Himmel Park is a green oasis in the heart of Midtown Tucson.
Located on the east side of Tucson Boulevard, half a block south of Speedway Boulevard, Himmel Park contains a cozy library, whimsical playgrounds, numerous tennis courts, and a swimming pool. A wide, tree-lined walking path bisects the park. The verdant grass and mature trees beckon neighborhood dog-walkers and picnickers. The trees are alive with birds, such as the vermilion flycatcher, gila woodpecker, hummingbirds, northern cardinal, and the lesser goldfinch. There is a small knoll on the north side of the park that is used as a natural amphitheater for local productions. In addition, the park is used by various recreational sport leagues since it has four soccer fields, numerous baseball/softball fields, and a 1/2 basketball court.
Originally built in 1944*, Himmel Park is one of Tucson's oldest parks and is well-loved by many native Tucsonans. Other assets of Himmel Park include a hard-to-beat location, lots of foot traffic from the surrounding neighborhood, 25+ acres, and waving palm trees.
Because Himmel Park sits in the middle of the well-established (and expensive) Sam Hughes Neighborhood, it 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. There is much to do at Himmel Park.
*The swimming pool dates even further back to 1936.
Himmel Park is in Central Tucson at 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.
Himmel Park is named after Alvina Himmel Edmonson and her family. Alvina Himmel Edmondson and husband Charles S. Edmondson came from New Orleans, LA to Tucson in 1897 and homesteaded on 160 acres bounded by E. Speedway and Tucson Blvd. They had 4 daughters: Catherine, Grace, Alvina, and Frances. The couple divorced in 1927 (and Charles later died in 1942 in Phoenix). Alvina Himmel sold part of their homestead to the City of Tucson in 1934 or 1935 with the stipulation that the site be named after the Himmel family, in memory of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Himmel.
Himmel is the German word for "heaven."
The park is open daily, 6:00am – 10:30pm.
Admission to the park is free.
Parking is free. There are 124 unshaded parking spots.
Maybe a picnic blanket, a basketball, a baseball mitt, tennis equipment, or your library card? 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, Himmel Park can still be enjoyed in the summer months since there is an on-site swimming pool (open June-August).
There are two playgrounds - one on each end of the park. The playgrounds feature slides and swings with minimal shade.
Partially. The playgrounds have integrated shade on their structures, but not a shade structure over the entire area.
Some of the slides are on the smaller side – ideal for toddlers & preschoolers. There are two toddler swings on the east playground (near the library).
There are several unshaded concrete tables.
Yes! There is a group ramada, located near the large playground. The ramada has 4 picnic tables with benches and two large grills on the south end of the ramada.
Learn more about reserving the ramada here. Reservations for the day are $25-$30.
Try one of the below restaurants, which are within a 3-mile radius of the park:
Pick up picnic supplies before heading to the park! Rincon Market and Whole Foods Market are less than a mile away.
Himmel Park has:
The courts at Himmel Tennis Center are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required, but there is a court fee.
Himmel Pool is a 25-yard pool that features a 1-meter diving board, depths from 3.5-11 feet, accessible stairs, and a grassy area with ramadas. A separate wading pool has a beach entry. The swimming pool is open in the summer only - June through August.
Himmel Park Library is a 6,989 square foot library with a small children’s area, one study room, and one meeting room.
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