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Parks & Recreation
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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.


The City of Glendale owns two aquatics centers, the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center and the Rose Lane Aquatics Center, plus a splash pad in Heroes Park. For more information, call 623-930-2820 or 623-930-4600.
Aquatics Centers

Foothills pool
Foothills Aquatics Center
5600 W. Union Hills Dr. • 623-930-4600
(on Union Hills, east of 59th Ave.)

This year-round facility includes: lap swimming, water aerobics, and private swim teams.

Summer activities include seasonal youth private and group swim lessons, year-round adult private lessons, public recreation swimming, full facility private pool rentals as well as "Pool Patio Parties," and Red Cross lifeguard as well as instructor certification programs. Foothills amenities include 2 giant slides, a kiddie slide, a zero depth entry leisure pool with spray features, a lazy river, diving well with 2 diving boards and 6 lap lanes. Foothills has full locker rooms with “day use” lockers, so please bring your own lock or you may purchase one at the Foothills Service Desk.

Rose Lane pool
Rose Lane Aquatics Center
5003 W. Marlette Ave. • 623-930-7905
(east of 51st Ave., north of Bethany Home Rd.)

This seasonal facility is only open to the public during the summer. Activities include full facility aquatic rentals, seasonal private swim lessons, group swim lessons, and summer public recreation swimming.

Rose Lane includes a large, zero depth entry leisure pool with spray features, a splash pad, a giant slide, a kiddie slide, and a big pool with a diving well and a diving board. Rose Lane has outdoor "day use" lockers. Please bring your own lock or you may purchase one at the Rose Lane Cashier's Office. This facility is only staffed when the pools are open for aquatic programming.

View a Slide Show of the Foothills Aquatics Center here!

Facility hours: Monday-Thursday 1-5 p.m., Fridays 1-7 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

View a Slide Show of the Rose Lane Aquatics Center here!

Facility hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1-6 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

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Summer Public Recreation Swim Information

June 4 through August 6, 2016 (Open during regular facility hours)
The 2016 Summer Aquatics Season has ended. Please call 623-930-2838 if you would like information about privately renting a pool.

splash pad
Heroes Park Splash Pad
FREE! (subject to change)
83rd Ave & Berridge Ln. • 623-930-2838
(on 83rd Ave., just north of Bethany Home Rd.)
This is a summer, seasonal facility.
Summer hours:
May 28 - August 14: open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
August 20 - September 5: open weekends only from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Lifeguard Lifeguard Positions

Strong Swimmer?  Be a Lifeguard!
Lifeguarding is a leadership position where you will learn to handle emergencies in, on and around the water. Glendale conducts interviews to hire summer, certified lifeguards, 15 years or older, at our two aquatics centers.

Applying for a Lifeguard Job with Glendale
When Glendale has certified lifeguard positions available, the jobs will be posted here. If you do not see a part-time position posted, you can still register your application and then check back for the posting you are interested in. Click on the APPLY link whenever you see a job you want to be considered for. A resume may NOT take the place of an official application.

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Adult Private Swimming Lessons
Adults (ages 15+) who want to improve their skills and feel safe around water can receive one-on-one instruction from a certified, experienced lifeguard. Each lesson is 30 minutes. The cost per lesson is $35 (non-resident $42) and preregistration is required. EXTREMELY LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! For more information, call 623-930-2838.

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Swim & Diving Team Information

The City of Glendale does not offer competitive team programs. As alternative options, following is a list of community organizations that offer competitive team programs. (Note: These organizations are NOT affiliated with the City of Glendale).

  • Swim Neptune / 602-358-8458 / Website
    Practice at Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., and at the Glendale Peoria YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave. Offers a summer swim and diving team/league similar to the program Glendale has offered in previous years.
  • Arizona Swimming Gauchos / 602-674-0125
    Practice at Glendale Community Pool at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave. Offers swim training, competitive teams and meets for all ages and levels, including an adult (Master’s) swim team.
  • Arizona Desert Gems / 480-609-1776
    Practice at Glendale Community Pool at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave. Offers synchronized swim (swimming and dancing combined) training and competitive meets for all ages and levels.

The Glendale Aquatics Division would like to remind Glendale residents to follow some simple rules for water safety and healthy swimming. These rules should apply to your backyard pool and any pool you may visit during the summer.

  • Always watch your children around water (even at pools with lifeguards)
  • Learn CPR (The Glendale Fire Department Offers Classes)
  • Teach your children (and yourself) how to swim
  • Follow the 6 “PLEAs” of Healthy Swimming (Directly from Center for Disease Control Website):
    arrow Please do not swim when you have diarrhea. This is especially important for kids in diapers. You can spread germs and make other people sick.
    arrow Please do not swallow pool water. Avoid getting water in your mouth.
    arrow Please practice good hygiene. All City of Glendale Pools require participants to take a shower before swimming. Please wash your hands after using the restroom or changing diapers. Germs on your body may end up in the water.
    arrow Please take your kids for bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear “ I have to go” may mean it’s too late.
    arrow Please change diapers and swim suits in the bathroom or changing area and not poolside. Germs can spread to surfaces and objects in and around the pool and spread illness.
    arrow Please wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming. Everyone has invisible amounts of fecal matter on their bottoms that end up in pools.
  • For more information on water safety and swimming programs,please call 623 930-2838. Keep you and your family safe .
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