Parks and Recreation Department

Tucson Parks and Recreation Celebrates Park Improvements
at Harold Bell Wright Park

Tucson Parks and Recreation, St. Michael & All Angels Church and School, and the historic Harold Bell Wright Neighborhood, would like to invite you to celebrate park improvements at Harold Bell Wright Park. This project has provided the community with a new shade structure for the existing playground, a drinking fountain, picnic table and bicycle parking. Also incorporated into the project is a concrete walking path and ADA access to existing and new park amenities. Funding for this project came from the Tohono O’odham Nation Funds through a $50,000 grant that was spearheaded by St. Michael’s parents Rachel Hawes, Charlie Buck, and Nurse Erika Huff.

Where: Harold Bell Wright Park, 633 N. Corinth
When: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information: Contact Sierra Davenport, Community Promotions and Marketing Manager - 837-8032 or Sierra.Davenport@Tucsonaz.gov

Commemorative Trees available at Pantano River Park
for December 2014

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, including the tree, irrigation lines and number marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, dedication certificate and guaranteed replacement. Tree dedications are partially tax-deductible. Trees may be purchased for dedication to honor or remember any friend or family member for special occasions.

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 170 of 570 planned trees to fill the park already have been planted.

An upcoming dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for whom trees have been dedicated and names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. A walking tour of newly dedicated trees concludes the ceremony.

Who:     Tree donors, park users and the public
What:    Commemorative Tree Dedication
When:  Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11 am to noon
Where: Pantano River - Garden of the Families, 2500 S. Pantano Pkwy, Tucson, AZ 85710
West side of Pantano Parkway North of Golf Links Road

Note:    On-site parking is limited, carpooling encouraged. Additional parking available South of Golf Links & Pantano Parkway at Michael Perry Park, 2755 S. Pantano Pkwy., Tucson, AZ  85730 - a short 0.4 mile walk or bike ride to the northwest along Pantano River Park. A shuttle will be on site beginning at 10 a.m. to transport people from Michael Perry Park to the event site.

Contact: B.J. Cordova, Membership & Communications Director, Tucson Clean & Beautiful
bj.cordova@tucsonaz.gov, (520) 837-6832 or www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org

Tucson volunteers to improve residents lives with play

HUMANA, KABOOM!, CITY OF TUCSON AND LEND A HAND TUCSON JOIN FORCES TO CREATE A NEW SPACE FOR ALL GENERATIONS TO GATHER AND PLAY AT LA MADERA PARK (2700 E. La Madera Drive, Tucson, AZ 85716)

Volunteers from the City of Tucson, Lend a Hand Tucson, Humana Inc., residents of the Tucson community and organizers from KaBOOM! will join forces on Saturday, Nov. 1 to give the neighborhood a chance to gather and play together by building a 4,200 sq.-ft. playspace at La Madera Park from start to finish in just six hours!
The customized, multi-generational playground, funded primarily by Humana Inc. (a leading health and wellness company), was created with personal drawings and input from local community members - from children to seniors - during a special design event in September.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Best viewing of playground construction
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.- Final construction phase and adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate new play area
(Note: all times approximate)

Play in all forms, whether its with peers or parents, benefits the whole child, allowing them to stay active mentally, physically and socially. Currently, many residents in communities surrounding La Madera Park have limited opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation in a safe environment. A new playground and multi-generational exercise stations will effectively address these needs, providing the youth with an age-appropriate area to play, as well as opportunities for adults and seniors to interact further with each other and the community. Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being.

The community will rally together to build senior-focused and adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility - as well as more traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a truly multi-generational space. The project will create a gathering area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come. The project is one of more than 50 playgrounds (#HumanaBuilds) being built by Humana, the Humana Foundation, and KaBOOM! across the U.S. over four years to show communities that #playmatters.

Original press release

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation to Host Jennie Finch
Softball Camp at Lincoln Park Saturday, November 8-9.

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, along with Visit Tucson and Pima Community College, is honored to be hosting the Jennie Finch Softball Camp at Lincoln Park Softball Complex, 8116 E. Escalante Road, for all girls third grade and up. Camp will be held November 8-9, 2014. Join Jennie Finch and her Olympic and Professional softball teammates for two full days of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. Come and learn from the best softball players in the world and discover what it takes to be a Champion on and off the field.

“We are so excited to bring the Jennie Finch Softball Camp to Tucson, Arizona,” said Jennie Finch. “Tucson holds so many incredible memories for me on and off the field along with many treasured friendships. I have been so blessed by this game and much because of the University of Arizona and Coach Candrea. We are thrilled to be able to work with the youth of Tucson and share the many lessons and skills we have learned from the great game of softball. Our staff includes many Wildcats including Toni Mascaras, Leah O'Brien-Amico, and Mackenzie Vandergeest whom also can't wait to get back to the Old Pueblo, our home!”

“Tucson is delighted to welcome these girls and their families,” said Mayor Rothschild. “Wildcats like Jennie Finch have made the U of A a softball powerhouse, serving as inspiration to countless young athletes. Our parks department is always ready to help with amateur sporting events like this one, which are such a great fit for Tucson.”

Advanced registration is required and participation is limited. The cost is $195 per camper or register 10 or more girls together to receive a 10% team discount. Campers will receive lunch both days, official camp t-shirt, autographed photo of Jennie Finch, certificate of participation and a photo taken with Jennie and her medals. There will be a question and answer time for campers, coaches and parents, Finch Windmill demonstration, pitching demonstration by Jennie, hitting demonstrations by professional coaches and drawings for prizes. Participants can register now at www.JennieFinch.com.

This camp follows a successful ASA 18U Girls’ Fastpitch Class A West National Championship tournament that was held July 30-Aug 3, 2014.  Of the 17 teams that participated, 12 teams traveled from outside of Tucson, and 7 of them from out of State.  On Championship Sunday, our very own Tucson Scramblers defeated the West Coast Predators twice to claim the title as the ASA/USA 18U A West National Champion!

“I am proud of the staff and their dedication to making Tucson Parks and Recreation and Lincoln Park a destination for softball tournaments in the future,” said Fred Gray, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to hosting hundreds of young athletes in November at the Jennie Finch Softball Camp.”

Attention program registrants

The automated phone system (573-EZEE) is no longer available for registration.  Registration will only be available through the Internet at www.EZEEreg.com or you may register live over the phone beginning the Wednesday after initial registration.

Tucson Parks and Recreation has locations throughout the City with public access computers that will be available for use for registration.  Locations scheduled to be open during registration Saturdays are:

Please call 791-4877 with any comments or concerns.

Parks and Recreation Discount Program

Parks and Recreation Discount Program offers a 50% discount for select programs and 25% discount for passes for qualifying participants on specific programs and passes. The program is in accordance with the Department’s Revenue and Pricing Policy adopted by Mayor and Council. The program benefits City of Tucson residents who provide documented proof of city residency, household size and household income.

2014 DISCOUNT-QUALIFYING PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Service Levels 1 & 2 programming

50% discount eligible-programs

  • KIDCO (school-year/summer)
  • Teen Programs (Jr. Leadership, IBC)
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Group Learn-to-Swim Lessons

25% discount eligible-passes

  • Swimming Passes (multi use/seasonal)
  • Recreation Center Memberships (Quarterly, Annual, Walking)
  • Basic Senior Recreation (activity cards)

DISCOUNT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

  • Class Registration Services: 900 South Randolph, 791-4877
  • East District Office: 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., 791-5934
  • Archer Center: 791-4355
  • Adaptive Rec Center: 791-5643
  • Armory Center: 791-4865
  • Clements Center: 791-5787
  • El Pueblo Center: 791-5155
  • El Rio Center: 791-4683
  • Freedom Center: 791-4969
  • Northwest Center: 791-3247
  • Quincie Douglas: 791-2507
  • Randolph Center: 791-4560
  • Santa Rosa Center: 791-4589
  • Udall Center: 791-4931