Catalina Park splash pad, at 900 North Fourth Avenue, is in the Historic West University neighborhood. Amenities include a splash pad, picnic site, covered playground, two exercise stations, and a small historic ramada. The splash pad has been designed with a manual activation system to allow residents to turn on the water features as desired.
Built in 1902, Catalina Park is one of the City’s oldest parks. The park is 4.19 acres and is located off of Fourth Avenue near University Boulevard – not far from the University of Arizona, Downtown Tucson, and the 4th Avenue shopping district.
When is Catalina Park open?
The Catalina Park Splash Pad is open 7:00am to sunset from April 1 to October 31 of each year.
Why would I visit Catalina Park?
- To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
- To cool off at the splash pad
- To play on the covered playground
How much does it cost to visit Catalina Park?
What is the parking situation at Catalina Park?
Free. There is 2-hour parking on the east side of the park, along 4th Avenue.
What should I bring with me when I visit Catalina Park?
Water and snacks. Swimsuits, swim diapers, sunscreen, sun hats, and towels if you plan to use the splash pad.
What is the best season for visiting Catalina Park?
October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, Catalina Park has a splash pad so it’s great for May-September too!
Who should I contact if I have a question, comment, or idea related to Catalina Park?
For questions regarding the park, please contact 520-791-4873.
How many playgrounds are there at Catalina Park?
One. The playground is new (opened in 2012) and has a generous rooftop for shade all year long. Features include a longer double-slide, one smaller side, and a variety of climbing apparatuses. No swings.
What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?
The ground consists of wood chips.
Are the playgrounds shaded?
Is there an area for tots & babies?
How clean is the water? Is it chlorinated?
The water is sanitized with a bromine ozone system and is Health Department inspected/approved.
How many tables are there at Catalina Park?
Are trash cans available and easily accessible?
Are there BBQ grills?
Yes. Adjacent to each table.
Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?
All this playing is making us hungry. What restaurants do you recommend in the area?
You’re in luck! Catalina Park is located very near Downtown Tucson and 4th Avenue so there are plenty of great dining options.
Our top picks within a 1-mile radius are:
- Caruso’s Restaurant, 434 N. 4th Ave. (0.4 miles away) – pasta, pizza
- Chipotle Mexican Grill, 905 E. University Blvd. (0.6 miles away) – burritos, tacos
- Paradise Bakery & Cafe, 845 N. Park Ave. #125 (0.6 miles away) – sandwiches, soup, salad, breakfast too
- Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. (0.7 miles away) – french bistro :: soup, salad, sandwiches, pizza, fish
- HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St. (0.8 miles away) – burgers, salad, soup, sandwiches, steak, fish, unique & homemade ice cream
- Cup Cafe, 311 E. Congress St. (0.8 miles away) – breakfast, lunch, & dinner, indoor & outdoor seating
- La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. (0.8 miles away) – American & Vegetarian, indoor & outdoor seating
How close is the nearest grocery store?
Try Safeway at 1940 E. Broadway Blvd (1.7 miles away) or Whole Foods Market at 3360 E. Speedway (2.6 miles away).
How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?
- Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza, 605 N. 4th Ave. (0.3 miles away)
- Brooklyn Pizza Company, 534 N. 4th Avenue (0.4 miles away)
- Empire Pizza & Pub, 137 E. Congress St. (0.8 miles away)
Are restrooms available? Where are they located?
Yes. Restrooms are available next to the splash pad.
Are toilet seat covers available?
Are toiletries available?
Is a family restroom available?
Can I rent the splash pad for a birthday party or other event? What is the cost?
No. The Ramada and Splash Pad are not reservable.
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PLAYGROUND RATING: 3.75
CLEANLINESS OF RESTROOMS: N/A
NOTES: Catalina Park is a small neighborhood park that has been recently renovated to include a splash pad and covered playground. It is wonderful to see the transformation of one of Tucson’s oldest parks from a dilapidated square of grass to a more appealing venue for families. Though it is still in a less desirable part of town, it has a quiet and historic feel that will hopefully draw people from all around town. Because it’s located near the U of A, Downtown Tucson, and the 4th Avenue shopping district, perhaps families will stop by to splash and play before heading to a nearby restaurant or museum.
On the day that we visited, the only person using the splash pad was a (seemingly) homeless woman. A small band of homeless people sat under the ramada. In order to draw young children and their parents into the park, we recommend that a sign be added to the splash pad – “for use by children and their caregivers only.”
- the addition of a restroom
- clear designation that the splash pad is for use by children only (and their accompanying parents/guardians)
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