Tucson Parks and Recreation


Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide Available Now

Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide for summer 2016 has arrived and copies are available for pick up at any Parks and Recreation center, pool, or administration office. Copies also will be available at local libraries or can be viewed online at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks.

The Activity Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, track and field events, sports camps, registration, and the Discount Program. To register, visit www.ezeereg.com. Timely registration is recommended, since summer offerings fill up quickly. Please see the Activity Guide for registration information and deadlines.

City residents:

  • Saturday, April 23 at 6 a.m. – In-Betweener’s Club and KIDCO
  • Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. - Leisure classes, Sports Camps, and Learn-to-Swim Lessons/Aquatics
  • Monday, April 25 at 9 a.m. – Gymnastics Camps, Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Adaptive Aquatics classes

Non-City residents:

  • Monday, April 25 at 9 a.m. for all offerings

For questions or more information on registration or programs, contact Registration Services at 791-4877.

View our online Activity Guide

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation seeks Further Public Input on Five-Year Master Plan

In July of 2015, the Department kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a vibrant new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input are critical to the success of the master plan.

Norris Design, the local consulting firm selected to assist and lead the planning effort, is conducting the public input process. Additional opportunities for input and updates are available through the project website or email. You can find Tucson Parks and Recreation on Facebook or the City of Tucson on Twitter.

Celebrate Park Improvements at Pueblo Gardens Park


City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, Housing and Community Development, and Tucson Parks and Recreation, invite you to celebrate park improvements at Pueblo Gardens Park. This project provided site and playground improvements focused on access for the disabled. Improvements included resurfacing two existing parking lots with ADA spaces, sidewalks throughout the site for access to various amenities, and new, accessible drinking fountains, picnic tables and accessible playground with shade canopy. Funding for this project came from Community Development Block Grant funds of $252,000.

Where: Pueblo Gardens Park, 2585 E. 36th St.
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10 a.m.
For more information: Contact Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager at 837-8032 or Sierra.Davenport@Tucsonaz.gov

Kennedy Park Master Plan Survey and Open House


Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department invite the public to participate in a survey regarding the future needs and improvements to John F. Kennedy Park. This is an opportunity for area residents, park patrons, user organizations, and interested citizens to provide input. The public is encouraged to provide their thoughts, ideas, and vision for the future of Kennedy Park. After the planning team has had an opportunity to review the initial public input, a follow-up meeting will be held to allow the public to review and provide comment on a draft master plan. While there are currently no funds available for future development, an updated Mayor and Council approved Master Plan is the first step towards seeking investments for park improvements.

John F. Kennedy Park is a 172-acre City park located near the intersection of Mission Road and Ajo Way in southwest Tucson. Existing facilities at Kennedy Park include:

Urban Fishing Lake Turf Grass Play Areas
Fiesta/Special Events Area Playgrounds
Little League Baseball and Softball Fields Picnic Ramadas
Multipurpose Sports Fields Desert Walking Paths
Tennis and Basketball Courts Swimming and Wading Pool (closed)

Individuals and user organizations can provide input by attending this public meeting held at Fred Archer Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd. (520-791-4553) on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:30-7 p.m., and by completing questionnaires and comment forms in person or through the links below. Input can also be provided by contacting the City’s Project Manager, Joe O’Neill (contact information is provided below).

John F. Kennedy Park Master Plan Question and Comment Form Parque John F. Kennedy Informe Actualizado del Plan Maestro

Contact: Joe O’Neill, Project Manager at Joe.O’Neill@tucsonaz.gov or call 520-837-8035

Go to the Project Website

Commemorative Trees Available at Pantano River Park for Spring 2016 Dedication


Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, announce the availability of commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Commemorative trees are available for purchase through Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each (partially tax-deductible), including the tree, irrigation lines and number marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, dedication certificate and guaranteed replacement. Trees may be purchased for dedication honoring special occasions, or in remembrance of any friend or family member.

Visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/other-programs/commemorative-tree-pa... to dedicate a commemorative tree, or call (520) 837-6832 for assistance.

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, dedicated trees will restore more than two miles of natural habitat, and will grow to provide shade for users of this multi-use path. More than 275 trees already have been planted of the 570 trees that eventually will fill this park.

Please save the date for an upcoming tree dedication ceremony that will include a reading of the names for whom trees have been dedicated, and names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. An informal walking tour of newly-dedicated trees concludes the ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided.

Who: Tree donors, park users and the public
What: Commemorative Tree Dedication
When: Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10 a.m.
Where: Pantano River Park - Garden of the Flute Players
Approximate address: 1750 S. Pantano Pkwy. Tucson, AZ 85710 - West side of Pantano Parkway, between 22nd St. and Golf Links Rd.

RSVP/Contact: B.J. Cordova, Membership& Communications Director, Tucson Clean & Beautiful
bj.cordova@tucsonaz.gov ( Bj.cordova@tucsonaz.gov ),(520) 837-6832 or https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/.

Tucson Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

On Sept. 14, 2015, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation was recognized again for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management by achieving national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department originally was accredited by CAPRA in October 2010, and as a requirement of agency accreditation, must go through a review process every five years. READ MORE

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