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.
Where is Gene C Reid Park located?
Reid Park is located in Central Tucson, along 22nd Street between Country Club and Alvernon. The address is: 900 S. Randolph Way 85716.
Who is/was Gene C. Reid?
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.
When is Gene C Reid Park open?
The hours are: 6:00am to 10:30pm (daily).
Why would I visit Gene C Reid Park?
- To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
- To cheer on a sports team
- To go on a walk, bike ride, or run
- To take your dog for a walk
- To play on the playground
- To swim at the public pool
- To watch an outdoor play or concert
- To take a class at the adjacent parks & rec facility
- To ride the miniature train
How much does it cost to visit Gene C Reid Park?
Note that daily admission is charged for the following on-site facilities –
- Edith Ball Adaptive Aquatics Center. $2 for adults (18+) and $1 for youths (17 and under).
- Reid Park Zoo. $10.50/adults (ages 15-61), $8.50/seniors (ages 62+), $6.50/children (ages 2-14), FREE for children 0-1.
- Reid Park Zoo Express Train. Located just outside the front gate of the Zoo. Each ride is $3. The train runs during most business hours, depending on visitation levels.
- Tucson City Golf – Randolph North and Randolph Dell Urich. Rates vary.
What is the parking situation at Gene C Reid Park?
Free. Plentiful. Pull-in style parking.
What should I bring with me when I visit Gene C Reid Park?
Water and snacks. Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, and sunscreen.
What is the best season for visiting Gene C Reid Park?
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.
Who should I contact if I have a question, comment, or idea related to Gene C Reid Park?
For reservations or more information, please call the Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 520-791-4873.
How many playgrounds are there at Gene C Reid Park?
Three. The playgrounds are old, but still hold appeal. Lots of slides and swings, plus cement turtles to sit on. Not to mention two urban lakes, a walking path, an outdoor performance center, a dog park, a rose garden, and ducks!
What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?
Are the playgrounds shaded?
Is there an area for tots & babies?
Not specifically, but there are baby swings and a few smaller slides.
How many tables are there at Gene C Reid Park?
Fifteen (15) ramadas. All are shaded. The tables show noticeable wear.
Are trash cans available and easily accessible?
Are there BBQ grills?
Yes. Adjacent to each ramada.
Is power available at all of the ramadas?
Power is available at some ramadas, but is not guaranteed. Please contact Tucson Parks & Recreation with specific questions.
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 plenty of dining options in the area. Our top picks within a 3-mile radius are:
- In-N-Out Burger, 3711 E. Broadway Blvd. (0.6 miles away) – burgers, fries, shakes
- Tucson Tamale Company, 2545 E. Broadway Blvd. (1.0 mile away) – tamales
- Zemams, 2731 E. Broadway Blvd (1.2 miles away) – authentic Ethiopian cuisine
- Rocco’s Little Chicago, 2707 E. Broadway Blvd (1.2 miles away) – Chicago-style pizza, pasta, sandwiches
- Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. (1.6 miles away) – gyros, burgers, greek salads
- Chick-Fil-A, 3605 E. Broadway Blvd (1.7 miles away) – chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets
- Cielos at Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way (2.1 miles away) – fine dining, regionally sourced foods, craft cocktails
- Graze Premium Burgers, 2721 E. Speedway (2.2 miles away) – premium burgers, fresh cut fries
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).
How close is the nearest grocery store?
Fry’s Food at 4150 E. 22nd Street is 1.0 mile away. Rincon Market at 2513 E. 6th Street is 1.4 miles away. Whole Foods Market at 3360 E. Speedway Blvd is 1.5 miles away.
How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?
Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria at 2707 E. Broadway Blvd is 1 mile away.
What is the distance of the walking/running paths?
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.
Are there mile markers?
What is the rose garden like? Can I rent it for my wedding or event?
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.
How many people can the rose garden accommodate?
Can I bring in a caterer?
How much does it cost to rent the rose garden?
$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.
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How much does it cost to rent the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center?
$100 per hour for non-profits; $120 for for-profits. There are also additional fees associated with the use of audio equipment.
How many lakes are there?
Is swimming allowed?
No. The water is reclaimed water, used for irrigating the park.
Is fishing allowed?
Can I feed the ducks?
No – but you can study them, photograph them, and let your toddler run around with them.
Is there a dog park at Reid Park?
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.
Are the tennis courts open to the public? Is there a fee to use them?
The tennis courts are contracted out to Reffkin Tennis Center. Please contact Reffkin directly for information about classes, clinics, tournaments, and court use.
Are restrooms available? Where are they located?
Yes. The restrooms at Reid Park are very old and in dire need of an update. Paint is peeling.
Are toilet seat covers available?
Are toiletries available?
No soap. No paper towels. Foggy mirrors.
Is a family restroom available?
Can I rent a ramada for a birthday party or other event? What is the cost?
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.
- the addition of a splash pad (Reid Park is a PRIME candidate for a splash pad!)
- a bathroom makeover with fresh paint, changing tables, soap dispensers, and drying machines
- fresh paint for the cement turtles and tables
- prompt clean-up of any graffiti and litter
- an on-site snack stand
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