Gene Reid Park isn't the most complete regional city park, but it's the one Tucsonans like the best. Kennedy Park on the westside has more ramadas, barbecue pits and picnic sites, and Fort Lowell Park takes top honors for the number of lighted tennis courts, but Reid still wins the blue ribbon in reader voting. In the olden days, Snappa Cappa and other beer-drinking fraternities used to stack empties whenever they pleased. Beer drinking in park facilities is still permitted, but now only with a beer permit, valid for a specific date and site. Aside from the traditional eating/drinking/playing activities people do in park settings, this site off 22nd Street also offers the diversion of a zoo with more than 500 exotic animals.
Agua Caliente, 12325 E. Roger Road
3. Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.