Parks and Recreation Department

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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Elephant calf at Reid Park Zoo is named: NANDI

Reid Park Zoo's African elephant calf, now one month old, has a name! A poll conducted through the Arizona Daily Star’s Caliente received 7,880 votes, with 65% selecting Nandi as her name.

Nandi (Nahn-dee) is a common siSwati girl’s name, and in the Zulu language it means “sweet” or “fun.” This calf has proven herself to be both - capturing the hearts of Tucson residents. With two older brothers, this feminine name also celebrates the joy of welcoming a female calf to Tucson.

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Toumey Park multi-use path dedication - October 4, 2014

Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik, Pima County District 2 Supervisor Ramón Valadez, and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department invite you celebrate the opening of the multi-use path at Toumey Park.

Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) helped coordinate the planning effort with the community. There were two years of community involvement and planning TDOT engineers and staff identified the needs of the neighborhood, were able to prepare construction documents in-house, saving a significant amount of money for a design consultant was not needed. TDOT also provided construction management and inspection services to ensure the project was built to City and County standards while maintaining constant communication with home owners to ensure a seamless transition between private property and public improvements.

This project provides an eight foot wide paved walking path with ADA access and drinking fountains to help improve walkability in the neighborhood and provide opportunities for fitness to the community. Additionally, several traffic mitigation elements were installed to slow down traffic through the Toumey Park Neighborhood. The path has been coated with a heat reducing epoxy paint to minimize the heat stored and radiated back from black asphalt. Lights and electrical outlets have been installed under the ramada. Several new picnic tables have been installed and areas have been created to provide more visual appeal and decrease water use. An ADA accessible paved walk has been constructed to provide clean access to the existing playground which has also been enlarged to accommodate a new swing set. Funding for this project has been provided by Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds in the amount of $488,000.

What:    Multi-Use Path Dedication
Where: Toumey Park, 4500 E. Eastland Street
When: Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m.
More Information: Sierra Davenport at

Sierra.Davenport@Tucsonaz.gov or 520-837-8032

Tucson community to build playground for all ages

The existing playground at La Madera Park, located at 2700 E. La Madera Drive in Tucson,
is in need of replacement as it is outdated and contains some unusable components. In addition, exercise opportunities are limited for the large population of seniors living in the neighborhood. The 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 the 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.

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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