Gene C. Reid Park

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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


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.

Pardon our dust

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 multi-phased project, estimated to be completed over three - five years (2022-2026). The approach allows for funding and staffing/volunteer resources to be used as available to allow for a sustainable renovation of the Rose Garden for long term public enjoyment of this asset.

Phase 1 (2022) - Completed

  • Arizona Conservation Core were engaged to complete all weeding and dead-wood and poor-condition plant removal.
  • Friends of the Rose Garden assisted with the identification of the plants to be removed due to poor condition.
  • Through the Pima County Extension Office, master gardeners visited the site to confirm conditions and make recommendations on a rebuilding of the garden approach.
  • Entire perimeter fence was replaced due to decay of the original fence.
  • Front entrance was 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 donated by Magic Nursery in response to their closing of the business.

Phase 2 (2023) - Completed

  • Replacement of the entire irrigation system.
  • Removed all remaining poor condition or dead bushes.

Phase 3 – (2024 – 2025) – Ongoing

  • Mapping of a phased replanting of the garden, 2024 target 100 – 150 new rose bushes, keeping with varieties previously found in the beds.
  • Leveling the ground and compacting dirt walkways to allow accessible and safe pathways thru the garden.
  • Fertilizing and mulching of the garden to assist with rose bush health and prevention of weed growth.
  • Anticipation of additional planting of rose bushes in 2025 and possibly 2026.

Long range planning and funding needs

  • 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, forecasting to be fundraising opportunity with memorial brick program.
  • Stabilized walkway solutions for better ADA accessibility.
  • 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.

Gene C Reid rose garden

Gene C Reid roses

Background on the Rose Garden.

  • 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 and planted by Robert Charles. When the garden opened it had 232 rose beds.
  • 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 that include The Friends of the Rose Garden
  • Volunteers assist park maintenance workers in trimming, watering, feeding, and pruning the roses. 
  • Donations to the Rose Garden for maintenance and upkeep and can be made through the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department.
  • 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

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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)

Barnum Hill

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.

Contact Us

Contact Information

Phone: 520-791-4873
Class Registration: 520-791-4877
Fax: 520-791-4008

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Location

900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson 85716  View Map

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