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Park Profile: Lincoln Regional Park

Lincoln Regional Park playground Tucson

Lincoln Regional Park (known to most Tucsonans as simply "Lincoln Park") is located on the East Side of Tucson, adjacent to Santa Rita High School and Pima Community College's East Campus.

This HUGE regional park is nestled in a beautiful natural desert landscape totaling 191 acres. Amenities include a softball complex with concessions, a beach entry swimming pool, a splash pad, soccer fields, shaded playgrounds, and a 1-mile walking path. The site also includes ramadas and four sand volleyball courts. The Atturbury Bird & Animal Sanctuary is located within the park and is accessible from Escalante Road.

Also on-site is the Children's Outdoor Performance Area (COPA) - available for rent for weddings, birthdays, family reunions, and other private celebrations. The area includes an outdoor stage, two lighted ramadas, a gazebo, restrooms, and a small covered playground. An access key is required with a refundable key deposit and maintenance deposit.

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General Information

Where is Lincoln Regional Park located?

The park can be found at 4325 S. Pantano (between Irivington & Escalante) on the southeast side of Tucson.

When is the park open?

6:00am – 10:30pm

Why would I visit Lincoln Regional Park?

  • To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
  • To cheer on a sports team
  • To go for a bike ride
  • To take your dog on a walk
  • To let your littles ones cool off in the splash pad (near the pool)
  • To play with your little ones on the shaded playgrounds
  • To start up a game of sand volleyball with friends
  • To lace up your running shoes and hit the trails
  • To look for birds, rabbits, lizards, snakes, and other desert animals

How much does it cost to visit the park?

Admission to the park is free! Daily admission to the Clements Pool is $2 for adults (18+) and $1 for youths (17 and under).

What is the parking situation at Lincoln Park?

Free. Plentiful. Pull-in style parking.

What should I bring with me when I visit the 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 the park?

October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, Lincoln Regional Park can definitely be enjoyed in the summer months – especially because there is a beach-entry swimming pool (open year-round!), a small splash pad, and an indoor walking track available at the William Clements Recreation Center.

Who should I contact if I have a question or comment related to Lincoln Park?

For questions regarding the park, please contact Tucson Parks and Recreation at 520-791-4873. 

PLAYGROUNDS

How many playgrounds are there at Lincoln Regional Park?

Two.

The first playground the playground has spinning pod, a play structure (for ages 2-5), a play structure with a climbing net (for ages 5-12), a multi-level spinner, a double seat spring ride, and a tensioned fabric shade sail structure.

A second smaller playground is located within the Children's Amphitheater and is available only to those who rent the facility.

What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?

The ground is an engineered wood fiber surfacing, which is considered to be “the gold standard for playground safety.”

Are the playgrounds shaded?

Yes. There are covered canopies over both playgrounds. The shade structures cover all of the playground equipment, but there are a a few gaps between the sails and the shaded areas vary throughout the day, depending on the sun angle.

Is there an area for tots & babies?

See above.

SPLASH PAD

The Clements Splash Pad is open seasonally from the third Saturday in April through October 31st. Hours are 8:00am to sunset daily.

The splash pad rules are as follows:

  • Use of the splash pad is at your own risk.
  • Have children use the restroom before going into the splash pad.
  • Babies and children who are not toilet trained are required to wear tight-fitting, waterproof pants.
  • Do not allow children who are ill into the splash pad.
  • Do not change diapers in the splash pad.
  • All children must be supervised at all times while in the splash pad.
  • No running and no climbing on the spray equipment.
  • No pets, glass, rocks, bottles, or other foreign objects are allowed in the splash pad.
  • No skateboards, rollerblades, or bicycles allowed.
  • Do not use splash pads during lightning storms.

PICNIC AREA

How many tables are there at Lincoln Regional Park?

Quite a few concrete picnic tables are located throughout the park. A limited number of ramadas are also on-site.

Are trash cans available and easily accessible?

Yes.

Are there BBQ grills?

Yes.

Is power available at all of the ramadas?

Yes.

Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?

No.

What restaurants do you recommend in the area?

Try one of these options (all are within a 5-mile radius of the park):

  • Eegee's, 7235 E. Golf Links Rd. (2.6 miles away) - sub sandwiches, ranch fries, slushy drinks
  • Bamboo View, 7018 E. Golf Links Rd (2.8 miles away) - Chinese food
  • Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. (4.8 miles away) - pizza, sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes

How close is the nearest grocery store?

Fry’s Food (7050 E. Golf Links Rd), Safeway (9460 E. Golf Links Rd), and Sprouts Farmers Market (7877 E. Broadway Blvd) are all within 4 miles. Pick up picnic supplies!

How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?

Mama's Famous Pizza & Heroes is 2.5 miles away. 

SPORTS FIELDS

 

How many sports fields are there?

Lincoln Regional Park has:

  • 8 baseball/softball fields
  • 2 soccer fields
  • 4 sand volleyball courts

WILLIAM M CLEMENTS CENTER

 

What is the William M Clements Center?

The William M Clements Center is a Tucson Parks & Recreation facility, which includes a 12,500 sq ft Recreation Center and a 26,470 sq ft Fitness Center. The Clements Center opened its doors in June of 1999 and added the state-of-the-art Fitness Center in June of 2005. Clements Center offers a variety of leisure classes and recreational opportunities for all ages.

The Clements Center is home to an aerobics room, meeting rooms, a weight room, indoor basketball courts, an indoor walking track (12 laps = 1 mile), locker & shower facilities, and a year-round heated pool with waterslide. Note that the waterslide is only open in the summer.

Who is the William M Clements Center named after?

Clements Center is named after Tucson community leader William M. Clements. Mr. Clements was a generous man who was not only a business leader, but also an ardent supporter and promoter of Tucson.

SWIMMING POOL

Located adjacent to Pima Community College East and Santa Rita High School, Clements Pool opened in the summer of 1999.

Clements Pool features a beach entry, 25-yard competitive course with 7 lanes, diving area with a 1-meter board, a 144-foot long water slide, shade structure, and grassy area.

Children need to have swimming ability in order to use the slide. A swim test is administered on site. Clements also features a beach entry and one meter diving board. The pool is kept at 80-82 degrees in the winter months. In the summer, it can range anywhere from 80-86 degrees.

RESTROOMS

Are restrooms available? Where are they located?

Yes. There are two restrooms and drinking fountains within 700 to 900 feet of the playground. They are located in the center of the softball fields “quad” and just north of the soccer fields to the east.

Are toilet seat covers available?

No.

Is a family restroom available?

No.

EVENTS

 

Can I rent a ramada for a birthday party or other event?

Yes. The rent is $15-$20 for a half-day or $25-$30 for a full day. Find more information at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/permits.

Can I rent the Children's Outdoor Performance Area?

Yes. The rate is $250 (+ a deposit) for businesses and private use or $180 (+ a deposit) for non-profits. There is a maintenance deposit of $200.00 which is refundable, providing space is undamaged and in clean conditions. There are refundable key deposits to 4 facility keys as well and they run $10.00 each. Please call 520-791-5787 for more information.

ON-SITE AMENITIES

MuseumNO
CafeNO
Public PoolYES
Splash PadNO
Parks & Rec FacilityYES
Sports FieldsYES
Dog ParkNO
Walking/Biking PathsYES
LakeNO
Hiking TrailsYES-MINIMAL
Art/SculpturesNO
GardenNO
Trees/ShadeYES- MINIMAL
LightingYES

NOTES

Lincoln Regional Park is a huge park with great sports fields and lots of potential for growth. Because the William Clements Recreation Center, the Children's Outdoor Performance Area, and the Atturbury Greenway share the same property, there are plenty of reasons why you might choose to spend a morning or afternoon at this park. We especially love the beautiful desert landscape and the trails throughout - perfect for running, walking, biking, and animal watching!

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