Special Places

In addition to parks, recreation centers, and pools, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of facilities and special places that can comfortably accommodate picnics, parties, and weddings.  Our facilities offer stunning outdoor locations, unique mountain views, opportunities to enjoy Tucson's diverse cultures, and opportunities to enhance the quality of life of our citizens.

For more information about a facility see the details below.
To reserve one of the facilities, please use the contact information listed with each site or call our Administration Office (520-791-4873, option 3).
Rental fees apply.


Abraham Lincoln Park Children’s Outdoor Performance Area (COPA)

Clements Recreation Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive, 520-791-5787

The Children's Outdoor Performance Area (COPA) is available for rental only. This 2.5 acre special event area is beautifully landscaped and contains a gazebo which covers 700 square feet and can easily accomodate your celebration.  The two lighted ramada structures allow for food setup, more lighting, decorating and music.  Because there are six outlets in the Gazebo, it can be decorated with lights for weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, or any other celebration. The COPA is not designed for large scale concerts.  The COPA is fenced with locking gates; an access key is required for access with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.


El Presidio Park

160 W. Alameda St., 520-791-4873, option 5

Located downtown between City Hall and the Old County Courthouse, this large, paved plaza contains veterans' memorials, small rose garden area, large fountain, various art pieces including the Mormon Battalion, the El Soldado Cuero (a statue to a Conquistador) and several pieces of modern art. El Presidio Park is a favorite location for many community festivals, political gatherings and weddings. Public wireless is available in this area.


El Tiradito

400 S. Main Ave., 520-791-4873, option 5

Also known as the Wishing Shrine, El Tiradito is a small site on dirt grounds featuring a shrine dedicated to star-crossed lovers. There is an adobe wall with niches where people place small mandas (promises) or pray for successful ventures. The shrine holds a votive candle stand. There is also a drinking fountain.

El Tiradito is the site of small weddings and is frequently used for candlelight ceremonies. El Tiradito is on the Historic Register and is a unique part of Tucson history.



Fort Lowell Park - Ramada 7

2900 N. Craycroft Rd., 520-791-4873, option 5

Ramada 7 has two tables, a BBQ area, power and lights. The ramada is very secluded. A stream runs nearby for great photo opportunities. The surrounding area is primarily native desert. Most customers use Ramada 7 for a Southwestern style wedding.



Garden of Gethsemane

670 W. Congress Ave., 520-791-4873, option 5

Located next to the Santa Cruz River on West Congress Street, this peaceful garden was created to house the religious sculptures of artist Felix Lucero. A path with beautiful potted plants and greenery winds through the park and passes hand-sculpted images of Christ at the Last Supper, the Holy Family and the Crucifixion.

The garden is popular for weddings, quinceañeras and small parties. The garden is lighted and features electrical outlets, water fountain, and kneeling bench.

No alcohol is permitted. Access keys are required, with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.


Gene C. Reid Park - Cancer Survivors Plaza

900 S. Randolph Way, 520-791-4873, option 5

Located east of the 22nd Street and Country Club Road intersection. This $1.1 million plaza was donated to the City of Tucson by the R.A. Bloch Foundation.

The 1.22-acre site was built to serve as a symbol of inspiration, hope and the celebration of life for cancer survivors and patients. The colorful plaza features a “Cancer….There’s Hope” sculpture with seven cast bronze statues, 22 information pedestals and a beautiful multi-level fountain.


Gene C. Reid Park - DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center

900 S. Randolph Way, 520-791-4873, option 5

From blues to classical and summer Shakespeare in the Park to dance performances, the OPC is a focal point for the community and an expression of the diversity of Tucson. Fully equipped with an acoustically tuned amplification system and integral lighting, this facility is available for rent for a wide variety of events and can comfortably accommodate audiences up to 7,000. Located in the northwest corner of Reid Park, the area also includes areas for festival booths.


Gene C. Reid Park - Hi Corbett Field

3400 E. Camino Campestre, 520-791-4873, option 5

Located in the northeast corner of Reid Park. Hi Corbett Field has seating for 10,000 and features complete snack bar facilities. Parking lot use is included with the rental of this facility.




Gene C. Reid Park - Lake Area

22nd St. and Country Club Rd., 520-791-4873, option 5

Gene C. Reid Park, located in central Tucson, features a large lake and small pond with abundant grass and trees. The pond area in Reid Park is around the waterfall. There is no covered structure at the lake area, but you may reserve a nearby ramada.



Gene C. Reid Park - Rose Garden

22nd St. and Country Club Rd., 520-791-4873, option 5

The beautiful and colorful Rose Garden is located in Reid Park. The garden has a large gazebo with six benches and electrical outlets which is surrounded by 101 species of roses and more than 800 individual plants. The roses and plants typically bloom in the spring (March, April) and the fall (September, October). This is one of our most popular wedding sites.



Jácome Plaza

101 N. Stone Ave., 520-791-4873, option 5

Jácome Plaza is located downtown to the south and southwest of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. The plaza was recently redesigned to improve the landscape and hardscape areas, and, in particular, to enhance the public use of the plaza for festivals, public gatherings, special events. These improvements have provided additional walkways, lighting and circulation space, new gathering and seating areas have encouraged daily use by downtown workers. Public wireless is available in this area.



John F. Kennedy Park Fiesta Area

Ajo Way and La Cholla Blvd., 520-791-4873, option 5

This site features a grassy amphitheater surrounded by a stage and 18 permanent vendor booths. The venue has a capacity for 7,500, with ample parking for large events.




La Pilita

420 S. Main Ave., 520-791-4873, option 5

An adobe building constructed in the early 1900s, La Pilita is a wonderful example of an old property given new life. It served as a home and a small restaurant for a number of years, until the City acquired it.

Immediately to the south of the building is Rosendo S. Perez Park, with a sundial and an old fountain placed atop an abandoned well. The fountain is decorated with handmade tiles created by the children of Carrillo School, who as adults still come to view the tiles they made. A mural on the south side of the building represents the legend surrounding the Wishing Shrine, El Tiradito, located to the north.

The La Pilita Foundation offers educational programs on Tucson and southwestern history, as well as natural history. A small gift shop is located in the building.



119 W. Broadway Blvd., 520-791-4873, option 5

Located near the original San Augustín Church, La Placita contains a gazebo that dates back to the 1800s. This picturesque, historic gazebo has an adjacent grass area and is a very popular downtown location for weddings, reunions, receptions and other small gatherings. The gazebo is located near the La Placita shops, the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors' Bureau, and the Tucson Convention Center. An access key is required, with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.


Morris K. Udall Park Laszlo Veres Amphitheater

7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 520-791-4873, option 5

The Laszlo Veres Amphitheater has a cement stage approximately 2 feet above the grass lawn that provides comfort for guests. The amphitheater has power and lights. If you are looking for a memorable and pleasant outdoor site full of green grass and trees, the amphitheater is the place to go.



Parque de San Cosme

496 W. Cushing St., 520-791-4873, option 5

Located near Cushing and Simpson, and next to the little chapel of San Cosme, this park includes a gazebo, a colorful mural, pathways, desert landscaping, orange trees, and a memorial to Barrio Viejo. A historic railroad photo exhibit sits along the pedestrian/bicycle path that follows the preserved El Paso-Southwestern Railroad tracks. The gazebo can be rented for weddings and small gatherings. A maintenance deposit is required.


Presidio San Agustín del Tucson

133 W. Washington St., 520-791-4873, option 5

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson is a re-creation of the northeast corner of the original 1775 Spanish presidio. It is located in the heart of downtown on the corner of Washington and Church Streets.

The Presidio complex is a wonderful mix of Tucson’s many layers of history. Primarily, it is an interpretation of the presidio (fort) building and life during Spanish times. A self-guided tour explains features including a munitions room, torreón (tower), commissary, and living space for soldiers and their families. An open ancient Hohokam pit house is found on site, along with an interpretation of features that came before the Hohokam period.

Along one wall is a beautiful mural depicting early residents of the Presidio. A Territorial era plaza, a zaguán (breezeway), and a Sonoran-style streetscape are also part of the site. Original period row houses along Court Street contain an exhibit space and gift shop. Natural landscaping that reflects the period surrounds the outside walls, as well as a remnant of a boarding house that was located on the site. Finally, the visitor can trace the presidio wall as it existed downtown by following “adobes” set along the former wall path, to experience a sense of place regarding this remarkable Tucson treasure.


Reid Park Zoo

3400 Zoo Court, 520-791-4022

Explore naturalistic habitats housing hundreds of exotic animals from around the world at Reid Park Zoo. The entire Zoo, with its lush grounds and meandering pathways, is available for rental for private parties, weddings, school or large group events when the Zoo is closed to the public. You and your guests can enjoy a casual picnic, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at sunset, a buffet dinner or something more formal. The Zoo can provide complete catering services, or make your own arrangements for food, tables, chair, linens and entertainment. Zoo rentals are coordinated through the Reid Park Zoological Society, 520-881-4753, Ext. 14.


Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain) Road up Sentinel Peak

1000 S. Sentinel Peak Rd., 520-791-4873, option 5

Want to get an eyeful of our beautiful city and its surrounding mountains? Just look for the large letter “A” on the mountain to the west of downtown. Sentinel Peak Park, also know as “A” Mountain, is a popular lookout point for Tucsonans and visitors alike and provides an expansive view of Tucson . Sentinel Peak is home to Tucson's annual July 4 fireworks show.

A gazebo, which is sometimes used for small gatherings or weddings, is located on the west side of the mountain. Picnic tables and a grill are nearby.


Terra del Sol Park

6700 E. Calle Marte, 520-791-4873, option 5

Terra del Sol Park has a gazebo, one ramada and a playground. Most customers reserve the gazebo as well as the adjacent ramada to cut down on the volume of other park users. The ramada has three tables, and both the ramada and the gazebo have power and lights. Keep in mind that there are no restroom facilities at Terra del Sol. If you are looking for a very green park that has newer facilities and is nestled away from traffic, Terra del Sol is just for you.


Tucson Rodeo Grounds

4825 S. 6th Ave., 520-791-4873, option 5

This 36-acre facility hosts the annual Tucson Rodeo and Parade. The Rodeo Grounds features a 175’ x 450’ arena with permanent grandstand seating, horse stalls and a museum. Although the facility is designed for equestrian use, musical concerts and auto derby bookings are regularly held there.