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January 5, 2018
Tucson Parks adds to board

The Tucson Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the following community leaders to its board. They include Teresa Bravo, Pima County Economic Development and International Projects Coordinator; Dan Chambers, who is retired and a community philanthropist; Sara Kaufman, Southern Arizona Adult Tennis League Coordinator and Annemarie Medina, YMCA of Southern Arizona Vice President of Corporate and Community Partnerships.

The Tucson Parks Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983 to provide philanthropic support to the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department

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Summer Track and Field and Road Races in June and July

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department will be hosting the annual summer track and field and road races throughout June and July. Track and field is every Tuesday, June 7 – July 19, at Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St.  Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and the meet begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Events will include: long jump, turbo javelin (18 and under), shot put, high jump, 50 meter dash (5 and under), 100, 200 and 400 meter dash, 800, 1600, 3200 meter runs, 4 x 100 relay, and 4 x 400 relay.

Road races are every Thursday, June 9 – July 21, at Reid, Freedom, and Kennedy parks. Locations will rotate each week in that order, beginning and ending at Reid Park. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m., with races starting at 6:30 p.m. Events will include: 1 mile predict, 2K, and 5K race.

The costs for these events are $3 for youth 17 and under and $4 for adults. Ribbons will be given to the top finishers at each track and field meet and road race. More information can be found on the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation sports webpage or call the Sports Unit at 520-791-4870.

Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission Awards Presentation

The 2016 Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission Awards will be presented by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild on Tuesday, May 17 at the Mayor and Council meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at 255 W. Alameda St. There are sixteen award recipients this year. Below is a list of the individuals and organizations who will receive an award, including a brief description of their accomplishments.


Kendall Kroesen, Tucson Audubon Society

Diane Sand, Tucson Parks and Recreation

Jennifer Psillas, Tucson Parks and Recreation

In appreciation for their collaboration on a comprehensive birding map promoting wildlife watching and conservation in the Tucson area; making a rich local resource readily available to residents and visitors of all levels of expertise and interest.


J.D. Wilcox, Reid Park Rose Garden volunteer

In appreciation for his continued dedication, passion, and devotion to the Reid Park Rose Garden and keeping this great treasure beautiful for all Tucsonans. He arrives every morning with a great attitude, ready to work, and saves the Parks and Recreation department countless man hours.


Haley Moretz, University of Arizona Nutrition Network

In appreciation of the strong relationship that KIDCO and the UA Nutrition Network have built over the past nine years and the positive effect it has had on the KIDCO program participants and staff.


El Rio Center Community volunteers: Sensei Eli Curiel – Karate

Carmen Baron and Maria Murrieta – Youth Folklorico Dance

Bettina Montanez, Angela Montanez, and Sylvia Lopez – Adult Folklorico Dance

In recognition of their more than 2,000 hours of volunteer time at the El Rio Center; because of their efforts many students have been able to learn a new skill they otherwise would not have been afforded.


Udall Recreation Center Team: Jerry Kincade, Joeseph Stubbins, and Samantha Marquez

In appreciation of the staff at the Udall Regional Recreation Center who maintain one of the busiest facilities in the Parks and Recreation department and offer a variety of programs and special events year-round. They take pride in their job and performing at a high level. They are an outstanding team and represent the Parks and Recreation department and the City of Tucson as model employees.


Michael Givens, Tucson Parks and Recreation and El Rio Theatre Performing Arts Guild

In appreciation of coordinating and directing a diverse group of actors and technicians, each with different levels of experience and availability, that has resulted in ten years of Shakespeare in the Park.


Peggy Williams, San Juan Park/Vista del Pueblo Park/A Mountain Community Neighborhood

In recognition of her activism, volunteerism, and stewardship in the west-side Tucson community and for beautifying the nearby parks, Sentinel Peak, San Juan, and Vista del Pueblo.


Summer time with Tucson Parks and Recreation!

Deadline for summer class registration is May 17The Program Guide and Class Catalog contains complete information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration and the Discount Program. Enjoy classes in drawing and painting, theatre, sports, music, arts and crafts, aquatics, gymnastics, pottery, jewelry, dance, health and fitness, ceramics, therapeutics and more! There are still a few spots available in July at some of our KIDCO sites for all day summer camp for kids ages 5-11. Register online at

Swim Lessons Only $2 For Discount Program Participants

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program, will offer $2 summer swim lessons to the first 1,400 registered who qualify for the discount program. Lessons will be offered at 18 pool locations throughout the city. To find out if you qualify, view the Discount Program guidelines at or call 791-4877. You must register for the discounted lessons in person at 900 S. Randolph Way. For those who do not qualify for the Discount Program, swim lessons will be $15. Lessons are offered in four, two-week sessions, with eight lessons per session during June and July. See page 8 of the Summer Program Guide and Class Catalog for more information.


Tucson Fitness Month

May is Tucson Fitness Month. Check out the free fitness classes on the mayor’s website and get active, get fit! Remember to bring a photo ID to all YMCA locations. Health and wellness is important and, whatever our situation, we can take steps to improve both – literally – by moving. That’s why Mayor Jonathan Rothschild started Tucson Moves a Million Miles and now, Tucson Fitness Month. After a month of moving, you’ll be ready for the Tucson Medical Center Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run/Walk on Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m. at Reid Park. Registration info at


Sun Tran SummerGO Pass

High School students can get unlimited rides on Sun Tran, the Sun Link streetcar and select Sun Shuttle routes, free entrance into City of Tucson pools and other discounts all summer! For more information, please call 520-792-9222 or visit

Who: High School Students (must have school ID)
When: May 22 – Aug. 5
Cost: $45


Pools Open May 28 – Aug. 5

Cool off at one of our 18 City pools this summer. To find a pool near you, visit our website

Cost: $1 youth, $2 adult


Auditions for Shakespeare in the Park

El Rio Theatre Project presents William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost coming this fall. Come audition for a part in this production.

Where: 200 S. Alvernon Way
When: July 7-8 at 6:30 p.m.
More info: Call 791-4353

SummerGo Youth Pass Pilot Program Launched


High school students have access to unlimited rides on regional public transit, City pools & more 

TUCSON, Ariz. – Sun Tran and City of Tucson’s Department of Transportation have launched the SummerGO Youth Pass pilot program, available for purchase now through June. The new Youth Pass provides high school-aged students with a valid student ID, unlimited rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes as well as unlimited use of City of Tucson pools from May 22 through August 5. Additionally, the SummerGO Youth Pass offers pass holders special summer discounts at Skate Country, Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Goodness Fresh Food and Juice Bar.

The pilot program launches in time for the summer vacation, providing an ideal transit option for teenagers and an alternative to the current 1-Day and 30-Day pass options.

The new SunGO Card with a SummerGO Youth Pass costs $45, a great value offering a discount of over 50 percent off. The pass can be purchased at the following select sales locations:

  • Sun Tran Special Services Office – 35 W. Alameda St.
  • Sun Tran Administrative Office – 3910 N. Sun Tran Blvd.
  • Archer Neighborhood Center and Pool – 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.
  • Donna R. Liggins Northwest Neighborhood Center – 2160 N. 6th Ave.
  • El Pueblo Activity Center – 101 W. Irvington Rd.
  • El Rio Neighborhood Center – 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
  • Randolph Recreation Center – 200 S. Alvernon Way
  • Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center – 1055 S. 10th Ave.
  • Udall Pool and Recreation Center – 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • Clements Pool – 8155 E. Poinciana Dr.
  • Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center 3455 E. Zoo Court
  • El Pueblo Pool – 5100  S. Missiondale
  • Freedom Pool – 5000 E. 29th St.
  • Mansfield Pool – 2000 N. 4th Ave.


Additionally, select high schools throughout the community are selling the SummerGO Youth Pass to their student body. Students are asked to check with their high school’s front office to determine if they are a sales location. Promotional materials can be found on campus at select sales outlet high schools.

Pass sales will be tested and then evaluated to determine if the pilot program or similar program will be integrated into the public transportation fare structure on a long-term basis.

For additional information on the SummerGO Youth Pass visit, or call Customer Service at (520) 792-9222.

31st Annual Senior Olympics Festival Registration Open

Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include: volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more.

What: The 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival featuring nearly 100 events and activities at more than 20 venues throughout the City of Tucson.
When: Jan. 12-Feb. 1, 2015
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Who:  Ages 50 years of age or older

Registration:  Register through Dec. 31 at Entry fee varies by event, please visit the website below for more information on fees.  Note: Any registration received after Jan. 1, 2015 will be subject to a $3 per event late fee. No registrations will be accepted after Jan. 10, 2015 (or postmarked by Jan. 10)

Additional Information: The event promotes health, fitness and an active lifestyle among seniors and is expected to attract 2,000+ participants. It is Tucsons largest organized annual senior activity. There will be a dinner and dance on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites.

Contact: For complete Senior Olympic Festival information visit Contact Mike Davis at or 791-3244 to have a book mailed to you.