Guide to Gladden Farms Community Park – Parking, Hours, Parties!

Marana Splash Pad in Tucson Arizona

Gladden Farms Community Park (12205 North Tangerine Farms Rd) is a vibrant community park with lighted baseball/softball fields, lighted multi-purpose fields, a dog park, a playground, access to The Loop, grassy multi-use areas, and a farm-themed splash pad.

Located just north of Tucson, the Town of Marana sits on rural land, is known for its thriving agriculture - and for being the fastest-growing community in Southern Arizona!


When is Gladden Farms Community Park open?

  • Gladden Farms Community Park is open year-round from 6:00am – 10:00pm.
  • Heritage Splash Pad is open from early April through October from 8:00am – 7:00pm daily.

How much does it cost to visit Gladden Farms Community Park?

As is the case with all Marana parks, admission is free.

What is the parking situation at Gladden Farms Community Park?

There is parking surrounding the splash pad and fields.

What should I bring with me when I visit?

Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, snacks, and sunscreen.

If you plan to visit the splash pad, bring or wear swimsuits, towels, and water shoes.

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, Gladden Farms Community Park can definitely be enjoyed in the summer months – especially because there is a free splash pad on the premises!

Who should I contact if I have a question, comment or idea related to the park?

Call Marana Parks and Recreation at 520-382-1950.


How many playgrounds are there at Gladden Farms Community Park?

There is one playground that includes multiple slides, swings, a mini rock wall, monkey bars, and a shade covering.

Is the playground shaded?



The 4,500 square foot splash pad provides an exciting after school or weekend activity for families. The modern equipment is farm-themed and includes a water windmill, a tractor, and spraying horses.

How clean is the water? Is it chlorinated?

The water is recirculated and treated.

Can I reserve the splash pad for a birthday party?

Reservations for the splash pad are not available, but you can reserve a ramada for an event (see below). 


Southeast of the splash pad there is a communal Ramada to provide shade and help keep splash pad users cool. There is also an uncovered picnic and grassy area close by.

Additionally, there is a reservable Ramada with four picnic tables and a grill near the ball diamonds. 

Are there BBQ grills?


Is there an on-site restaurant or café?


What restaurants do you recommend in the area?

Local businesses are thriving in Marana! We recommend:


Gladden Farms Community Park has:

  • Two lighted diamond fields
  • Two lighted multi-purpose fields


Gladden Farms Community Park is a great location for birthdays, festivals, and runs.

Ramada reservations

  • Standard Park Ramadas: $12 per hour
  • Standard Park Ramadas with Beer/Wine Permit: $17 per hour
  • Group Ramada: $30 per hour
  • Group Ramada with Beer/Wine Permit: $35 per hour

Field reservations

  • Reservations before 5 pm: $5 per hour
  • Reservations after 5 pm: $8 per hour

More reservation information and scheduling can be found on the Town of Marana website.


Are restrooms available?



Public PoolNO
Splash PadYES
Parks & Rec FacilityYES
Sports FieldsYES
Dog ParkYES
Walking/Biking PathsYES
Hiking TrailsYES

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