Donna R. Liggins Center

Donna R. Liggins Center

Regional Center
The Donna R. Liggins Center is located in Mansfield Park

Escape the heat at our center!

Donna Liggins Center is hosting cooling stations for individuals to get relief from the summer heat. 

The cooling station will be available from noon-4 p.m., daily through August 31 (except for holidays and maintenance closures).

Water bottles and other resources will be provided when available. 

Free Open Recreation time for youth


If you have kids looking for something to do this summer, look no further. Youth can hang out for FREE at Donna Liggins Center after 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in June and July. They will have a cool, safe and fun place to spend time with friends or make new ones. They will have free access to recreation amenities. Children ages 7 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. 

Employee Spotlight

Meet Jerry Kincade, Recreation Assistant!

Jerry has been with Tucson Parks and Recreation for 28 years! His commitment and dedication have helped ensure the success of dozens of programs and events, including Ready, Set, Rec!, Boo Bash, Eggstravaganza, Senior Olympics, Pickleball Tournaments, Family Night, Santa's Calling, KIDCO, and so many more.

Outside of work, Jerry enjoys tinkering with home projects, and in his words - "following America's team. How 'bout dem Cowboys?"



Gym Schedule

Memberships or daily fees are required for access.

Drop-in Pickleball
Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (6 courts)
Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (3 courts) 

Drop-in Basketball
Monday: (Half Court) 2-5 p.m. - (Full Court) 5- 8 p.m.
Tuesday: (Half  Court) 3-8 p.m.
Wednesday: (Half Court) 2-5 p.m. - (Full Court) 5-8 p.m.
Thursday: (Half  Court) 3-8 p.m.
Friday: (Full Court) 3-6 p.m.
Saturday: Half court 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Half Court)

Wheelchair Basketball
Tuesday and Thursday: 5-8 p.m. (Half gym) 
Lobos Wheelchair Basketball for ages 16+ on Tuesday/Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports 6-16 years on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Open Recreation

  • Ages 7 and older (unless accompanied by a parent or adult)
  • Includes gym, game room, and public computers
  • Daily fee or center use pass fees apply

Weight Room

  • Participants must complete an orientation class before using fitness room equipment
  • Participants ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult when taking an orientation class
  • Participants ages 14 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult who has completed an orientation class
  • Weight Room Orientation Video - A release form must be completed at the recreation center acknowledging that you have watched the video

Youth Programs

School's Out program (Ages 5-11)

This program is for youth 5-11 years old, (Kindergarten through 5th grade only) during fall, winter, and spring breaks. Activities are supervised, engaging and fun. Includes games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects and nutrition based learning activities. Contact Center staff or see the Youth Programs page for more information.



Adult Programs

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis:  Free class for adults, ages 18+ held at Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N 6thAve.
    Combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Class can be done standing or from a seated position.  Call 520-791-4504 for more information or to reserve a spot for your first class.

Senior Programs

Senior Activity Calendar(PDF, 240KB)

Senior Meal Program

  • Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.
  • Social activities and nutritious meals for people 60 and older.
  • $2 suggested donation
  • $8 for guests not eligible for the program.
  • Pre-registration is required. Call the center for more information or to register. 

Room Rentals

Small Room
(475 Sq Ft.)
Medium Room
(1520 Sq. Ft.)
Large Room
(2400 Sq. Ft.)
Room Numbers 108, 177, 136, 208, 210 134 163
City Res / Non Res $16 / $20 per hr $34 / $42 per hr $100 / $125 (½ Rm. $50/$6
Non-Profit Price $8 per hr. $17 per hr. $25 per hr.
Capacity 20 50 100

Room Rentals

Room Rentals Small Room (475 Sq Ft.) Medium Room (1520 Sq. Ft.) Large Room (2400 Sq. Ft.)

Room Numbers 108, 177, 136, 208, 210 134 163

City Res / Non Res $16 / $20 per hr. $34 / $42 per hr. $100 / $125 (½ Rm. $50/$62

Non-Profit Price $8 per hr. $17 per hr. $25 per hr.

Capacity 20 50

External Agencies' Services

NAACP- 520-622-8277

Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Federally funded program for low-income children and families to promote health and education.
For information contact Headstart at 520-884-8180

Donna R. Liggins

The Donna R. Liggins Center is named after Donna Liggins, a resident of the Sugar Hill neighborhood since 1965 and a former City employee since 1968. In her almost 40 years with the City of Tucson, Donna worked at nine different centers. She worked for the center which now bears her name and was formerly known as Northwest Center. Donna Liggins has lived in Tucson for more than 50 years and is a longtime advocate for civil rights and improving the lives of women in our community. She has served the community through numerous organizations, including the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, the Black Women's Task Force, the Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, and the Juneteenth Committee. Donna Liggins was also the president of the NAACP Tucson Chapter, which she still actively supports. Liggins believes in the intrinsic value of spirituality, family, neighborhood, and community, and remains a proactive and committed member of our community.

Richard "Higgie" Higginbotham

Higginbotham's career included positions with Tucson Parks and Recreation and the Department of Corrections. He was also a key representative on the Pro Neighborhood Development and Grant Board. For many years, he worked as a high school and college sports official and was an accomplished Senior Olympian who competed in may sporting events, winning more than 125 medals. Higginbotham volunteered in the Tucson community, and his efforts were recognized with a dedication and naming of the Donna R. Liggins Center gymnasium in his honor. He died in 2005.

Higginbotham's obituary.


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