Tucson Parks and Recreation


Centers Closed for Annual Cleaning/Maintenance

Recreation Centers are closed once a year to do a deep cleaning, maintenance and refinish some of the gym floors. Please be advised of the closures scheduled and make arrangements to go to another center near you during those times. Check Center information at: www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/recreation-centers and click on the Center of your choice.


2016 Summer Athletic Field Closures

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department will be closing several of its athletic fields through the summer for turf maintenance and enhancements.  The closures are necessary in order to give crews the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance on the fields by aerating, fertilizing, re-seeding, and giving the turf time to heal and grow in preparation for fall sports activities.  City staff strives to provide the public and various user groups with the best sports fields possible.  Everyone is requested to observe the "Field Closed" signs and stay off the turf to assist with the success of the renovations.  Go to the Sports Unit page for the schedule of closures.


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.

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

View our online Activity Guide


Himmel Park Beautification Project

Tucson Parks and Recreation and The Himmel Park Beautification Project Committee just celebrated the newly-renovated landscaping in front of Himmel Park Library. Three years ago, organizers of the Sam Hughes Home Tour began thinking about how to spend some of the proceeds in a highly-visual, sustainable, collaborative, and aesthetic project. What beckoned their attention was the unwelcoming space in front of the well-used Himmel Park Public Library, the oldest branch in the Pima County Library system.

The Himmel Park Beautification Project Committee enlisted input from the UA School of Landscape Architecture to develop a plan, which the public was invited to view and offer suggestions. Continuing with the collaboration goal, the committee partnered with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for design expertise. Northwest Landscaping provided the drip irrigation, created swales and mounds using decomposed granite, set the donor pavers, and oversaw the installation. Tucson Parks and Recreation prepared the site, poured cement foundations, and installed the bike racks and benches. Civano Nursery provided trees and shrubs at a discounted price. Neighborhood artists created bike racks and tiled benches. Edge High School students painted the traffic bollards and Pima County Public Library painted the soffits on the library. Sixty-two volunteers gathered to complete the project by planting 130 native plants and shrubs, 12 trees, and spread 62 tons of decomposed granite. Special thanks to Dunn Edwards and Ace Hardware for donating paint and Blake’s Lotaburger for feeding the volunteers.


City of Tucson Parks and Recreation 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 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.

For more information: Contact Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager at 837-8032 or Sierra.Davenport@Tucsonaz.gov


Commemorative Trees Available at Pantano River Park

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.

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.

Visit Tucson Clean & Beautiful to dedicate a commemorative tree, or call (520) 837-6832 for assistance.


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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