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El Presidio Park

  • Interesting wall designs in this urban park
  • Above El Presidio Park in Tucson
  • El Presidio Park in Tucson


El Presidio Park


Title: El Presidio Park
Date: 6:00 am-10:30 pm
Price: Free
Highlights: Community square with a rose garden, Spanish conquistador statue, large fountain
& event space.
Description: Located downtown between City Hall and the Old County Courthouse, El Presidio
Park sits atop an underground parking garage. The site has been in use since 1539, and the
plaza's use as a park dates from 1776. In 1810, a Spanish garrison of about 300 military used
the park. The Mormon Battalion first placed the American flag in the park in 1846. The area
became known as Barrio Libre (Free Zone) in 1862, and has gone through a number of name
changes. The park's present development occurred in 1970-71. This 2.75-acre plaza contains
veterans' memorials, including a memorial wall and the Battle of the Bulge monument. There
is a small rose garden area dedicated to John F. Kennedy. A large fountain, various art pieces
including the Mormon Battalion and the El Soldado Cuera statue of a conquistador, as well as
several pieces of modern art adorn the park. El Presidio Park is a favorite location for many
community festivals, political gatherings, and weddings.

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Call 520-791-4873
Come visit us! 160 W Alameda St, Tucson, AZ - 85701,US

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