Picnics and Parties

Weddings

Popular Locations

In addition to parks, recreation centers and pools, Tucson Parks and Recreation offers many sites that we call Special Places. These locations add to the Tucson experience and enhance the quality of life for our citizens. Make it a point to visit them for yourself.

To reserve one of these facilities, submit a letter of request to the District Office, attention District Administrator.  Rental fees apply.

 

Picnics and Parties

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of facilities that can comfortably accommodate picnics and parties.

Contact the facility of your choice for space availability and reservations. Take a look at our Parks/Recreation Facilities for details on a facility or contact one of our offices for more information or to make your reservation. 

 

Weddings

Tucson Parks and Recreation has a variety of outdoor locations to plan your wedding.

 

“A” Mountain, Westside, 1000 S. Sentinel Peak Rd. (85745), 520-791-5909

This site provides an expansive view of the Tucson valley. A gazebo is located on the west side of the mountains. There are picnic tables and grills nearby.

El Presidio Park, Downtown, 160 W. Alameda St. (85701), 520-791-4873, Ext. 0

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 of a Spanish Conquistador with a leather shield, "cuero") and several pieces of modern art. El Presidio Park is a favorite location for many community gatherings and weddings.

El Tiradito, Downtown area, 400 S. Main Ave. (85701), 520-791-4873 Ext. 0

Also called the Wishing Shrine, El Tiradito is a small site with a shrine dedicated to star-crossed lovers. There is an adobe wall with niches where people place small mandas (promises) or prayers for successful ventures. The shrine holds a votive candle stand. There is a drinking fountain. El Tiradito is the site of small weddings and is frequently used for candlelight ceremonies. It is on the Historic Register and is a unique part of the history and legend of Tucson.

Ft. Lowell Park Ramada 7, Eastside, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd. (85712), 520-791-5930

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, Westside, 602 W. Congress Ave. (85745), 520-791-4873 Ext. 0

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 potted plants and greenery winds through the small 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 lit and has electrical outlets, a water fountain, and a kneeling bench. Alcohol is not permitted. Access keys are required with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.

Kennedy Park Fiesta Area, Southwest, Ajo Way and La Cholla Blvd. (85713), 520-791-5909

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 Placita, Downtown, 119 W. Broadway Blvd. (85701), 520-791-4873, Ext. 0

Located near the original San Augustin 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, the Tucson Convention Center and a hotel. An access key is required with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.

Lincoln Park Children’s Outdoor Performance Area (COPA), Eastside, Clements Recreation Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive, (85730), 520-791-5787

This special event area is beautifully landscaped, offering amazing photo opportunities.  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.  An access key is required with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.

Reid Park Lake Area, Central Tucson, 22nd St. and Country Club Rd. (85716), 791-4873 Ext. 0

Reid Park, the City's most centrally located park, 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.

Reid Park Zoo, Central, 22nd St. and Randolph Way (85716),520-881-4753

The entire Zoo, with its lush grounds and meandering pathways, is available for rental after the Zoo closes 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.

Rose Garden, Central Tucson, 22nd St. and Country Club Rd. (85716), 520-791-4873, Ext. 0

The beautiful and colorful Rose Garden is centrally located in Reid Park. The garden has a large gazebo with six benches and electrical outlets. It 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.

Terra del Sol Park, Eastside, 6700 E. Calle Marte (85710), 520-791-5930

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 City Golf Clubhouses, Central, Administration, 600 South Alvernon Way, (85711), 520-791-5853

Enjoy the lush surroundings at one of our four full-service clubhouses with catering services.

Udall Amphitheater, Eastside, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd. (85715), 520-791-5930

The 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 Udall Amphitheater is the place to go.

 

Popular Locations

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation offers a combination of stunning outdoor locations to exerience year round.  Enjoy the Tucson climate, unique mountain views and diversity of culture.

“A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak)

Cancer Survivors Plaza

El Presidio Park

El Tiradito

Garden of Gethsemane

Hi Corbett Field

Jacome Plaza

Kennedy Park Fiesta Area

La Pilita

La Placita

Children's Outdoor Performance Area

Parque de San Cosme

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson

Demeester Outdoor Performance Center

Reid Park Lake Area

Reid Park Rose Garden

Reid Park Zoo

Rodeo Grounds

Skate Parks    

 

 

“A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak)

1000 S. Sentinel Peak Road

Hours:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday- Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday

Contact:
West District Administration
1575 E. 36th St., 85713
520-791-5909
FAX: 520-791-5914

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. This open space, known as Sentinel Peak or “A” Mountain, is a popular lookout point for Tucsonans and visitors alike. Home of 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.

  

Cancer Survivors Plaza

900 S. Randolph Way
Located in Gene C. Reid Park
 

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
Parks Administration
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-4008

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.

 

El Presidio Park

160 W. Alameda St.

Hours:
6:00 am-10:30 pm

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

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.

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

 

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. It is on the Historic Register and is a unique part of Tucson history.

 

Garden of Gethsemane

602 W. Congress Avenue

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

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.

 

Hi Corbett Field

3400 E. Camino Campestre

Hours:
6:00 am - 11:30 pm
(subject to scheduled games/events)

Contact:
Reid Park Operations Superintendent
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-4008

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.

 

 

Jacome Plaza

101 N. Stone Ave.
(Pennington and Stone)

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887 

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.

 

Kennedy Park Fiesta Area

Southwest corner of La Cholla Blvd. and Ajo Way

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
West District Administration
1575 E. 36th St., 85713
520-791-5909
FAX: 520-791-5914

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.

Hours:
Call 520-882-7454 for hours

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

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.

 

La Placita

119 W. Broadway Blvd.

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

Located near the original San Augustin 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, the Tucson Convention Center and a hotel. An access key is required, with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.

 

Lincoln Park Children’s Outdoor Performance Area (COPA)

8155 E. Poinciana Drive

Hours:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Contact:
Clements Recreation Center
8155 E. Poinciana, 85730

520-791-5787

The Children's Outdoor Performance Area is available for rental only.  The 2.5 acre performance area is fenced with locking gates.  This special event Gazebo covers 700 square feet and can easily accomodate your celebration.  The COPA is not designed for large scale concerts.

 

Parque de San Cosme

496 W. Cushing St.

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

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.

Hours:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesday-Sunday

Contact:
Specialized Services Division
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-5887

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 Demeester Outdoor Performance Center

900 S. Randolph Way
Located in Gene C. Reid Park

Hours:
7:00 am - 11:30 pm

Contact:
Parks Administration
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-4008

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.

 

Reid Park Lake Area

900 S. Randolph Way
Located in Gene C. Reid Park

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
Parks Administration
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-4008

Reid Park, the City's most centrally located park, features a large lake and small pond and waterfall 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.

 

Reid Park Rose Garden

900 S. Randolph Way
Located in Gene C. Reid Park

Hours:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Contact:
Parks Administration
900 S. Randolph Way, 85716
520-791-4873
FAX: 520-791-4008

The beautiful and colorful Rose Garden is located centrally located in Reid Park. The garden has a large gazebo with power and 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.

 

Reid Park Zoo

3400 Zoo Court
Tucson, AZ  85716

Hours:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
(Except for Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Contact:
Reid Park Zoo
3400 Zoo Court, 85716
520-791-4022

Explore naturalistic habitats housing hundreds of exotic animals from around the world at Reid Park Zoo. The Zoo can be rented for private parties and weddings.  School and large group reservations are available.  Visit the Reid Park Zoo’s website for more information.

 

Rodeo Grounds

4825 S. 6th Ave.
 

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Contact:
West
District Administration
1575 E. 36th St., 85713
520-791-5909
FAX: 520-791-5914

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.

 

Skate Parks

Randolph Center Skate Park
200 S. Alvernon Way

Hours:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday
2:00 pm - Sundown during school-year
8:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday

Contact:
Randolph Center
200 S. Alvernon Way, 85711
520-791-4560

Above-ground facility features street vertical props, rails and various ramps enclosed in 20,000-square foot asphalt complex. Site is not supervised. There is no charge for use.


Purple Heart Skate Park
10050 E. Rita Rd.

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Contact:
East District Administration
8257 E Broadway Blvd, 85710
520-791-5930

In-ground facility features 8,000-square feet, with ramps and small bowl. Site is not supervised and there is no charge for use.  Two fenced roller rinks are located at Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St.  Both rinks are available on a first come, first served basis, or you may make reservations by contacting 520-791-4873.


Santa Rita Skate Park
401 E. 22nd St.

Hours:
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Contact:
West District Administration
1575 E. 36th St., 85713
520-791-5909
FAX: 520-791-5914

In-ground facility features three skating bowls - a Flow Course Bowl, Kidney Bowl, and Clam Bowl - totaling 16,000 square feet of skating area. The facility also includes a shade ramada, perimeter fencing, and lights for evening use.  The site is not supervised and there is no charge for general use.  Contact the Parks and Recreation West District, 520-791-5909, for information on reservations and fees for special events.


 

Grijalva Park Skate Park
5775 S. Oak Tree Dr.Hours:
6:00 am - Dusk

Contact:
West District Administration
1575 E. 36th St., 85713
520-791-5909
FAX: 520-791-5914
Above-ground facility features street vertical props, rails and various ramps enclosed in asphalt. Site is not supervised. There is no charge for use. Area lights will allow use of this facility during the evening hours.

 

St. John's School Park Skate Park
602 West Ajo Way

Hours:
M-F 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sa-Su 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
In June and July M-Su 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Contact:
West District Administration
1575 E. 36th St, 85713
520-791-5909
Fax: 520-791-5914

Above-ground facility features street vertical props, rails and various ramps enclosed in asphalt. Site is not supervised. There is no charge for use. Area lights will allow use of this facility during the evening hours.