El Rio Center

1390 W. Speedway Blvd. • Tucson AZ 85745
(520) 791-4683

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays

for Senior activities
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-noon
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays

    Center Supervisor: Donna Thomas - TPRD-ElRio@tucsonaz.gov

    The El Rio Center is located in El Rio Park.

    Amenities Youth Programs
    Center Use Rates Adult Programs
    Weight Room Senior Programs


    Indoor Outdoor
    Arts and crafts room Covered basketball court
    Billiards, ping-pong, and Foosball Outdoor patio
    Conference room Outdoor stage area
    Kitchen Playground
    Lobby/TV room  
    Pottery room  
    Public WiFi  
    Senior room  
    Weight room  
    indoor view of El Rio outdoor view of El Rio

    Center Use Rates

    Daily, quarterly and annual passes are available.

    Weight Room Orientation Classes

    • Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (Sign-up begins 15 minutes in advance; space is limited).
    • Parent/Guardian approval is required for all participants ages 14-17.
    • Participants ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent/designated adult when taking an orientation class.
    • Participants ages 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a designated adult, who has completed an orientation class, at all times while using Fitness Room equipment.
    • Weight Room Orientation Video - A release form must be completed at the recreation center acknowledging that you have watched the video.



    Youth Programs

    Schoolzout program (Ages 5-11)

    This program is for youth 5-11 years old, (Kindergarten through 5th grade only) during out of school time (Fall, Holiday and Spring Break). Activities are supervised, engaging and fun.  Includes games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects, and nutrition-based learning activities. Contact Center staff or see the Youth Programs page for more information.

    Youth Open Drop-in Recreation (Age 7+)
    Monday-Thursday Noon-8 pm and Friday Noon-6 pm. Must be at least 7 years of age unless accompanied by a parent or adult.
    Center offers table tennis, pool table, computers, and foosball. Daily center use fee or quarterly pass applies.

    Afterschool program (Ages 5-11)

    El Rio has an afterschool program during the school year Monday through Friday with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30- 6 p.m. and Wednesday 1:30-6 p.m. This program follows the TUSD School year calendar. For more info, call 520-791-5772.

    Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Baile Folklorico
    Tuesday, 6-7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, 6-7 p.m.

    Adult Programs

    Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

    Zumba - class offered through El Rio Health Center
    Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Baile Folklorico
    Monday and Wednesday, 6-7:45 p.m.
    *Center's daily use cost applies


    Senior Programs

    Senior Club

    For ages 50+.  Mondays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
    Senior Activity Card membership required ($25 City resident, $30 Non-City resident).

    Activities for seniors ages 50+ include bingo, cards, bunco, guest speakers, crafts, exercise, field trips, cooking, special events, and more. Seniors have access to the weight room and gym on designated Club days at no additional cost.

    Nutrition Program

    We offer a meal program for seniors ages 60+ that is grant funded through Pima Council On Aging (PCOA. Meals are provided with the completion of free registration. Meal fees are donation only with a recommendation of $2. 

    Enhance Fitness

    Enhance Fitness is a class offered through Pima Council on Aging at the El Rio Center. This program offers four key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, and balance training critical to reducing the risk of falls. This class is taught by a certified instructor and accommodates all levels of fitness. Expect regular fitness checks along with a healthy dose of fun and socializing.

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 a.m.-noon

    Note: Additional fees apply through Pima Council on Aging.

    Transportation to the Center

    We 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 520-837-8210 for more information about this great program.

    Program includes:

    • Nutrition Class
    • Guest Speakers
    • Food Plus program Tasty Tidbits (cooking) -  Monday, 10-11 a.m.
    • Bingo - Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Crafts - Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Memory Game (improve your memory skills) - Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Games - Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
    • Health and blood pressure - 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month
    • Field trips - dates/times vary
    seniors around table seniors post for group photo