Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
3482 East River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718
Fenton Memorial Park
Park hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Visitor Center hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- antique fair
- covered basketball court
Two covered basketball courts are available
for basketball events by reservation through the field coordinator.
Please call 877-6120. The half-size sunny court is first come, first
Located in the east part of park, easily
accessible from Dodge Boulevard.
- drinking water
- environmental education
- equestrian facilities
Equestrian area is scheduled through the staff
at the visitors center. Please call 232-1201.
- exercise stations
- historic site
- lighted sports fields
- picnic area
Ramada B, D, and E are by the play area, G is
east of the visitor center, all have electricity.
Call 877-6211 or email email@example.com to reserve, fee is $25 for
the full day.
Ramada A is at the south end of the commons
and memorial garden. There is no grill and the fee is $25 for the
The Ramada at the equestrian area is called the hay barn, fee is $50
for the full day.
Call 232-1201 ONLY to reserve Ramada A, the commons, the equestrian
area or the hay barn ramada.
Use of the three athletic fields is scheduled
by NRPR's field coordinator. Please call 877-6120.
Splash Park is available from mid-April until
October 31 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
About the Park
The 56.7-acre Brandi Fenton Memorial Park (BFMP)
is in Pima County, north of the Rillito River at the new River Road
and Alvernon Way intersection. Pima County has created a unique park
that balances the need for public recreation while retaining the
character of the Binghampton Rural Historic Landscape through a
collaborative effort involving citizens, elected officials, and Pima
The park�s scope includes three soccer
fields, covered basketball courts, shade ramadas, an equestrian
arena and facilities, horse shoe pits, a play ground, a splash park,
an off-leash dog park, walking paths, a fitness course, and a
memorial garden at the visitor center. Also, BFMP hosts community
programs such as local art displays and Breast Cancer Boot Camp and
environmental education programs on topics like historic
agricultural practices, current water usage, and riparian
As a major watercourse through the Tucson
metropolitan area, the Rillito River forms an uninterrupted corridor
along which wildlife can move. Additionally, the historically
shallow groundwater along the Rillito supported extensive stands of
Though much of this vegetation has been
removed or died due to lowered water tables, Pima County and other
public agencies have initiated several projects to reestablish
riparian habitat along the river. As these habitat restoration
projects mature, they will serve to enhance the biological value of
The establishment of Brandi Fenton Memorial
Park will complement the biological enhancement of the river
corridor. The park will serve to keep as open space nearly 60 acres
of adjacent land. Most of the park site was previously cleared of
native vegetation as part of historic farming and ranching
operations. As such, there are no large stands of undisturbed
vegetation to be preserved.
Please see below the unique nature of this
registered National Historic Landscape. There are, however,
individual native plant specimens that have volunteered on the site.
As part of the detailed design and engineering phase of the project,
these plants were evaluated in accordance with Pima County Native
Plant Preservation ordinances to determine if they should be
preserved-in-place, transplanted, or removed.
Many of the existing mature trees were
salvaged either in place, or relocated within the park boundaries.
Extensive additional planting was designed to enhance the preserved
vegetation, all irrigated with reclaimed water sources. Within the
park the installation and maintenance of native upland and riparian
plant species will serve to enhance the site�s habitat value. And,
as stated above, programs on environmental issues will serve to
educate the community.
Historic Restoration / Preservation
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park is located on the
alluvial flood plain of the Rillito River, one of the principal
water courses through the Tucson Basin. The relative abundance of
water on the site has created conditions favorable to human
habitation and use.
Pre-historic native cultures, early Anglo
settlers, and more recent residents of the basin have lived on,
cultivated, and used the land for a variety of human endeavors. As a
result, the area contains a range of pre-historic and historic
Due to the presence of existing cultural
resources including structures (homes, barns, and other buildings),
irrigation canal remnants, cleared agricultural field plots,
hedgerows, and landscape plantings, certain lands within and
surrounding the area were nominated for the National Register by
Pima County and, after more than a decade of work by committed
community members, thus designated as a historic rural landscape in
In aggregate, these features convey to the
public the history of human use of the site. Approximately 427 acres
of land, including the entirely of the BFMP, are now listed on the
National Register of Historic Places as the Binghampton Rural
Historic Landscape, a first in Pima County. From the onset, Pima
County developed the BFMP conscience of the area�s historic
landscape designation, with historical preservation and
interpretation as a primary goal.
To respect and interpret the history of the
site, Pima County worked toward the following goals. Preserving
existing historic structures on the site through renovation and
adaptive re-use. Preserving existing landscape and site features on
the site that contribute to the site�s historic character.
Installing interpretive signs and displays that convey the site�s
history to park visitors. Developing interpretive and educational
programs related to the history of the site.
Re-establishing stone-fruit and nut orchards
within the park site. Planting field crops that can be grown in
conjunction with on-going educational and interpretive programs.
Programming, a classroom building, and greenhouse for the
implementation of educational interpretive programs related to
historic and contemporary agriculture for the next phase of
Existing historic structures on the site were
preserved through renovation and adaptive re-use such as the old
Davidson House which will serve as an area for historical
interpretation, public use, and office space. Other historical
resources that have been preserved include the Post Residence, now
the Caretaker House; the Garcia Residence, now the Visitor Center;
the McKee Residence, now the Operations & Maintenance Facility;
the Hay Barn, now the Equestrian Area Grandstand Shade Structure;
and the stable, now the storage building adjacent to the playground
area. Additionally, exhibits in the park provide historical
information and interpretation for visitors.
Brandi Fenton Memorial Park has been above all
a cooperative, community effort, with a variety of funding sources,
both public and private. On March 2, 2005, the Pima County Board of
Supervisors named the park �Brandi Fenton Memorial Park at the
Binghampton Historic District� to honor and commemorate the life
of a young Pima County citizen who died tragically in an accident at
the age of thirteen.
As a way of honoring Brandi�s remarkable but
all too brief life, the Fenton family initiated a public � private
partnership, the Brandi Michelle Fenton Foundation, to advocate for
and help fund, the development of this park. The organizers of the
Private Fund Raising Activities have many reasons to be commended.
Through their efforts they have provided the most private sector
money for a park project in a very long time.
This first phase of development was larger and
accomplished on an accelerated schedule due to the efforts and
support of the Foundation.
BFMP serves as a major recreation / open space
node along the Rillito River corridor. Along the Rillito and other
major watercourses Pima County has developed, and continues to
develop, a system of linear parks. These river parks are in-and-of
themselves a valued recreation resource.
They also serve to connect other parks,
community facilities, schools, and residential neighborhoods. This
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department
Project involved the construction of a paved shared-use path,
landscape development, and other improvements along the north bank
of the Rillito River, from Campbell Avenue to Dodge Boulevard.
A portion of the river park will abut the BFMP
site. This project is of significance to the park in that it will
facilitate pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian access to the park
via completed portions of the Rillito River Park and connecting
Urban growth of the Tucson metropolitan area
over the past century has contributed to an acute need for public
park facilities; historically, Binghampton was founded 7 miles north
of Tucson. More recent residential developments to the north and
established residential neighborhoods to the south of the Rillito
River Bend area have been historically underserved in terms of park
and recreational facilities. BFMP has helped to correct these
Beat Cancer Boot Camp
Beat Cancer Boot Camp provides an opportunity
for education and mentoring, a chance to meet new people, share
stories, set goals, build strength and stamina, and take charge of
your health. The office is in the southwest corner of the visitors
There are monthly lunch and supper meetings,
an overnight retreat, and workshops and lectures on nutrition and
wellness. The Boot Camp exercise course is at Ramada G. For more
information check www.beatcancerbootcamp.com or call 546-1601.