Reid Park – Origin of name

Officially the Gene C. Reid Park, opens a new window, this park is named after Gene C. Reid, the city’s first Park and Recreation director. Located in the heart of Tucson at 900 S. Randolph Way, Reid Park is home to the Cele Peterson Rose Garden, the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center, Hi Corbett Field, and many more amenities enjoyed by Tucsonans.

In Reid Park, the lake system and the zoo are also named Reid. Reid Park was originally called Randolph Park but the park’s name was changed to Reid Park in 1978. In 1965 Reid established the zoo that bears his name.


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What’s in a name? It might surprise you, the nomenclature of sports facilities, opens a new window.” Arizona Daily Star. August 21, 1991. Page D1.

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