El Rio Center

1390 W. Speedway Boulevard • Tucson AZ 85745
(520) 791-4683

Center Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays

Center Supervisor: Donna Trujillo - TPRD-ElRio@tucsonaz.gov

The El Rio Center is located in El Rio Park.

Center Use Rates Amenities Youth Programs
  Adult Programs Senior Programs


Center Use Rates

Daily, quarterly and annual passes are available.


Indoor Outdoor
Arts and crafts room Covered basketball court
Billiards/Ping-Pong/Foosball Outdoor patio
Conference room Outdoor stage area
Computer lab Playground
Kitchen Splash pad (seasonal)
Lobby/TV room  
Pottery room  
Senior room  
Weight room  
*Public WiFi Available  
indoor view of El Rio outdoor view of El Rio

Weight Room Orientation Classes

  • Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (Sign-up begins 15 minutes in advance; space is limited).
  • Parent/Guardian approval is required for all participants ages 14-17.
  • Participants ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent/designated adult when taking an orientation class.
  • Participants ages 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a designated adult, who has completed an orientation class, at all times while using Fitness Room equipment.



Youth Programs

Schoolzout program (Ages 5-11)

This program is for youth 5-11 years old, (Kindergarten through 5th grade only) during out of school time (Fall, Holiday and Spring Break). 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.

Youth Open Drop-in Recreation (Age 7+)
Monday-Thursday Noon-8 pm and Friday Noon-6 pm. Must be at least 7 years of age unless accompanied by a parent or adult.
Center offers table tennis, pool table, computers, and foosball. Daily center use fee or quarterly pass applies.

KIDCO program (Ages 5-11)
El Rio has school year KIDCO and summer KIDCO. For more information about the KIDCO program call 520-791-5909. Registration is through Registration Services at 520-791-4877. Fees vary based on time of the year.

Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Baile Folklorico
Tuesday, 6-7:45 p.m.
Thursday, 6-7 p.m.

Adult Programs

Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

Zumba - class offered through El Rio Health Center
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Baile Folklorico
Monday and Wednesday, 6-7:45 p.m.
*Center's daily use cost applies


Senior Programs

Senior Club

For ages 50+.  Mondays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
Senior Activity Card membership required ($25 City resident, $30 Non-City resident).

Activities for seniors ages 50+ include bingo, cards, bunco, guest speakers, crafts, exercise, field trips, cooking, special events, and more. Seniors have access to the weight room and gym on designated Club days at no additional cost.

Nutrition Program

We offer a meal program for seniors ages 60+ that is grant funded through Pima Council On Aging (PCOA. Meals are provided with the completion of free registration. Meal fees are donation only with a recommendation of $2. 

Enhance Fitness

Enhance Fitness is a class offered through Pima Council on Aging at the El Rio Center. This program offers four key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, and balance training critical to reducing the risk of falls. This class is taught by a certified instructor and accommodates all levels of fitness. Expect regular fitness checks along with a healthy dose of fun and socializing.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Note: Additional fees apply through Pima Council on Aging.

Transportation to the Center

We pick-up and drop-off seniors that live in the area. Join us for a day of fun, activities, food and the freedom from staying at home. Please call Diane at 520-837-8210 for more information about this great program.

Program includes:

  • Nutrition Class
  • Guest Speakers
  • Food Plus program Tasty Tidbits (cooking) -  Monday, 10-11 a.m.
  • Bingo - Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Crafts - Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Memory Game (improve your memory skills) - Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
  • Games - Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
  • Health and blood pressure - 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month
  • Field trips - dates/times vary
seniors around table seniors post for group photo