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Glendale, AZ - Foothills Recreation & Aquatic Center
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center
5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85308
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The Foothills Center requires all users, including day pass users, to provide identification and fill out required paperwork. A parent or legal guardian must sign off on paperwork for those ages 17 and younger.



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Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W Union Hills Dr, 623-930-4600

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Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Additional holiday hours as posted.

We are a full-service, recreation center
serving the Glendale community.
We provide educational, recreational,
fitness and social activities through classes, special events and ongoing center activities. Select areas and programs are free to everyone. Recreation Memberships may be purchased for additional opportunities. No joining fees or contracts! Daily, monthly, 15-punch and annual recreation memberships are available; click here for rates.
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Foothills Update
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fall 2015 issue!
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Click here for the video tourMembership Privileges
A Recreation Membership allows the use of the fitness area with fitness/exercise equipment, the indoor jogging/walking track; the open gymnasium hours, basic aerobics, the indoor racquetball courts, rock climbing wall and scheduled lap swimming all for one low price. Monthly, annual and punch memberships with special pricing for seniors, families and students are available. For membership rates and age requirements, click here. Please note that summer public swimming includes an additional fee for all users, including those with a Foothills membership. Anyone from the community is welcome to enjoy public swimming by paying the aquatics admission fee. All users, whether swimming or supervising do need to pay an aquatics admission fee as everyone on deck is included in the capacity counts.

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  • Full-size gymnasium (monthly schedule at Service Desk)
  • 18 weekly fitness classes included in your membership or day pass purchase
  • Certified running coach, personal trainers and a nutritionist on staff
  • Wide variety of community classes for toddlers through adults
  • Open racquetball, racquetball lessons, league and social racquetball
  • Social pickle ball pickup games
  • Room rentals for HOA’s, weddings, baby showers, business meetings, graduation parties
  • Full fitness center with free weights, a strength training circuit, and cardio equipment
  • Activity Room open to the public to shoot pool, play ping pong or just socialize with friends
  • Lap swimming year-round in heated, outdoor pool
  • Public swimming in the summer at mini-water park
  • Silver Sneakers facility
  • Adult private swim lessons, with youth lessons offered every summer
  • Zumba classes
  • Cooking classes every quarter
  • Martial arts classes
  • 3 different types of yoga available
  • Painting classes
  • Year-round Neptune Swim Team
  • Special events such as Halloween and Santa’s Workshop
News and events
Santa hat 9th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
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.
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Swimmer Adult Private Swim 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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Zumba logo Zumba Drop-In Class
10 to 11 a.m., every Saturday & 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., every Monday
Come join the party! Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Ongoing class includes interval training sessions using fast and slow rhythms, with instructor Janelle Haren on Saturday and Cyndi Picker on Monday. Ages 15+. No class Nov. 28 & Dec, 26. Drop-in fee is $5 per class. Call 623-930-4600 for more information.
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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.
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Can You Say "Pickleball?"
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (Half Gym) - Hours subject to change.
What is pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport which combines the elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and uses wood, composite or fiberglass paddles. The game is played on a badminton court with nets lowered to 34" at the center. Easy for beginners to learn, and can develop into a quick, fast-paced game for experienced players. Just show up and enjoy the fun, as all equipment is provided by the center.

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photographer Digital Photography
6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays for 3 weeks beginning Dec. 1
Learn basic and advanced features of a digital camera in an easy, non-technical, hands-on approach with tips and tricks on achieving the best possible photo. $55 (non-resident $66). Click here for details.
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Martial arts Japanese Judo
7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Mondays & Wednesdays for 1 month beginning Dec. 2
Learn basic judo postures and salutations, how to move on the mat, control your opponent and be thrown safely. Ages 14+. $21 (non-resident $25). Click here for details.
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Glass jewelry Glass Jewelry
6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Create a set of jewels as unique as you with the guidance of a glass artist. Ages 12+. $59 (non-resident $69), plus $25 supply fee. Click here for details.
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Baby Child Care & Babysitting Workshop
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Ages 12-18 can learn safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. $65 (non-resident $75). Click here for details.
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Cupcake Holiday Ornament Cupcakes
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Learn to make cupcakes and discover the exciting and unusual ways to decorate cupcakes using fondant. $29 (non-resident $35), plus $15 supply fee. Click here for details.
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CPR CPR and First Aid Training
6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8
Learn basic CPR and first aid to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to administer emergency care in cases of injury or sudden illness. Ages 12+. $37 (non-resident $44), plus $5 for health care provider option. Click here for details.
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Microgreens Microgreens
5:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16
Microgreens are certain vegetables and herbs harvested young that can be grown in containers either indoors or out. It is so convenient and easy to do that anyone can grow an abundant supply of microgreens in small spaces all year round. $35 (non-resident $42), plus $5 supply fee. Click here for details.
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