Dog Areas: Yes
Named after Miko, a TPD police dog that lost its life in the line of duty, this dog park's features include lights, three double entry gates, divided 2-acre site for large and small dogs, dog-friendly potable water fountains, and a ramada with tables.
In response to requests from patrons, there is no smoking allowed in the dog park.
Cele Peterson Rose Garden
- Subject to closures for event reservations (call 791-4873, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to inquire about special event closures).
- Closed annually from December 1 through March 31 for pruning and cleaning.
The department is undergoing a restoration project at the rose garden to bring back this historical place to its original condition. This will be a three-phase project, estimated to be completed over three years (2022-2024). Future fundraising efforts will be announced once finalized.
- Arizona Conservation Core to complete all weeding and dead-wood and poor-condition plant removal.
- Friends of the Rose Garden will be involved in assisting with the identification of the plants to be removed
- Replacement of existing fence
- Front entrance will be updated to include concrete flooring, bulletin board, replacement of benches, pavers for the first phase of a memorial brick program, and metal planters.
- Planting of new rose bushes thanks to Magic Nursery (planned to be planted in time for the spring growing season)
What to expect
- Clean up the garden and align it for the major construction work in phase 2
- Start the plants restorative growth and ensure soil conditions to sustain them
- Summer of 2022 the garden may or may not look sparse depending on the final number of plants that are rootstock are removed
- Replacement of the entire irrigation system
- Formalizing the garden beds with concrete headers to also discourage walking through the beds while visiting the garden
- Three additional paver installations at the end of the remaining three concrete walkways
- Filling in any areas still missing rose bushes to restore the beds to their original counts
Phase 3 (Note Phase 3 may or may not be needed based on the success of fundraising efforts)
- Signage within the garden, identification of beds, roses, and memorial plantings
- Front entry signage, and outward-facing materials, some require repair or replacement and the addition of the recognition of the Cele Peterson memorial name
The rose garden was opened in Gene C. Reid Park in 1960 and was originally a test garden through a partnership with the University of Arizona. When the garden opened it had 232 rose beds. Today the Rose Garden contains more than 100 species of roses and 800 individual plants. The Reid Park Rose Garden received the Garden of the Year Award from the American Rose Society's Pacific Southwest District in 2012.
The Rose Garden is maintained by City of Tucson Parks and Recreation in conjunction with volunteers from The Friends of the Reid Park Rose Garden through an ongoing partnership. Volunteers assist park maintenance workers in trimming, watering, feeding, and pruning the roses. The Rose Society of Tucson also has been a partner with the City in the development and promotion of the garden for many years. Donations to the Rose Garden for maintenance and upkeep and can be made through the Tucson Parks Foundation.
On April 23, 2019, the Reid Park rose garden was named for business owner, philanthropist, and Tucson icon, Cele Peterson. Ms. Peterson contributed to Tucson in many ways including leading by example in a wide variety of social causes and founding the Tucson Children's Museum, the Arizona Theater Company, the Arizona Opera, and Casa de los Ninos.
Park Rx is a public health initiative that promotes healthy communities. Park Rx provides a unique patient-provider relationship where providers prescribe nature as a means to develop an exercise routine and use their neighborhood parks to do fun physical activities.
Park Rx map for Gene C. Reid Park (Arroyo Chico Greenway)(PDF, 2MB)
Park Rx Program page
Hi Corbett Field
Hi Corbett Field, originally named Randolph Municipal Baseball Park, was built in 1927. Initial home teams include the Tucson Waddies and the Tucson Cowboys of the Arizona State League. In 1931, the Tucson Missions played in the Arizona-Texas League. The team became the Tucson Lizards in 1932. The Tucson Cowboys then occupied the ballpark from 1933 to 1958.
In 1946, the Cleveland Indians moved their spring training operations to Tucson. Hiram Steven Corbett, a long-time Arizona state senator and president of the Tucson Baseball Commission, played a key role in luring the Indians to Tucson. In 1951 the ballpark was renamed in honor of Corbett and has been known as Hi Corbett Field since then. Hi Corbett Field continued to be the home of the Cleveland Indians spring training for 46 years. The Colorado Rockies made Tucson their spring training home from 1993 to 2010. Hi Corbett Field has also been the home of the Class AAA Tucson Toros, Arizona Fall Baseball League Tucson Javelinas, USA Baseball, the National Pro Fastpitch League Arizona Heat, and the Golden Baseball League Tucson Torros.
Today, Hi Corbett Field is home to Arizona Wildcats Baseball.
Hi Corbett Field history(PDF, 759KB)
In 1993, the Tucson Parks Commission unanimously approved naming the large hill between the two lakes in Gene C. Reid Park "Barnum Hill" in memory of Willis E. Barnum (1880-1971). In 1925, Mr. Barnum and his wife, Laura Jane English (1880-1966), financed the purchase of a 480-acre parcel of land which he deeded to the city and is now home to Gene C. Reid Park and Randolph Park today.
900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson 85716 View Map