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Park Profile: Michael Perry Park

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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 tcb@tucsonaz.gov.

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.

General Information

Where is Michael Perry Park located?

8700 E. Arbor Street in East Tucson.

When is the park open?

The park is open daily, dawn to dusk.

Why would I visit Michael Perry Park?

  • To participate in or cheer on a baseball/softball team
  • To shoot some hoops
  • To slide and swing on the playgrounds
  • To bike ride, walk, or run along Pantano River Park

How much does it cost to visit the park?

Admission to the park is free.

What is the parking situation at Michael Perry Park?

Free. Pull-in style parking.

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

Water, snacks, and sunscreen. Maybe your bike, a basketball, or a baseball mitt?

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.

PLAYGROUNDS

How many playgrounds are there at Michael Perry Park?

One. The playgrounds feature slides and swings with minimal shade.

What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?

Combination of rubber and wood shavings.

Are the playgrounds shaded?

Partially shaded.

Is there an area for tots & babies?

No.

PICNIC AREA

How many tables are there at Michael Perry Park?

There are two picnic tables. No outlets are available at the picnic sites.

Are trash cans available and easily accessible?

Yes.

Are there BBQ grills?

Yes. There are 4.

Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?

No.

All this playing is making us hungry. What restaurants do you recommend in the area?

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:

  • Mama's Famous Pizza & Heroes, 50 S. Houghton Rd. (2.7 miles away) – pizza, sandwiches, pasta, spaghetti for kids for $2.95
  • Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. (3.4 miles away) – fun 50's atmosphere, burgers, pizza, milkshakes, $6.99 lunch special
  • Guadalajara Fiesta Grill, 750 N. Kolb Rd. (3.8 miles away) – handmade fresh tortillas, salsa made at your table, live music nightly, $8.95-$10.95 lunch specials

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).

How close is the nearest grocery store?

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.

How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?

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.

SPORTS FIELDS

How many sports fields are there?

Michael Perry Park has:

  • three little league fields
  • one basketball court

RESTROOMS

Are restrooms available?

Yes.

Are toilet seat covers available?

No.

Is a family restroom available?

No.

ON-SITE AMENITIES

MuseumNO
CafeNO
Public PoolNO
Splash PadNO
Parks & Rec FacilityNO
Sports FieldsYES
Dog ParkNO
Walking/Biking PathsYES
LakeNO
Hiking TrailsNO
Art/SculpturesYES
GardenYES - Children's Memorial Garden
Trees/ShadeYES
LightingYES

Ratings

OVERALL: 3.5-4

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.

WE RECOMMEND…

  • seating for parents around the playgrounds
  • remodel of the restrooms
  • remodel of the basketball court
  • more animal sculptures around the park and along the pantano river parkway
  • immediate cleanup of any graffiti or litter
  • addition of mile markers to the pantano river park path
  • addition of a splash pad

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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