Tucked away in an east side neighborhood, you'll find Michael Perry Park. When you get the to the Golf Links Rd. and Pantano Parkway intersection, head south and you'll run right into the family-friendly park.
Michael Perry's 35-acres includes little league fields, a basketball court, picnic tables, drinking fountains, restrooms, and a playground.
Named after a 12-year-old boy who was murdered in 1984, the park also has a Children's Memorial Garden on-site that is a "tribute to the children who are loved by our community." Parents of deceased children can have their child's name engraved for $65. Contact Tucson Clean and Beautiful for an engraving request form at 520-791-3109 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The park also connects to Pantano River Park, part of The Loop (an ongoing project of Pima County that will eventually be 131 miles of car-free paths around metropolitan Tucson). The Loop will connect Pantano River Park to greenways along Harrison Road and the Julian Wash, Rillito River Park, and Santa Cruz River Park. At present, the entire length of the Pantano River Park path between Kenyon and Sellarole is just over 3 miles. There are no mile markers.
Loop maps are available at local bike shops; at Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, 3500 W. River Road; and at the Communications Office, Administration Building, first floor, 130 W. Congress.
8700 E. Arbor Street in East Tucson.
The park is open daily, dawn to dusk.
Admission to the park is free.
Free. Pull-in style parking.
Water, snacks, and sunscreen. Maybe your bike, a basketball, or a baseball mitt?
One. The playgrounds feature slides and swings with minimal shade.
Combination of rubber and wood shavings.
There are two picnic tables. No outlets are available at the picnic sites.
Yes. There are 4.
Unfortunately, East Tucson has yet to cultivate an outstanding dining scene. That said, there are a few gems in the area. Our top picks within a 5-mile radius are:
If you’re in the mood for a cold slushy-style drink, head to eegee’s at 7235 E. Golf Links Rd. (2.2 miles away).
Pick up picnic supplies before heading to the park! Safeway at 9460 E. Golf Links Road is 0.7 miles away. Sprouts Farmers Market at 7877 E. Broadway Blvd. is 2.8 miles away.
Domino's Pizza at 8615 E. Golf Links Road is 0.6 miles away. Call 520-721-8118. Pizza Hut at 8564 E. Golf Links Road is 0.9 miles away. Call 520-2969273. Magpie's Pizza at 105 S. Houghton Road is 2.8 miles away. Call 520-751-9949.
Michael Perry Park has:
|Parks & Rec Facility||NO|
|Garden||YES - Children's Memorial Garden|
PLAYGROUND RATING: 3.5
CLEANLINESS OF RESTROOMS: unknown
NOTES: Michael Perry Park is a nice east side park with heaps of potential. Because of its connection to Pantano River Park and The Loop, it's a fantastic hub for active people to run, bike, walk, and enjoy the outdoors. Perhaps the biggest flaw to overcome is lack of visibility by the community since it is "tucked away" from major intersections.
Perhaps Pantano Christian Church, La Paloma Academy, New Life Church, or Marshall Elementary School could raise funds and/or collaborate to renovate and restore different aspects of the park?
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