Contact Hours of Operation Calendar of Events
Center Use Rates Amenities Youth and Teen Programs
Adult Programs Senior Programs Human Service Programs



El Rio is located west of I-10 on the northwest corner of Speedway Blvd. and Riverview



Center Supervisor: Dawnee Rios
Address: 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
Phone Number: 520-791-4683
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sundays and Holidays Closed (Monday, May 26 and Friday, July 4)


Calendar of Events


Center Use Rates

Daily, quarterly and annual passes are available.



Amenities Information

Indoor Outdoor
  • Stage
  • Kitchen
  • Senior room
  • Arts and crafts room
  • Weight room
  • Pottery room
  • Billards/Ping-Pong/Foosball
  • Lobby/TV room
  • Conference room
  • Computer lab
  • Meeting/event rental space available
  • Covered basketball court
  • Outdoor stage area
  • Playground
  • Marquee
  • El Rio day care
  • Outdoor patio
  • Splash Pad (Seasonal)



Weight Room Orientation Days

  • Monday 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday 6:30 pm
  • Saturday 2:00pm

* Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Try our air-conditioned weight room. You will feel better, look great and meet some new friends.



Youth & Teen Programs

Schoolzout program

An activity based program for ages 5-11 years (5 years olds must have completed kindergarten, proof may be required) before the start of the Summer KIDCO program. Dates include: May 28- 31 and July 29-Aug. 2. Cost is $2 per child per day. No discounts. Activities include, games, music, sports crafts, field trips, movies, and more. Contact Center staff for more information and to register.

In-Betweeners Club Schoolzout (IBC)

For ages 11-14 years before the start of the Summer IBC program. Dates include: May 28-31 and July 29-Aug. 2. Cost is $2 per child per day. Activities include, cooking, games, community service projects, guest speakers, sports, field trips, movies and more. Contact Center staff for more information and to register.

KIDCO summer recreation program

A summer program for ages 5-12 years (5 year olds must have completed kindergarten, proof may be required). Games, arts and crafts, sports, nutrition, music, movies, reading time, dance and lots of fun. Offered Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6pm. No program on Thursday, July 4.

Session 1 - June 3-28 (4-weeks) $125/$157
Session 2 - July 1-26, (4-weeks) $125/$157

Participants may register for one or both sessions.

In-Betweeners Club (IBC)

A daily summer program for ages 11-14 years (must have completed 5th grade) beginning June 3 through July 26, Monday through Friday, 7:30am-6pm. No program on Thursday, July 4. Activities include, guest speakers, sports, games, movies, cooking community service, music, dance, and more.

Youth Open Drop-in Recreation

Monday-Friday 5pm-closing, must be at least 7 years of age unless accompanied by a parent or adult. Daily center use fee or quarterly pass applies.

Call Center at 520-791-5772 for more information.


Adult Programs

Karate - Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

*Center's daily use cost applies


Senior Programs

Senior Club Ages 50+

520-624-5313 (Se Habla Español)
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

There are more benefits to recreating than just having fun.
The El Rio Center provides classes, programs and services that fit lifestyles for people 50+.
Grant funded by Pima Council on Aging – 520-837-8210
Senior Nutrition for ages 60+ (Meal donation $2.00)

Program includes:

  • Nutrition Class
  • Guest Speakers
  • Food Plus program Tasty Tidbits (cooking) - Monday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Bingo, Friday, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Crafts - Wednesday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Memory Game (improve your memory skills), Tuesday, 9:30 am
  • Games, Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 am
  • Bean Bag Toss – Wednesday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Health and blood pressure, 1st and 3rd Friday each month
  • Field trips - dates/times vary
  • Guitar – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • River Walk – Friday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Enhanced Fitness

Tucson Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the Pima Council on Aging.  This new program offers four key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and balance training critical to reducing the risk of falls.  This class taught by a certified instructor accommodates all levels of fitness.  Expect regular fitness checks along with healthy dose of fun and socializing.

Mon.,/Wed.,/Fri. 10:30-11:30am, offers a more intense standing exercise program.

Note:  Additional fees apply through Pima Council on Aging.

Transportation to the Center

Pick-up and drop-off seniors that live in the area.  Join us for a day of fun, activities, food and the freedom from staying at home.  Please call Diane at 624-5313 for more information about this great program.


El Rio's Farmers Market

Every Thursday, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm located on the corner of Speeday and Riverview.

Locally grown vegetables and plants and much more!



Human Service Programs

El Rio Branch Library – 520-594-5245

Monday/Tuesday  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday/Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please call to verify hours.

Pima CollegeAdult Education – 520-206-3800

Monday-Friday, times vary

  • E.S.L.
  • G.E.D.  for Adults – Year-Round
  • Citizenship Class

Senior Program – 520-837-8210

Monday-Friday  8:00 am – 12:30 pm

PCOA Senior Advocacy  -  Monday,  8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Senior Health Check   -  9:00 am – 11:00 am

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month

W.I.C. -  Women and Children 520-620-6847
Tuesday – Friday  8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Nosotros Day Care – 520-623-5912