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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
Summer 2015 Glendale @ Play Guide
Register for More Than 100 Classes:
The Fall 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

NEW! Update: Heroes Regional Park Proposed Archery Range
On March 18, 2014 the City Council reviewed and discussed a Council Item of Interest regarding the possible construction of an archery range at the Heroes Regional Park, which is a partially-developed 87-acre park located at 83rd and Bethany Home Road.  Click here for updates concerning this proposed project.

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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.

SRPHA site tour Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. Meet at the Main House front porch. Call 623-930-4201 or click here for more information.
Golf ball Golf 101
11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Oct. 3, or 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Oct. 7, at the Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course, 5450 W. Northern Ave.

Adults (Ages 18+)
$99 (non-resident $109). Click here for details.

Kids & Teens (Ages 9-17)
$79 (non-resident $89). Click here for details.

Sneaker New River Trail Expansion Grand Opening & Fun Run/Walk
Monday, Oct. 12, at Northern Ave. & 99th Ave.
Join the cities of Glendale and Peoria to celebrate the newest expansion of the New River Trail System from Northern Avenue to Bethany Home Road. Begin the day with a 4.45 mile run/walk at 7:30 a.m. or a 2.20 mile run/walk at 8 a.m. The festivities continue with an official dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. The $5.00 registration fee benefits the Valley of the Sun United Way. For more information and to register, click here.
Touch a Truck Touch a Truck - FREE ADMISSION
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., East Parking Lot
This free event is FUN for the entire family and educational too! Come out, look at, sit in and “Touch A Truck” of all sizes and shapes. This unique and exciting event is a wonderful opportunity for families to see, touch, interact with and learn about big trucks and their functions. Industrial, commercial, rental, fire and city vehicles will be on display. Enjoy shopping, dining and more before and after the event at Westgate Entertainment District! For more information, call 623-930-2820. Click here to download the flyer.
Telescope 38th Annual Saguaro Astronomy Club FREE Public Star Party
6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 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 telescopes (large and small) set up and available for public viewing (sunset 5:53 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 & Neighborhood Services and hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club. For more information, visit
Yorkie dogs Dog Training
7 to 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays for 4 weeks beginning Oct. 27, at Sands Park, 55th Ave. & Orangewood
Train your dog using friendly, non-violent techniques. $59 (non-resident $69). Click here for details.
Halloween costumes Not So Scary Halloween Luncheon
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy this annual favorite along with your fellow ghosts and goblins, with fun, food and entertainment provided by “Scary Mary.” There will be a costume contest as well. Menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggies and carrot cake. $6 members, $8 non-members. Get your tickets in advance for this sure sellout event. Tickets must be purchased at the GAC front desk between Sept. 28-Oct. 29. Door prizes sponsored by Vivabien. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
Halloween kids Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Children, ages 10 and younger, can load up on candy at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and enjoy an evening of activities, including carnival games, inflatable bounce houses and an inflatable slide, photo opportunities, face painting, train rides (additional cost, cash only), a costume parade, and arts and crafts. Admission can be purchased the night of the event for $4 ($5 non-residents). Supervision is required; parents are FREE. For more information, call 623-930-4610.
Santa hat 9th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kids of all ages are invited to this special event where they can purchase holiday presents (everything is $2) for their friends, family or even their pets. A store will be set up with a variety of items sure to make everyone happy. Santa’s elves will be on site to wrap their selection in holiday wrapping paper. Please arrive early for best selection of products. For more information, please contact Darren at 623-930-4610.
Ornament Holiday Luncheon Visit from Santa
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Celebrate the joy of this special season with your friends. Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist, is back to provide fun and entertainment. Sumptuous lunch includes chicken cordon bleu, twice-baked potatoes, French cut green beans, cake and ice cream! Door prizes sponsored by Vivabien. $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance between Nov. 9 - Dec. 12. You may bring a pair of new socks to donate to the AZ Veterans Home. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
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Historic Main House Museum Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays, September - December, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 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.  Please note that tours are closed in August.  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.
Trees being planted at Sahuaro Ranch Park New trees for Glendale's Sahuaro Ranch Park from the NFL
The NFL donated almost 50 fruit trees to Glendale’s Sahuaro Ranch Park as part of a Super Bowl 49 environmental program. Watch the video
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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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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