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Parks & Recreation
Engaging residents and visitors in diverse opportunities to live, invest and play in the community

Parks & Recreation
5970 W. Brown St.
Glendale AZ  85302

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Glendale Parks and Recreation is Nationally Accredited.
CAPRA provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies, and is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community.

Parks and Recreation
A division of the Community Services Department
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Parks and recreation news and events
Owlets Sublet with Amazing View!
A great horned owl family has moved into last year’s hawk nest at Thunderbird Conservation Park. To view photos, click here.
(Photos courtesy of Steve Franklin, Phoenix Firefighter)
Arbor Day proclamation Glendale Officials Join Desert Palms Students for Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony
More than 65 Desert Palms Elementary School third-graders, teachers and parents helped Glendale City Council members and Parks crews plant 12 new trees during a special Arbor Day ceremony held on Tuesday, April 26 at Cholla Park. Following the reading of the official Arbor Day Proclamation by Mayor Jerry Weiers and a “Fun Facts about Trees” presentation by Councilmember Bart Turner (Cholla District), the students read poems and displayed their artwork, especially created to the theme “Plant Trees…Make a Difference!”. As part of the morning’s festivities, the City of Glendale was recognized for 20 years of participation in the national Tree City USA program by Jerry Payne, Arizona State Forestry Division. Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the event.
Summer 2015 Glendale @ Play Guide Register for More Than 100 Classes:
The Spring Glendale @ Play Guide is here!
Glendale Parks and Recreation offers more than 100 classes for adults, teens and youth in the areas of arts, cooking, fitness, sports, well-being, music, dance and personal development.  All the class information can be found in the quarterly Glendale @ Play Guide. Pick up a copy at the Glendale libraries, Glendale Adult Center or the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, or download it here!  Download the Glendale @ Play Guide
Sizzling Summer Fun! Sizzling Summer Fun!
Glendale has what it takes to help you stay cool this summer. Go for a swim, learn something new, play some sports, or enjoy free live music, books, and art. You will love how much there is to do...indoors and out. Click here for details.

The Murph


It's Happening at The Murph!
Surrounded by unique shops and restaurants, Murphy Park is located in historic downtown Glendale and is the site of many of the city's special events including Glendale Glitters, Summer Band Concerts, Movies by Moonlight and the Chocolate Affaire. This charming neighborhood park features an expansive open-air amphitheatre and over two acres of shade trees, walking paths and grass areas, with the Velma Teague Branch Library nestled in the middle. Full calendar of events at The Murph!

Don't Miss Movies by Moonlight!
Fridays at dusk, Mar. 25, Apr. 8, Apr. 22, May 6 & May 20, at Murphy Park Amphitheatre, Downtown Glendale, 58th Ave. & Glendale Ave.
Catch a flick and spend a warm spring evening under the stars at our free film series. Enjoy family-friendly films, great box office hits and classic favorites. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs along with your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Free pre-movie activities for kids start at 6 p.m. Films include: Minions (Mar. 25); Inside Out (Apr. 8); The Good Dinosaur (Apr. 22); Frozen (May 6); and Big Hero 6 (May 20). For more information about Movies by Moonlight, call 623-930-2820 or click here to download the flyer.

Foothills 360 kids

Foothills 360 Youth Summer Program
Registration is now open!
Program runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 - Friday August 5*
at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Give your kids, ages 6-11, a memorable summer at this popular, supervised summer program where staff provide fun, age-appropriate programming in a variety of spaces within the facility. Parents, please be advised that all Foothills 360 sessions are drop-in programs and participants are able to come and go at their own will. Kids will enjoy swimming, rock wall climbing, gymnasium games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and active games. This Monday through Friday program fills quickly. Space is limited and available on a first-registered, first-served basis. You may register for one week or multiple weeks as long as space is available. Each child will need to bring a daily non-perishable lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks can also be purchased at the on-site café.

All refund or cancellation requests must be made by Wednesday of the week prior to your scheduled attendance to allow for individuals on the wait list to be contacted. All cancellation/refund requests will include a $25 processing fee per week, per child. For more information, call 623-930-4610.

Weekly enrollment fees: $110/week (non-resident $145/week). No preregistration fees.

*No program on May 30 or July 4. These weeks are prorated.

Register | Download Flyer

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League Sports for Adults & Teens Are Back!

  • Sponsor a Team Today!
    Merchants, companies and organizations – sponsor a team for $150 and receive your business name printed on a banner at the sports complex, recognition throughout the program, your own team shirt and a sponsor’s plaque.
    Sponsor Letter | Sponsor Application

  • Teen Coed Softball
    Sign up from Mar. 14 - May 6
    Late sign up: May 9-13 until 5 p.m. ($10 late fee)

  • Be a Volunteer Coach!
    Qualifications | Application

  • Summer Adult Softball Leagues Organizational Meeting
    6 p.m. for returning teams and 7 p.m. for new teams, Monday, June 6, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. (Auditorium)

    Click here for details.
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Before/After School Recreation Programs for the School Year
G.R.A.S.P. (Glendale Recreation After School Program) is a licensed recreation program, which provides a variety of activities for children ages 5 to 13 such as arts and crafts, recreation activities, guest speakers and much more. Click here for details.

Summer G.R.A.S.P. Programs
Monday - Friday, May 31-July 29
Choose from a drop-in recreation program, a licensed childcare program, and field trip packages. For more information, call 623-930-2820, email or click here.

Lifeguard Strong Swimmer? Be a Lifeguard!
Glendale will be conducting interviews to hire summer, certified lifeguards, 15 years or older, at our two aquatics centers. Click here for details.
Telescope 39th Annual Saguaro Astronomy Club
FREE Public Star Party

6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at the Thunderbird Conservation Park, 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane (3/4 mile north of Deer Valley Road)
Members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club will have large and small telescopes set up and available for public viewing. Sunset is at 7:22 p.m. They will show a variety of astronomical objects including the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies and deep sky wonders. Club volunteers will be glad to answer questions you may have about the heavens and astronomy in general. Weather permitting, please join us for a night under the stars!
Sponsored by Glendale Parks & Recreation and hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club.
Daddy/Daughter Dance Foothills Daddy/Daughter Dance
7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
This is your chance to show your little girl how special she is. Create lasting memories by treating her to a night of fun with music, dancing and dessert. Dads or other significant male may attend. Open to daughters aged 3-12. Dress code is semi-formal. The cost is $15 for Dad (#353164-01) and $5 for each daughter (#353264-01). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 12.

Heroes Regional Park Archery Range Targets Summer 2016 Opening!
Glendale’s Heroes Regional Park will soon add a 16-lane practice and competition archery range for both novice and professional archers to its current array of amenities. Click here for details.

Material Donations “Piling Up” for Planned Archery Range
Special thanks to Arizona Rock Products Association member Salt River Materials Group for their generous donation of 400 tons of gravel, as well as Heritage Trucking for use of their trucks and drivers for the transport and delivery.

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Historic Main House Museum Tour
September - May: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays & 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays
June/July: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays (closed in August)
at Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Enjoy a trip back in time. Learn about the house built between 1891 and 1898, the history and the people who lived there. Call 623-930-4201 or click here for more information about this free tour.

Bus Temporary Park N Ride Location at the FRAC
Glendale Parks & Recreation is currently partnering with the city’s Transportation Department to provide a temporary Park N Ride location for Valley Metro bus routes 573 and 575 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center. Approximately 50 spaces toward the far western portion of the parking lot will be used. This location was specifically chosen as recreation staff felt it minimized the impact on the members of the center. The Transportation Department has also dedicated a staff person to monitor the area to ensure the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center patrons are unaffected by the temporary Park N Ride location. For questions call 623-930-4334, Parks & Recreation, or 623-930-3509, Transit Management.
glendale adult center Discover the Glendale Adult Center
Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday-Friday, 5970 W. Brown St.
The Glendale Adult Center offers a variety of programs and activities for adults. Fitness programs and center, billiards, traveling, games, lunch program, classes, clubs, computer access, special events and so much more can be yours. Take a tour today. For information, click here.
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Sports Organizations in Neighborhood Parks
Many of Glendale's 55 neighborhood parks have become destination points for youth and adult sports organizations. These parks are generally not designed for such use.  Read more...

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CPR CPR/AED Training
6 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 9, at the Arrowhead Towne Center Community Room, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
$37 (non-resident $42)
The CPR/AED Training program is designed to provide those with an occupational requirement or personal enrichment interest with the core knowledge and hands-on skills to provide care for the injured until EMS arrives. Click here for details.
Mystery Shopping

Mystery Shopping
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St., or
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at the Arrowhead Towne Center Community Room, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
$35 (non-resident $42)

Looking for extra income? Imagine eating at a restaurant or going to the movies and getting paid to do it. Learn what mystery shopping is, how to get started, how to get assignments and how to evaluate places such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Click here (May 18) or click here (May 25) for details.


Child Care & Babysitting Workshop
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Arrowhead Towne Center Community Room, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
$65 (non-resident $75)

Ages 12-18 can learn safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. Class covers CPR, first aid, techniques for active children and how to have a successful babysitting adventure. Click here for details.

Bowling Adaptive Bowling
9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 28-July 23, at Glenfair Lanes Bowling Alley, 6110 N. 59th Ave.
$23 (non-resident $30)
Ages 8 and older can improve their bowling game, enjoy the support of others and make new friends! Parents, guardians and caregivers volunteer and assist those with special needs to make this a rewarding experience. Click here for details.
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Looking for healthy & safe activities for you and your family?
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We provide a variety of recreation, educational and social activities for Glendale citizens from toddler to senior adult through special interest classes, the Adult Center, sports, aquatics and after school programs. We are responsible for park maintenance, park planning and the scheduling of 44 facilities including meeting rooms, ramadas, swimming pools, recreation centers and lighted and unlighted sports fields.


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