Park Rules

We encourage you to visit your parks and facilities. To ensure a pleasant park experience for all, please follow the rules listed below.  Please note that these are general park rules and park-specific rules and restrictions may be posted in individual parks.  Inappropriate conduct, violation of park rules, or violation of City and State laws may result in the loss of park privileges, seizure of property, and/or prosecution. 

General Park Rules Tucson City Code
Prohibited Items and Activities Arizona Revised Statutes
Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)  


General Park Rules

  • No persons or property may remain in the park while park is closed. TCC 21-2b and TCC 21-3 (7)
  • Park in designated parking lots only.  No motorized vehicles on park grounds. TCC 21-3 (4)(3)
  • Dispose of litter properly in receptacles where provided. 
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times. TCC 4-97  Clean up pet waste. TCC 4-102 TCC 21-3(7)(b)
  • Use skateboards, roller skates, and rollerblades in designated areas only. TCC 20-28 (B)
  • Fires allowed in grills only.  Leave ash in grills for disposal by park staff.
  • Respect area wildlife.  Do not feed wildlife.
  • Special Events, metal detecting, amusement equipment (e.g. jumping castles, kiddie trains, pony rides), amplified music, food distribution, and beer/wine drinking and commercial vending are allowed by permit only and may not be permissible in all parks. 
    Contact (520) 791-4873 for more information and to obtain permits.
  • Exceptions may be granted for certain activities associated with Special Events.

Prohibited Items and Activities

The following items and activities are prohibited on park property:

  • Glass containers. TCC 21-3 (3)(3)
  • Trespassing when park is closed. TCC 21-2b and TCC 21-3 (7)
  • Overnight parking, camping, or storing of personal items. TCC 21-3(5)(4) 
    • Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across park land. TCC 21-3(1)
  • Disposing of residential or commercial trash on park grounds or in park containers.
  • Hitting golf balls, hunting, target shooting, or archery. TCC 21-3 (5)(5)
  • Vending without Park Department-issued permit. TCC 21-3(6)
    • Included advertising and signs
  • Drones or remote control aircraft except at the designated area in Christopher Columbus Park.
  • Model rockets or fireworks.
  • Feeding wildlife, damaging or removing natural resources, or climbing trees.
  • Destruction of, damage to, or removal of City property.

For detailed information on each code visit Tucson City Code website.


Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (e.g. sUAS, UAS, drones, and remote- or radio-controlled aircraft such as airplanes, helicopters, and quadcopters) is prohibited in City of Tucson parks, with the exception of Christopher Columbus Park's Model Airplane Field and adjacent turf area, per the following regulations:

Additional information and resources (FAQs, the U.S. Airspace Map) can be found on the Know Before You Fly website:

Christopher Columbus Park: Christopher Columbus Park's model airplane field and adjacent turf areas have been designated for the use of model, unmanned aircraft including control line aircraft, RC aircraft, and UAS.  Archer Lake has been designated for the use of model boats and UMX (ultralight micro, under 8 oz.) float flying aircraft.  UAS, drones, model boat, and UMX aircraft use is prohibited at Silverbell Lake.

Tucson City Code

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Chapter 21 Parks and Recreation


For more information about the Tucson City Code, or to see the entire Tucson City Code, please visit the City Clerk's Office website.


Arizona Revised Statutes

Laws enacted by the State of Arizona.