Brandi Fenton Memorial Park is a 56-acre park in North-Central Tucson. The park includes three soccer fields, two covered basketball courts, five ramadas, an equestrian arena, horse shoe pits, two playgrounds, a splash park, an off-leash dog park, walking paths, and a memorial garden.
A soccer clubhouse - the Ann Kathryn Schmidt Kickin’ It Clubhouse - is available for reservations through the FC Tucson Youth Soccer Club. The clubhouse has a fitness center, lockers, conference room, computer room, kitchen, and offices.
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park also serves as a major recreation/open space node along the Rillito River corridor - which means it's a prime spot for walking, jogging, and biking!
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park can be found at 3482 E. River Road in North-Central Tucson.
The park is open year-round, dawn to 10:00pm. The splash park is open from the third Saturday in April through October 31, 7:00am-7:00pm.
Taken from the bronze plaque in the Memorial Garden: Brandi Michelle Fenton was a very special young lady whose life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident on March 22, 2003, just prior to her 14th birthday. Her compassion, sense of humor and zest for life, were some of the attributes that created such lasting memories and deep friendships. Her free and gentle spirit, like that of the butterflies she loved, will live on through the happiness and beauty derived from this unique community facility.
Admission to the park is free.
Parking is free and plentiful.
Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, snacks, and sunscreen.
October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, Brandi Fenton Memorial Park can definitely be enjoyed in the summer months – especially because there is a free splash pad on the premises!
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park is home to a very popular splash pad, which is open seasonally from the third Saturday in April through October 31st. Hours are 8:00am to 7:00pm.
The splash pad rules are as follows:
If there are any problems with the splash pad system, please contact 520-419-1481.
Ramada Reservations can be made online. The fee is $25 for the full day. Note that ramadas near the splash pad may be reserved, but the splash pad itself may not be reserved at any time.
The two playgrounds feature slides and a climbing wall under a shaded structure.
The ground surface is made up of Fibar or wood chips and rubber surfacing or Tot-turf.
The slides are on the smaller side - ideal for toddlers & preschoolers.
There are 5 ramadas with tables as well as several unshaded concrete tables.
Try one of the below highly-rated restaurants, all within a 3-mile radius of the park:
Bashas' (3275 N. Swan Rd) is 1.5 miles away, Safeway (1767 E. Prince Rd) is 1.6 miles away, and Trader Joe's (4209 N. Campbell Ave) is 1.7 miles away.
Fresco Pizzeria (3011 E. Speedway Blvd) is 2.6 miles away.
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park has:
The equestrian area has 2 arenas for horse shows and it has been used for equestrian fundraisers and by 4-H groups. The ramada at the equestrian area is a converted hay barn and can be rented for $25/full day. There is ample parking for horse trailers at the site with nearby access to the Rillito River Park multi-use paths.
Yes. Ramada Reservations can be made online. The fee is $25 for the full day. Note that the splash pad is not reservable.
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In summary, Brandi Fenton Memorial Park is a large, well-maintained park in North Tucson with a host of wonderful amenities. Parents of young children flock to the splash pad and covered playground from all parts of town...and sports teams make good use of the soccer fields throughout the year. The memorial garden, created in memory of a 13-year-old Tucson resident, is a colorful and serene place for contemplation and events.
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