Nestled in the Rita Ranch subdivision, Purple Heart Park is one of the few parks in the far southeast side of Tucson.
The park opened in the early 90's and is "dedicated to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, men and women killed or injured during combat while members of the Armed Services."
At 37.2 acres, Purple Heart Park offers 3 little league fields, 1 softball field, 1 sand volleyball (bring your own net), a skate park, a dog park, 3 playgrounds, and 3 ramadas.
Note that improvements are coming to Purple Heart Park due to the successful passage of Proposition 407. Projects will include: a new splash pad, a new basketball court, a new ramada, a new parking lot, and renovations to the pool & skate park.
The hours are 6:00am to 10:30pm.
Free. Daily admission to the Purple Heart Park Pool, which is open seasonally from June to August, is $2 for adults (18+) and FREE for youths (17 and under).
Free. There are three parking lots - one on the east side, one on the west side (near the dog park), and one on the north side. Pull-in style parking.
Sun safety is encouraged. Prepare for a perfect day at the park with a hat, drinking water, snacks, and sunscreen.
October thru April are ideal because the temperatures tend to be more moderate than in the summer months. That said, the park can also be enjoyed in the summer months - especially in the early morning hours and at dusk.
How many playgrounds are there at Purple Heart Park?
Two. The playground on the east side of the park has two regular swings, two baby swings, and two slides. The playground on the west side of the park has three slides and no swings.
The east playground has a dirt surface. The west playground has a rubber surface.
The playground on the east side is not shaded. The playground on the west side has some shade.
No. That being said, little ones will likely still enjoy running through the grass, going on walks, having a picnic, or trying the "big slides" with assistance from parents.
Purple Heart Pool is a summer season facility, which means it is only open between June and August of each year.
The 7-lane pool has a stair entry leading to a shallow water area. The depth gradually increases to 6 feet in the 25-yard lap swim area. There is a small shade structure and grassy area adjacent to the pool.
During the summer months, Purple Heart Pool offers affordable swim lesson, synchronized swim team, and competitive swim team options through Tucson Parks and Recreation.
Named after Ivan, a TPD police dog lost in the line of duty, this one-acre facility features two separate areas for large and small dogs. The site is fenced with a concrete inner walking path, dog-friendly drinking fountains, benches, trees and shrubs, landscape irrigation, decomposed granite surface, boulders, and solar lights.
There are three ramadas at Purple Heart Park - one on the east side, one on the west side, and one near the sports fields. There are also several other tables with BBQ grills that are unshaded.
Yes. Adjacent to each table/ramada.
Our top picks within a 5-mile radius are:
Fry's Food is less than a mile away.
Papa John's and Pizza Hut are both nearby.
There are two unisex bathrooms, centrally located in the park. There are also two porta-potties near the sports fields.
Yes. The rent is $15-$20 for a half-day or $25-$30 for a full day.
|Parks & Rec Facility||NO|
|Sports Fields||YES – four baseball/softball fields and one sand volleyball court|
|Walking/Biking Paths||YES - the walking path covers 1-mile|
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