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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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winter 2016 issue!
Our February, March, and April lap swim schedules are available to download.
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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
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. If you need a certification class, we're offering two Lifeguard Certification classes in March as well as a Water Safety Instructor class in April. Click here for details.
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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 Jan. 18 & Feb. 15. 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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Ballet Ballet/Tap Combo
Great for both boys and girls, this is an introduction to ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement and tumbling. Tap shoes required. $60 (non-resident $70). Click on class titles for details.
  • Class I (Ages 3-5)
    4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 4, or
    1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Saturdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 6

  • Class II (Ages 5-7)
    5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 4, or
    2:30 to 3:15 p.m., Saturdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 6
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Candle Introduction to Managing Stress with Healing Meditations
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning Feb. 4
Healing meditations are tools that can be used at a moment’s notice and can be planned to start or end your day. These tools can help you cope with a very busy mind that won’t slow down or be quiet. $35 (non-resident $42). Click here for details.
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Dogs Pet CPR and First Aid Training
9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Discuss the immediate care and temporary assistance that can be given to an injured or suddenly ill pet until competent veterinary care is available. $42 (non-resident $50). Click here for details.
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Cooking for Kids and Teens
Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Feb. 6
Learn to use ingredients to create yummy dishes from scratch. No class Feb. 13. $59 (non-resident $69), plus $20 supply fee. Click on class titles for details.

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Hiking The Nuts & Bolts of Safe Hiking: Be Prepared
12 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Desert survival skills and tips for safe hiking in this 2-hour class will prepare you to enjoy fun and healthy times while on the trails. A self-evaluation at the end of class will reveal what you’ve learned. We will then leave for an actual short hike, approximately 1 hour, at Thunderbird Conservation Park. $39 (non-resident $44). Click here for details.
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Yoga Hatha Yoga
6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Feb. 10, or 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Feb. 13
Yoga provides an opportunity to gain flexibility and balance in both the body and mind. Focus on poses, breathwork and meditation. $34 (non-resident $41). Click here for details.
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Taxes Income Tax Preparation
6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16
In this class, you will learn the layout of an income tax return and how it is prepared. $20 per person/couple (non-resident $24). Click here for details.
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Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy Adults and Teens
1 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21
Want to learn the guitar but have difficulty finding the time? In just a few hours, you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. $35 (non-resident $42), plus $29 for workbook and practice DVD. Click here for details.

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Tumbling Tumbling
9:30 to 10 a.m. (ages 2-5, Parent & Tot class) or 10 to 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5), Mondays for 5 weeks beginning Feb. 22
Children ages 2-5 can learn tumbling skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, bridges, back bends, cartwheels, handstands, back walkovers and more. No class Mar. 14. $45 (non-resident $54). Click here for details.
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Belly dance Egyptian Belly Dance
9 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 23, or 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 25
Want to learn authentic Egyptian Belly Dance? Beginners as well as advanced belly dancers are invited to learn this eloquent dance the Egyptian way. $45 (non-resident $54). Click here for details.
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Singing for Little Stars/Super Singers
Wednesdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 24
This program is full of fun methods that will allow students to learn proper voice technique, including posture, breath support, pitch accuracy and projection. Focus will be on the art of performance and presentation. $80 (non-resident $90). Click on class titles for details.

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