Park Profile: Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park

canada-del-oroNorthwest of Tucson in the Town of Oro Valley, Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park sits in the shadow of Pusch Ridge. The 30-acre park is located just off the Lambert Lane three mile multi-use path.

General Information

Where is Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park located?

CDO Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley

When is the park open?

6:00am – 10:00pm

Why would I visit Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park?

  • To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
  • To cheer on a sports team
  • To go for a bike ride or run
  • To take your dog on a walk
  • To let your little ones get some energy out on the playground
  • To play a round of tennis
  • To shoot hoops, kick around a soccer ball, or start up a game of sand volleyball

How much does it cost to visit the park?


What is the parking situation at Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park?

Free. Plentiful. Pull-in style parking.

What should I bring with me when I visit the park?

Water and snacks.

What is the best season for visiting the park?

October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park can also be enjoyed in the summer months – especially in the early morning hours and at dusk.

Who should I contact if I have a question, comment, or idea related to Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park?

If you would like additional information about Canada del Oro Riverfront Park, please feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation Office Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm at 520-229-5050.


How many playgrounds are there at CDO Riverfront Park?

The two playgrounds include five slides, a variety of arching climbing structures, monkey bars, slide poles, and a steering wheel. The smaller structure has a peering bubble, a slide, and a playhouse or theater section.

This playground is meticulously maintained. All of the equipment appears to be new and not in need of any repair. At the time of this visit, one of the shade sails had a puncture, but was fully functional. The landscaping and fields are manicured and the public restrooms are well-kept.

What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?

The playground consists of a large mulch area with two separate play structures covered by three large shade pavilions. The space is thoughtfully encircled by a concrete sidewalk convenient for mothers with strollers, and children on bikes or scooters. The two structures (one for older kids and one for tots) are joined by a rubberized walkway. Benches, trees, and open playing fields surround the area.

Are the playgrounds shaded?


Is there an area for tots & babies?

The smaller playground is appropriate for toddlers. There are also two infant swings on-site (no standard swings on the premises).


How many tables are there at Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park?

There are three large concrete ramadas close to the playground and countless other possible picnicking possibilities in benches, raised planters, and open grassy areas.

Are trash cans available and easily accessible?

Yes. Trash receptacles are many and conveniently placed.

Are there BBQ grills?


Is power available at all of the ramadas?


Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?


All this playing is making us hungry. What restaurants do you recommend in the area?

No worries! There are several dining options in the area. Our top picks within a 2-mile radius are:

  • Rubio’s, 10509 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley (1.0 mile away) – fish tacos, burritos, seafood salads, kids menu
  • Harvest Restaurant, 10355 N. La Canada Dr., Oro Valley (1.2 miles away) – locally owned, seasonally inspired cooking, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, kids menu, homemade desserts + ice cream

If it’s hot outside and you’re up for a cold slushee style drink, go to Eeegee’s at 7911 N. Oracle Rd. (3.3 miles away).

How close is the nearest grocery store?

Fry’s Food at 10450 N. La Canada Dr. is 1.0 mile away. Target at 10555 N. Oracle Rd. is 1.0 mile away. Trader Joe’s at 7912 N. Oracle Rd. is 3.2 miles away.

How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?

Marco’s Pizza at 10550 N. La Canada Dr. is 1.0 mile away. Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heroes at 7965 N. Oracle Rd. is  3.2 miles away.


How many sports fields are there?

Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park has:

  • 1 lighted basketball court
  • 1 lighted tennis court
  • 1 sand volleyball court
  • 2 lighted softball fields (with bleachers for seating)
  • 2 lighted soccer fields
  • 2 horseshoe pits


Are restrooms available? Where are they located?

Two lighted public restrooms and two drinking fountains are available on-site.

Are toilet seat covers available?


Are toiletries available?

Toilet paper. Hand soap.

Is a family restroom available?



Can I rent a ramada for a birthday party or other event?

Yes. All reservations shall be made no more than six months in advance from the requested use date and will be on a first come, first served basis. Ramadas are available at a rate of $10/hour during park operating hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Athletic fields can also be rented out at a rate of $5-$10/hour.


Museum NO
Cafe NO
Public Pool NO
Splash Pad NO
Parks & Rec Facility NO
Sports Fields YES
Dog Park NO
Walking/Biking Paths YES
Lake NO
Hiking Trails NO
Art/Sculptures NO
Garden NO
Trees/Shade YES
Lighting YES





NOTES: This gem of a park boasts gorgeous Catalina mountain views, walking trails that meander down into the surrounding washes, and plenty of sports and entertaining venues. The park also borders a long multi-use path along Lambert Lane.

Bottom line? Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park is a lovely, spacious northwest side park with a well-designed playground and activities for the entire family to enjoy.


  • the addition of a splash pad

Perhaps some of the neighboring businesses could collaborate to sponsor the creation of a splash pad?

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