Tucson Parks and Recreation became a recognized department in November of 1961. It was initiated through the passage of a Charter amendment which combined the Recreation Division and the Parks Division from Public Works. Today, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of parks, recreation facilities and program experiences equitably throughout the community. Programs are developed and maintained to the highest quality, ensuring a safe environment with exceptional service resulting in the development of lifetime customers. Services demonstrate a positive economic investment through partnerships with other service providers, both public and private, ensuring a high quality of life for Tucsonans of all ages and abilities.
The department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 126 parks, nineteen recreation centers, twenty-six swimming pools, three tennis centers, the nationally accredited Reid Park Zoo, three urban fishing lakes, nature trails, sports fields, open space and undeveloped properties, special places and hundreds of programs, including large special events that are offered throughout the year. The City of Tucson is comprised of 236 square miles and has a population of 526,000 residents. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has made a conscious effort to support and preserve Tucson's rich, multi-cultural heritage. The community’s legacy is shown through its historic buildings and neighborhoods as well as the wealth of archaeological resources which provide information about cultures of the past. The department has created several parks and special places that celebrate Tucson’s rich history.
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