Aug. 21, 2020: Tucson Parks and Recreation Cancels Fall Events
Tucson Parks and Recreation has canceled the department's annual fall events, including Boo Bash at Lincoln Park, Family Festival in the Park at Reid Park, and the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair held over Thanksgiving weekend at Reid Park. Out of an abundance of caution, the department made the difficult decision to cancel these events for the safety of the community due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on gatherings of large groups.
Aug. 19, 2020: Park Amenities Phased Reopening
The City of Tucson will begin the reopening phases some Parks and Recreation outdoor amenities that were closed in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Aug. 21, the City will begin removing the caution tape and putting up signage at small ramadas only. New reservations and beer and wine permits for small ramadas (for groups of 10 or fewer) will be accepted beginning Friday, Aug. 28, by calling 520-791-4873 or through the new online reservation system at EZEEreg.com. Small ramadas that are not reserved will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All medium and large ramadas will remain closed.
In addition, all park restrooms, horseshoe pits, and outdoor sports courts, including tennis, racquetball, handball, bocce, badminton, and sand volleyball will be open beginning Friday, Aug. 21. Tennis and pickleball will be limited to four participants per court. All others will be limited to 10 participants per court. Basketball courts will remain closed.
Sports fields have remained open during this time, however reservations have not been permitted. Beginning Friday, Aug. 21, all existing sports field reservations for practices will be honored. New field reservations will be open to user groups for league practices only with a maximum of 10 people. No games or tournaments will be allowed at this time.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, the City will begin removing the caution tape and putting up signage at playgrounds. Playgrounds will be cleaned and inspected daily. We ask for the community’s help in ensuring that our playgrounds stay clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
Some facilities and amenities remained open during the pandemic, including dog parks, skate parks, some restrooms, and drinking fountains. Recreation centers, lobbies, basketball courts, and pools will remain closed at this time.
We strongly advise that all groups keep to 10 or fewer people, stay 6 feet away from anyone they do not live with, stay home if feeling sick, and follow all other CDC guidelines to keep safe. Every person in the City of Tucson over the age of five is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. Signage will be in place at all playgrounds and ramadas reminding the community of the CDC guidelines they should follow when visiting the park.
- All senior programming will be be suspended at Parks facilities until further notice due to increased risk our senior community members face from COVID-19. The department is committed to ensuring that all Senior Meal Program Participants will continue to receive meals during this time and is working in partnership with Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) to make that happen.
- Frozen meals will be provided to seniors enrolled in the congregate meals program. Pickup times will be scheduled at all eight of our meal sites. There will be no change for the program's home delivery participants.
- For those individuals who received SunVan vouchers for transportation to and from the meal sites, home delivery accomodations are being made.
The Fall/Spring Activity Guide is your direct connection to all Tucson Parks and Recreation leisure classes, summer KIDCO, swim lessons and activities.
Tucson Delivers: Parks + Connections
In November 2018, the voters approved Proposition 407, a $225 million bond package to improve park amenities and connections throughought the City of Tucson. Parks projects include improvements at 100 of our city’s 128 parks and focus on existing facilities and amenities as well as adding new amenities and three new parks. Projects include improvements to pools and splash pads, sports fields and courts, playgrounds, and more. Bond funds will also improve connections with greenways, shared-use paths, pedestrian safety features, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes.