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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
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Quarterly Magazine

Click here to view, download
and subscribe to the quarterly Glendale @ Play Guide.

*Oops! We made an error on the print version of the magazine; Spring 2017 is printed on the cover, but it should read Winter 2017, which is December, January and February. We apologize for the confusion! Your Spring 2017 Glendale @ Play issue will be published near the end of February.

Parks and recreation news and events
Movies by Moonlight

Movies by Moonlight - Spring Family Movie Series
Murphy Park Amphitheatre • Free admission
Spend a cool evening under the stars enjoying a family-friendly box office hit. Bring your blanket or lawn chair.
Download movie flyer  | Learn more

Battle of the Bands

Glendale's Got Game...and Guitars!
Battle of the Bands March 4 at West Valley Fair & Music Festival
Calling all teens! Think you got what it takes to rock a professional stage and battle it out for the best band in the West Valley? You could compete at the West Valley Fair & Music Festival on Saturday, March 4, performing two songs: including one original song with the theme: “Glendale’s Got Game.” Read more.



Archery Range Complex
The City of Glendale officially opened the Archery Range Complex at Glendale Heroes Park in October 2016. Read more for more information about the opening, as well as the project overall.



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!


Avoid Bees, Yellow Jackets and Wasps
When enjoying outdoor spaces, parks and trails:

  • Do not wear perfume or scented lotions.
  • Avoid swarms and nests.
  • Do not make loud noises.

Bees, yellow jackets and wasps will defend their hives and nests if threatened. If attacked, cover your face and get out of the area as quickly as possible. Do not swat at bees. Do not jump into water, as the bees may wait for you to resurface. If you are in distress or see someone who needs assistance, call 911.

Report concerns to the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department at 623-930-2820 or

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)
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Historic Main House Museum Tour at Sahuaro Ranch
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.

glendale adult center Discover the Glendale Adult Center
The Glendale Adult Center offers a variety of programs and activities for adults 18 and over. 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...

Featured classes

NEW! After Hours Drop-in Zumba Fitness Classes at the Glendale Adult Center (18+)
Monday - Thursdays • 5:30 – 6:25 p.m. • $5 drop in fee*

Come join this weekday evening fitness party! Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Class includes interval training sessions using fast and slow rhythms. 
*No membership required for drop-in classes.

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Looking for healthy & safe activities for you and your family?
Want fun or relaxation in your life?
Want to learn something fun?

You've come to the right place!

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.


Have a Class Suggestion?
Tell us about it!
We want to know what classes you are interested in seeing offered and attending.
Click Here!

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Glendale Parks and Recreation is Nationally Accredited
The Glendale Parks and Recreation Department became one of only 139 agencies in the world to have received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). 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.
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