Armory Park Center

A Premier Vital Aging Center Committed to Excellence

Center Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Holidays

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

The Armory Park Center is located in Armory Park.

Amenities Senior Activity Card Weight Room Orientation Classes
Center History Schedule of Activities External Agencies' Services
Club #1 Volunteers  

Mission Statement

Armory Center is a vital aging center that enhances the quality of life for persons ages 50+ years by providing socialization, recreation, education, information, nutrition, social services and support. We include adults in programming decisions in a clean, safe, pleasing and inclusive environment.
Se habla Español.
 

Amenities

Indoor Outdoor
3 Meeting rooms Bocce courts
Multi-purpose room Horseshoes
Ballroom Outdoor performance area
Billards room Outdoor restrooms
Dining room Picnic tables
Fitness room Shuffleboard
Gift shop  
Library  

Silver Threads Newsletter

Pick-up a copy of our monthly Silver Threads Newsletter at the front desk … we have something for everyone!
 

Senior Activity Card (Ages 50+)

The Senior Activity Card is required to participate in Senior programs, services and activities and is accepted at all Centers which offer Senior programming.

Annual Senior Activity Card (Expires one year from date of issue)

  • $25.00 for City Residents
  • $30.00 for Non-City Residents

Card privileges include use of the facility and the nutrition program at the Armory Park Center.

Please see the Senior Programs website for more information on the Senior Activity Card and Senior Programs.
 

Weight Room Orientation Classes

  • Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 9:00 a.m. (Sign-up begins 15 minutes in advance; space is limited)
  • Participants must complete an Orientation class,before using Fitness Room equipment
     

Schedule of Activities

No Cost with Senior Activity Card, unless otherwise noted.

Health, Wellness, and Fitness

Qi’Gong
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Fitness Class
Monday and Thursday 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Chair Yoga
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:00 a.m. – noon
Vital Aging Tap Dance Class
Friday 10:00 – noon
Vital Aging Chair Exercise
Tuesday 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Health Clinic
1st Wednesday of month 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Pima County Health Department and Pima Council on Aging
Vital Aging Table Tennis, Match Play
Monday, Thursday, and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Vital Aging Table Tennis
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Zumba® Gold Express taught by Ernie Perez
Monday and Friday 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.
$1 suggested donation/class, walk-ins welcome

Zumba® Toning
Monday 5:45 – 7:00 p.m.
$3 suggested donation/class, walk-ins welcome
Zumba® Fitness Party
Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$3 per class suggested donation , walk-ins welcome
Hatha Yoga with Jeannine
Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$6 suggested donation per class or $5 suggested donation for Armory members

Games

Pool & Billiards
Daily
3 regulation pool tables and one billiard table
Wii Virtual Games
Monday and Friday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Play virtual golf or bowling in the dining room
Party Bridge
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, Noon-3:00 p.m.
BINGO
Tuesday, Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Loteria
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 

Dancing

Beginning Line Dancing
Friday 1:00 pm - 1:30 p.m.
Intermediate Line Dancing
Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Advanced Line Dancing
Friday 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon Ballroom Dancing
Every Saturday, 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
$2, Senior Activity Card required.
U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancing
3rd Saturday of the month
Lesson: 7:30-8:00 p.m. / Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Only $3 for Armory Park Center members.
(Senior Activity Card for discount)

Lindy Hop/Swing Dancing
4th Saturday of the month 7:00 p.m.
Basic lesson in the Jitterbug taught by Alex and Theresa from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., followed by live music until 11:00 p.m..
The band rotation varies upon availability. Currently we have Kings of Pleasure, Misbehavin', and Tucson Swings!
No partner is required. Cost varies $10-$15 depending on the band.
$2.00 discount for Armory Park Center members.
More information on Tucson Lindy Hop Society.

Hobbies/Interests/Crafts

Caring and Sharing
Thursday 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Sit and share stories and experiences. Coffee and refreshments to be served.
Card Making Class
2nd and 4th Wednesday  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Loom Class
1st and 3rd Wednesday 10:00–11:00 am
Golden Needles
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.– noon
Swap Meet
2nd Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Bring in your items or shop for that hidden treasure.
Sponsored by Club #1
Ceramics
Monday 1:00 pm –3:00 p.m.
See Class Catalog for dates and fees
Beading Class
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Canvas/Crochet
Thursday 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Quilting
Thursday 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Movie on the Big Screen
Wednesday 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Ukulele Class with Carol Humphrey
Tuesday 2:00– 3:00 p.m.
 

Education

Beginning Sign Language classes
Monday 10:00- 11:00 am
Computer and Internet Assistance
Monday through Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Beginning Spanish classes
Thursday 1:30 pm - 3:00pm
 

 

External Agencies' Services

Telephone Assistance Pilot Program
Help with filling out an application
Call 791-4865 for appointment
Benefit of Membership
Notary Public
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am -3:00 pm
Call 791-4865 for appointment
No Cost with Senior Activity Card
Tucson Community Food Bank Food Distribution
4th Wednesday of each month 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Senior Activity Card Not Required
AARP Income Tax Assistance
February – April 15th
Open to the Public
Al-Anon
Thursday 12:15 pm – 12:50 pm
Everyone is welcome to attend.
AARP Driving Classes
Call Jerry 791-4865 for more information.
Pima County Library Bookbike
4th Wednesday of each month 10: am – 11:00 am
Free books and reading glasses offered during this program
Senior Activity Card not required
PCOA Medicare Fair
1st Thursday of October
Open to the public.
Call 520-791-4865 for more information.

Senior Socialization and Nutrition Program

Healthy Dinner!
Monday through Friday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$2.00 suggested donation.
A daily nutritionally balanced meal is offered while encouraging social interactions with others. The Meal program provides eligible adults with a variety of foods from the basic food groups, leading to an overall healthier diet. Funded by: City of Tucson, Pima Council on Aging, DES, Aging and Adult Administration.
No Cost for Senior Activity Card if only attending this program.

Transportation

Members who are registered for the meal program (60+) and live in the 85701 zipcode can get a ride to and from the Center for meals and participation in socialization. CALL Ramona 791-4865 DAY IN ADVANCE TO ARRANGE a ride. $1.00 suggested donation. Funded by: CityofTucson, Pima Council on Aging, DES, Aging and Adult Administration.

Special Events

Birthday Party for Armory Members
Last Friday of the Month 12:00 pm
No Cost with Senior Activity Card.

Theme Parties
Planned, at least once a month by Armory staff.
Call 791-4865 for more information.

Trips
Planned, at least once a month by staff.
Call 791-4865 for more information.
 

Club #1

Club #1 Membership Meetings
Meetings every third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am.  All Members are encouraged to attend.

Club #1 is an integral part of Armory Park Center. They enhance programming through fundraising and play a role in the decision processes and assist in program funding. Elections for the Club Board are held annually. There are ample opportunities ranging from President to Members at Large!

Club #1 was organized in December 1959. The First Officers were elected in February 1960, and the first meeting place was at the Service Man’s Center downtown. The first programs included card games, dancing and other social events with lunch and coffee. The crafters enjoyed braiding bolo ties, leather tooling, simple jewelry, art and fancy needlework. The first year started with pot luck lunches, which drew more people and additional members. The City of Tucson financed the first expenses until additional monies were needed; these were raised with pie socials and bazaars.

By the end of 1960, Club #1 boasted membership of more than 200; the “Senior Citizens of America” granted the charter in March 1962. By 1963, the Club had temporarily moved to Randolph Old Club House while their home facility was being refurbished. March 1963 saw the dedication of the newly remodeled Club #1 Clubhouse.

In 1973, the Club’s membership grew so much that the Clubhouse was determined to be too small. In response to a petition for a larger meeting facility, the Clubhouse was inspected in 1974 and determined to be in poor condition. On 16 December 1974, the City of Tucson decided to demolish the old building. An architect was contracted to design a new building with at least 20,000 square feet of floor space for the same site and at a cost of $63,700.

March 1975 a tree was planted by the Soldier’s Monument to commemorate the new plan. On May 15, 1975 the Mayor and Council approved the new plans for the demolition of the old building and the construction of the new one. A Farewell Dance was held August 1, 1975, in the old building. Four days later, Club #1 programs were moved to the Scottish Rite Temple until the new building was complete.

The construction of the new building was completed December of 1976 at a final cost of $897,033. January 12, 1977, the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the new Armory Center were held, and Club #1 moved to its new home.
 

Our Volunteers

Armory Center would not be if it weren’t for the help and support from our community and volunteers.  If you would like to Volunteer at Armory Center call us at 520-791-4865 for more information.
 

Our History

original Armory building
Original Armory Building

As Arizona became the Union’s 48th state on 14 February 1912, Tucsonans were considering the construction of an armory. At that time, the Arizona National Guard was bivouacked at Military Plaza in today’s downtown Tucson, where they maintained a small facility for rifle practice.

A contemporary Arizona Daily Star Editorial documented the discussion, stating that the Armory (and a Convention Center) would bring more money into town and make Tucson life more pleasant. That article fueled the drive for the construction of an Armory.

In November 1913, the land between 12th and 13th Streets fronting 6th Avenue was deeded by the City of Tucson for use by the National Guard. By September 1914, the Armory building was completed at a final cost of $28,000 and seating for 2,200 people. According to official records, the City of Tucson paid for half the building costs, which were very low for that time, the surrounding buildings having allotted costs ranging from $40,000 to $125,000.

The first National Guard units to occupy the new Armory were Headquarters Co., E Co. and a medical attachment, all under the command of the Adjutant General, Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Harris. Many prominent Arizonans also assigned to the Armory included Millard G. Seeley, Dr. Early B. Turnage, and Colonel A. M. Tuthill.

During World Wars I and II, Armory was the site of military operations as well as numerous civilian activities, including political rallies, USO Shows, and University of Arizona basketball games. After World War II, the Armory Building was deemed inadequate for the National Guard, and the Guard moved to Randolph Park. The Armory Building was condemned and set to be demolished. Returned to the City of Tucson in early 1963 for the price of $1, it was remodeled re-christened as the Senior Center along with the other park facilities in the Military Plaza. In March 1963, the newly remodeled building was dedicated as the new Club #1 Clubhouse.