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, 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.
When is Purple Heart Park open?
The hours are 6:00am to 10:30pm.
Why would I visit Purple Heart Park?
- To enjoy a picnic with family and friends
- To cheer on a sports team
- To go on a walk
- To take your dog for a walk
- To play on the playground
- To swim at the public pool
- To pull together a game of sand volleyball
- To do tricks at the skate park
How much does it cost to visit Purple Heart Park?
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).
What is the parking situation at Purple Heart Park?
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.
What should I bring with me when I visit Purple Heart Park?
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 Purple Heart Park?
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.
What is the ground surface beneath the playgrounds?
The east playground has a dirt surface. The west playground has a rubber surface.
Are the playgrounds shaded?
The playground on the east side is not shaded. The playground on the west side has some shade.
Is there an area for tots & babies?
PURPLE HEART POOL
Purple Heart 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. The pool features a grassy area and shade structure.
How many tables are there at Purple Heart Park?
Three ramadas – 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.
Are trash cans available and easily accessible?
Are there BBQ grills?
Yes. Adjacent to each table/ramada.
Is there an on-site restaurant or cafe?
What restaurants do you recommend in the area?
Our top picks within a 5-mile radius are:
- Sa-Ing Thai Cuisine, 9136 E. Valencia (1.6 miles away) – lunch, dinner, traditional Thai
- Luckie’s Thai Asian Cuisine, 8110 S. Houghton Rd (0.7 miles away) – familiar Thai & Chinese plates
- Rancho Rustico, 10275 E. Old Vail Rd (1.6 miles away) – authentic Mexican food
- Happy Wok, 9040 E. Valencia Rd (1.7 miles away) – Chinese take-out (no delivery)
- ***BONUS! Saguaro Corners, 3750 S. Old Spanish (7.8miles away) – comfort food, patio dining, indoor/outdoor bar, live music, happy hour
How close is the nearest grocery store?
Fry’s Food is less than a mile away.
How close is the nearest pizza delivery place?
Papa John’s and Pizza Hut are both nearby.
Are restrooms available? Where are they located?
There are two unisex bathrooms, centrally located in the park. There are also two porta-potties near the sports fields.
Are toilet seat covers available?
Are toiletries available?
No soap. No mirrors. No paper towels. No drying machines.
Is a family restroom available?
Both restrooms are unisex.
Can I rent a ramada for a birthday party or other event? What is the cost?
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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