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, 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.
Note that bicycles are available for rent at the William Clements Recreation Center for a nominal fee ($2/pass holders; $5 for non-pass holders; $10/family). Helmets are included with the rental fee.
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.
Where is Lincoln Regional Park located?
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 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!) and indoor walking track available at the William Clements Recreation Center.
Who should I contact if I have a question, comment, or idea related to Lincoln Park?
For questions regarding the park, please contact Tucson Parks and Recreation at 520-791-4873. Business hours are from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
How many playgrounds are there at Lincoln Regional Park?
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?
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?
Are there BBQ grills?
Is power available at all of the ramadas?
Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?
All this playing is making us hungry. What restaurants do you recommend in the area?
Unfortunately, the East Side of Tucson has yet to cultivate a great dining scene. That said, there are a few “diamonds in the rough” that we can recommend. Our current top picks within a 5-mile radius are:
- 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
- Poco & Mom’s, 1060 S. Kolb Rd (4.1 miles away) – New Mexican burritos, tacos, tostadas, burros, chimichangas, nachos
- 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.
How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?
Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heroes is 2.5 miles away.
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.
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?
Are toiletries available?
Is a family restroom available?
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.
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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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