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Scheduling an Outdoor Party? Tucson Parks Have You Covered

Greyson F

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Tired of your kids jumping on couch cushions and climbing up whatever they think is a play surface? If so, you’re not alone, but here in greater Tucson, that’s about to change. That is because, as of May 2, the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is now opening not only all ramadas for reservation, but amusement equipment will be opened again as well.

Due to the continued health and wellness guidelines in place throughout Pima County and, specifically, the city of Tucson itself, there will still be several guidelines you will need to follow if you are looking at reserving an outdoor area for a gathering or upcoming event.

For starters, if you want to reserve any ramada, the maximum gathering size will be capped at 75 people. Not all ramadas have the same features, so you will want to look into what is offered through the ramada you are interested in. For example, some come with electricity and grills, or picnic tables, bathrooms, some playground equipment, or other features. Not all ramadas have all of these features, so prior to reserving the location make sure you look up the park and ramada information through the Tucson Parks and Recreational website.

Also, the Parks Department does want to let you know that even if there are power outlets on-site that power may not be guaranteed as electricity is sometimes shut off to these locations throughout the summer for various reasons.

You can easily reserve your location either by stopping into the Administration building at 900 S. Randolph Way (if you would like some in-person help in selecting the right ramada for your event), you can call 520-791-4879 (and choose option 3), or you can fill out the required form at EZeereg.com.

Ramadas can be reserved for up to an entire day (a day begins at 8 AM and ends at 7 PM. Parks are closed from dusk until dawn). If you want to have beer served openly at your reservation you will need to fill out a beer permit through the same website, telephone number, or while stopping by the Admin building (in general it is recommended to do this at the same time to help ensure any confusion in paperwork).

When filling out the reservation you will ask some basic questions, including what kind of event you are reserving the ramada or playground equipment for (such as if it is for a celebration, family reunion, a church picnic, or so on).

In some instances, parties of more than 200 people will be allowed, but there are very specific guidelines for this. When this is the case you will need to type out a full letter describing, in detail, what kind of event you are putting on and provide it with your reservation. For this kind of event, it is better to deliver your information in person, which will allow you to address any questions the Parks and Rec department might have about the event.

Lastly, the Tucson Parks and Rec department does want to make sure you have a happy and healthy time with your reservation. To do this the department does require a $25 fee for the booking. This is to not only help cover the clerical costs of the paperwork but also the sanitation it requires to clean down the location and to make sure trash has been taken care of before your event (and after). Beer permits are the same price of $25. If you live outside of Tucson and are looking to book one of the ramadas, the cost does increase by $5 up to $30 for both the reservation and for beer permits.

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