Located in mid-town in the well-established (and expensive) Sam Hughes Neighborhood, Himmel Park is almost always abuzz with activity. Kids laugh on the swings and slides. Adults play tennis. Families visit the library that shares space with the park.
Originally built in 1944, it’s one of Tucson’s older parks and well-loved by many native Tucsonans. The swimming pool dates even further back to 1936 and it shows. Despite a renovation several years ago, the pool is currently closed and is in dire need of a facelift.
Himmel’s 26-acres includes mature trees, a 1/2 basketball court, tennis courts, 4 soccer fields, playgrounds, and unshaded tables. A Pima County public library is located at the northeast corner of the park.
Where is Himmel Park located?
1000 N. Tucson Blvd. in Central Tucson.
When is the park open?
The park is open daily, 6:00am – 10:30pm.
Why would I visit Himmel Park?
- To play a round of tennis
- To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
- To participate in or cheer on a soccer team
- To slide and swing on the playgrounds
- To visit the library
How much does it cost to visit the park?
Admission to the park is free.
What is the parking situation at Himmel Park?
Free. Pull-in style parking.
What should I bring with me when I visit the park?
What is the best season for visiting the park?
How many playgrounds are there at Himmel Park?
Two – one on each end of the park. The playgrounds feature slides and swings with minimal shade.
What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?
Combination of dirt and rubber.
Are the playgrounds shaded?
Is there an area for tots & babies?
Some of the slides are on the smaller side – ideal for toddlers & preschoolers. Infant swings are also available.
How many tables are there at Himmel Park?
There are several unshaded concrete tables.
Are trash cans available and easily accessible?
Are there BBQ grills?
Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?
All this playing is making us hungry. What restaurants do you recommend in the area?
Our top picks within a 1-mile radius are:
- Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches, 2741 E. Speedway Blvd. (0.2 miles away) – sandwiches, salad, soup, $4.99 kids meals
- La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, 3007 E. Speedway Blvd. (0.4 miles away) – tacos, fish tacos, burritos, salad
- Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. (0.4 miles away) – gyros, sandwiches, greek salads
If you’re in the mood for a cold slushy-style drink, head to eegee’s at 2510 E. Speedway Blvd (0.2 miles away).
How close is the nearest grocery store?
Pick up picnic supplies before heading to the park! Three great options! Rincon Market at 2513 E. 6th St. is 0.4 miles away. Boston Market at 1903 E. Speedway Blvd is 0.6 miles away. Whole Foods Market at 3360 E. Speedway Blvd. is 0.7 miles away.
How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?
Go to Costco – 6255 E. Grant Road (4.5 miles away). Piping hot, delicious, large pizzas for 10 bucks!
Or try Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, only 0.7 miles away, at 446 N. Campbell Ave.
How many sports fields are there?
Himmel Park has:
- soccer fields
- tennis courts
- 1/2 basketball court
- a swimming pool (currently closed)
Are restrooms available?
Are toilet seat covers available?
Is a family restroom available?
|Public Pool||YES [currently closed]|
|Parks & Rec Facility||NO|
PLAYGROUND RATING: 3.5
CLEANLINESS OF RESTROOMS: unknown
NOTES: Himmel is a well-situated park in mid-town with heaps of potential. Assets of the park include a hard-to-beat location, lots of foot traffic from the surrounding neighborhood, an on-site library, and mature trees. With some sprucing up, this park could easily boast a 5-star rating and become even more special than it already is.
- shaded ramadas/tables
- shade canopies over the playgrounds
- seating for parents around the playgrounds
- remodel of the swimming pool facilities
- expansion of the library
- more library programs that make use of the outdoor space – poetry readings in the park, storytime under the trees, etc.
- additional public art
- remodel of the restrooms
- addition of a splash pad
Perhaps Catalina United Methodist Church or the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration could raise funds for some of these projects? Or residents of the Sam Hughes neighborhood could collaborate to renovate and restore different aspects of the park?
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