Tucson Parks and Recreation


Restricted Access to Sentinel Peak Park ("A" Mountain)

Sentinel Peak Park, also known as "A" Mountain, will be closed on the following dates:

  • Sunday, October 23, 2016, starting at 4:00 p.m. all vehicular traffic will be prohibited to allow the University of Arizona to light the "A" to kick off homecoming week.  The park will reopen on Monday morning, October 24, with no restrictions
  • Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016, Sentinel Peak Park will host the Get Moving Half Marathon which will restrict user access.  In order to accommodate the athletes, Sentinel Peak Road will close at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 and will reopen on Sunday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m.


Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guide Available Now

Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Activity Guide for Fall 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, KIDCO, aquatics, 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

2016 Fall Athletic Field Closures

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be closing several of its athletic fields through the fall 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 spring sports activities. City staff strives to provide the public and various user groups with the best sports fields possible.

“The weather in Tucson affords us the great opportunity to play sports year-round,” said Deputy Director Mike Hayes. “However, the heavy utilization of the limited number of athletic fields available results in the need to allow the fields to recover and rejuvenate during the fall months. Everyone is requested to observe the field closed signs and stay off the turf to assist with the success of the renovations.”

The department utilizes a Rain Out Hotline that residents can call to determine the status of all City maintained sports fields. This phone line, 520-837-8110, is updated by 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, every time there are field closures due to weather or any other unforeseen events. Sports field closure information also is posted on the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Sports Unit website, Facebook, and Twitter.

For more information regarding City-maintained sports fields, contact the Tucson Parks and Recreation Sports Unit at 520-791-4870 or sportsunit@tucsonaz.gov.


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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