Happy news for families in east and southeast Tucson! Abraham Lincoln Regional Park, at 4325 S. Pantano Road (between Irvington & Escalante), is getting a new playground!
Earlier this year, the City of Tucson displayed four different playground concepts at the Clements Center and invited the public to vote on their preferred concept. Concept D (pictured above) received the most votes!
The existing swings will remain, but the playground will be getting a 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.
The shade structure will cover all of the playground equipment (Thank You, City of Tucson!), but there will be a few gaps between the sails and the shaded area will vary throughout the day, depending on the sun angle.
The ground will be an engineered wood fiber surfacing, which is considered to be "the gold standard for playground safety."
If your kids get thirsty or need to use the restroom, you will be happy to know that 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.
Note that the color scheme has changed from the original concept so that the playground is more in line with the blue accents in the park - ramadas, railings, swing set, etc. See the palette color below. The shade sails will be sky blue, aqua blue, and cherry red.
Construction is already underway on the west side of the park (off of Pantano) and the playground will likely be complete in November or December and open to the public by January.
Other amenities at the 191-acre park include a softball complex with concessions, a beach entry swimming pool, soccer fields, a 1-mile walking path, ramadas, four sand volleyball courts, a bird & animal sanctuary, and a children's outdoor performance area. The addition of new playground equipment will round out the park as a major entertainment and nature destination in southeast Tucson.