Parks and Recreation Department

UA College of Pharmacy Students Team Up with El Rio Neighborhhood Center for Free Health Fair

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation are pleased to host their annual free Health and Safety Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center. This health fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing, vision, medication reviews and confidential Hepatitis C and HIV. ACCESS Arizona Smiles will be there with their dental mobile to provide dental exams for children. There will also be activities for children including bike helmet fitting, obstacle course, jumping castle and face painting. Moreover, there will be a vendor expo, raffle prizes, guest speakers, food trucks and more! This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available.

When: Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
Primary Sponsors: The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation

Contact: Joe Cedillo, Tucson Parks and Recreation, or call 520.791.4683

El Rio Health Fair - English
El Rio Health Fair - Spanish

Elephant calf born at Reid Park Zoo on Tucson's 239th birthday

Reid Park Zoo announces that Semba, a 24-year old African Elephant, successfully delivered a female calf at 10:55pm last night! Both mother and calf appear to be doing well, but are spending quiet time in the Click Family Elephant Care Center under the watchful eyes of the elephant team. This is Semba’s third calf, but the first elephant ever born at Reid Park Zoo.

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Tucson POPS Orchestra Present the Fall Concert Series at Reid Park

Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Tucson POPS Orchestra, invite you to join us for the free fall concert series this September. The Tucson Pops concerts are a place where the entire family can come together to enjoy music and meet their neighbors in the beautiful open spaces of Reid Park. You will enjoy some of Tucson’s finest musicians performing music under the stars. Come early, bring a blanket or chairs and picnic before the concert. This concert series is very popular and parking will fill up quickly. Please make arrangements to come early and use the alternate parking areas at Hi Corbett or Randolph Golf Course with a shuttle to the park.

Who:     Music Lovers and Families
What:    Tucson POPS Orchestra Fall Concert Series
When:  Sundays, September 7, 14 and 21 at 7 p.m.
Where: Reid Park, George DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center bandshell  - Concert Place and Country Club              
Parking:  Reid Park is limited and will fill up quickly. Alternate parking will be provided at Hi Corbett or a shuttle service is available from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from the Randolph Golf Course at 600 S. Alvernon Way. or call 520-722-5853    

Sponsors:Tucson Parks and Recreation, Long Realty Co., and The Tucson POPS Orchestra

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

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 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)


  • 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