Gene C. Reid Park is a centrally located regional park that has a long history in serving the community.
Reid Park is home to the Reid Park Zoo, Edith Ball Adaptive Aquatics Center, Cancer Survivors Plaza, David Bell Bike/Walking path, Rose Garden, DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, two urban lakes, and Hi Corbett stadium. Because of the wide paths that encircle the park, Reid is often the site for 5ks on the weekend. The park is located on 131 acres, including 73 turfed acres.
CHANGES AT REID PARK: Reid Park has many updates on the way! In the coming years, there will be new playgrounds and a splash pad, improvements to walking paths, and updates to the DeMeester Outdoor Performing Arts Center.
NOTE: If you have been at Reid Park recently, you will also notice that some of the park (3.5 acres - including the Southern Pond and Barnum Hill) is being "moved" into the Reid Park Zoo. This plan was approved by voters in 2017. The large Northern Pond and Rose Garden are not a part of the zoo expansion and will remain part of Reid Park. Construction on the zoo project is scheduled to begin in February or March of 2021 and will be completed in early 2023.
Reid Park is located in Central Tucson, along 22nd Street between Country Club and Alvernon. The address is: 900 S. Randolph Way 85716.
In 1978, the western third of Randolph Park was renamed for the City of Tucson’s first parks director, Gene C. Reid, upon his retirement. In his over thirty years as director, Reid expanded Tucson's park system from 8 to 84 parks and made significant additions to Randolph Park. Reid oversaw the addition of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, the zoo, the expansion and renovation of Randolf Golf Course, and the excavation of two lakes which doubled as irrigation reservoirs. The zoo and lakes also bear Reid's name. The recreation center and golf complex remain named after Randolph.
The hours are: 6:00am to 10:30pm (daily).
Note that daily admission is charged for the following on-site facilities -
Free. Plentiful. Pull-in style parking.
Water and snacks. Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, and sunscreen.
October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, Reid Park can also be enjoyed in the summer months – especially in the early morning hours and at dusk.
For reservations or more information, please call the Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 520-791-4873.
Gene C. Reid Park debuted new playgrounds in September 2019. Reid Park also offers plentiful appeal for the whole family due to its two urban lakes, walking path, outdoor performance center, dog park, and rose garden!
Fifteen (15) ramadas. All are shaded. The tables show noticeable wear.
Yes. Adjacent to each ramada.
Power is available at some ramadas, but is not guaranteed. Please contact Tucson Parks & Recreation with specific questions.
No worries! There are plenty of dining options in the area. Our top picks within a 3-mile radius are:
If it's hot outside and you're up for a cold slushee style drink, go to Eeegee's at 1875 S. Alvernon Way (1.1 miles away).
Fry's Food (4150 E. 22nd Street), Rincon Market (2513 E. 6th Street), and Whole Foods Market (3360 E. Speedway Blvd) are all under 2 miles away.
Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria at 2707 E. Broadway Blvd is 1 mile away.
There are two connecting walking paths. One goes around the golf course and covers 2.8 miles. The other encircles the park and covers 1.95 miles.
The beautiful and colorful Rose Garden is centrally located in Reid Park. The garden has a large gazebo with six benches and electrical outlets. It is surrounded by 101 species of roses and more than 800 individual plants. The roses and plants typically bloom in the spring (March-May) and the fall (September-November). It is a very popular wedding site.
$50 per hour for city residents; $65 per hour for non-city residents. 2-hour minimum. There is also a refundable $100 cleaning deposit and $10 key deposit.
$100 per hour for non-profits; $120 for for-profits. There are also additional fees associated with the use of audio equipment.
No. The water is reclaimed water, used for irrigating the park.
No - but you can study them, photograph them, and let your toddler run around with them.
Yes! Miko's Corner Playground is named after Miko, a TPD police dog that lost its life in the line of duty. The dog park features three double entry gates, lights, a divided two-acre site for large and small dogs, dog-friendly potable water fountains, and a ramada with tables.
The tennis courts are contracted out to Reffkin Tennis Center. Please contact Reffkin directly for information about classes, clinics, tournaments, and court use.
Yes. The restrooms at Reid Park are very old and in dire need of an update. Paint is peeling.
No soap. No paper towels. Foggy mirrors.
Yes. The rent is $15-$20 for a half-day or $25-$30 for a full day.
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Reid Park is one of the oldest, biggest, and best parks in Tucson. It is huge with mature trees, grassy fields, ducks galore, a lovely rose garden, a fantastic path for walkers and runners, and more! The developers of this park are to be commended for their foresight and dedication to the community. Reid Park is a true asset to Tucson. More regional parks of this same caliber are needed throughout Tucson. They provide a safe, healthy, and fun gathering place for community members - including our children.
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