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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.
foothills brochure

Foothills Update
CLICK HERE for the
Summer 2016 issue!
Our July/August 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

Summer Recreation Swim & Aquatics Program
June 4 - August 6
Enjoy fun-filled slides, lap pools, play structures, the Splash Pad at Heroes Regional Park and more! What a fun way to cool off this summer! Check out our complete listing of swim lessons, programs and events offered at Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and Rose Lane Aquatics Center in our Splashbook.
Aquatics Information | Download the Splashbook

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Foothills 360 kids

Foothills 360 Youth Summer Program
Registration is now open!
Program runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 - Friday August 5*
Give your kids, ages 6-11, a memorable summer at this popular, supervised summer program where staff provide fun, age-appropriate programming in a variety of spaces within the facility. Parents, please be advised that all Foothills 360 sessions are drop-in programs and participants are able to come and go at their own will. Kids will enjoy swimming, rock wall climbing, gymnasium games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and active games. This Monday through Friday program fills quickly. Space is limited and available on a first-registered, first-served basis. You may register for one week or multiple weeks as long as space is available. Each child will need to bring a daily non-perishable lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks can also be purchased at the on-site café.

All refund or cancellation requests must be made by Wednesday of the week prior to your scheduled attendance to allow for individuals on the wait list to be contacted. All cancellation/refund requests will include a $25 processing fee per week, per child. For more information, call 623-930-4610.

Weekly enrollment fees: $110/week (non-resident $145/week). No preregistration fees.

*No program on May 30 or July 4. These weeks are prorated.

Register | Download Flyer

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Pool Friday Night Family Fun with DJ Dangerous
3 to 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at the Rose Lane Aquatics Center, 5003 W. Marlette Ave.

Enjoy fun activities at the pool while DJ Dangerous plays tunes for all ages. Regular entrance fees apply. Click here for more information about our Summer Recreational Swimming.
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Halloween kids Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28
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, photo opportunities, temporary tattoos, 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.
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Santa hat
10th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
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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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. Click here for details.
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Adult Swim Lessons
It’s never too late to learn to swim! For ages 15+.

  • Private Lessons
    Aug. & Sept.
    Adults 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.

  • Beginner Lessons
    11 to 11:45 a.m., Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays for 3 weeks, beginning Aug. 15 or Sept. 12
    Learn basic strokes and improve your comfort level in the water from an experienced, patient instructor. Comfortable, small group with a maximum of 6 participants. The class is $60 (non-resident $72) and preregistration is required. Click here to register. - coming soon
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Zumba logo Zumba Drop-In Class
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Wednesdays, & 10 to 11 a.m., Saturdays
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 Wednesdays and Saturdays and Cyndi Picker on Mondays. Ages 15+. No class Sept. 5, Oct. 10, Nov. 26 and 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 623-930-4608, Parks & Recreation, or 623-930-3509, Transit Management.
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Can You Say "Pickleball?"
Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (4 courts); Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (2 courts) - 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, it 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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Sportball Sportball – Multi-Sport (Indoors)
10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Fridays for 6 weeks beginning July 22
$79 (non-resident $89)

Using Sportball’s cutting-edge methodology, highly-trained instructors introduce children, ages 3-6, to a new sport each week, including soccer, t-ball, football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, tennis and golf. Click here for details.
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Soccer Sportball – Soccer
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 3-6) or 12:15 to 1 p.m. (Parent & Child, Ages 2-4), Fridays for 6 weeks beginning July 22
$79 (non-resident $89)
Using Sportball’s cutting-edge methodology, highly-trained instructors introduce children, ages 2-6, to the popular sport of soccer. Click here for details.
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House being held Plan for the Future – How an Estate Plan Puts You in Control
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 27
$20 per person/couple (non-resident $24)

Stephen Harnden, Private Wealth Advisor, will present on caring for the people you love, even after you’re gone, leaving behind a lasting, meaningful legacy, and managing estate tax burden, for you and your heirs. Ages 18+. Click here for details.
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Martial Arts

Japanese Judo
Mondays and Wednesdays for 1 month beginning Aug. 1
$21 (non-resident $25)
Click on class titles for details.

  • Beginners (Ages 6-13)
    5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
    Learn basic judo postures and salutations, how to move on the mat, control your opponent and be thrown safely.

  • Intermediate (Ages 8+)
    6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
    Must have taken prior judo classes and have instructor approval. Techniques of grappling, locking, choking, escaping and sequence combinations will be taught.
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CPR/AED Training
6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug 4
$37 (non-resident $42)

The CPR/AED Training program is designed to provide those with an occupational requirement or personal enrichment interest with the core knowledge and hands-on skills to provide care for the injured until EMS arrives. Click here for details.

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Cake Cake Decorating Basics - Course 1
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Aug. 6
$59 (non-resident $69)
Build decorating skills you can use for all projects, from holiday cupcakes to cakes for any occasion. “New Course 1, Building Buttercream Skills” Wilton kit (approx. $34) and the book, The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating Course 1, Building Buttercream Skills (available at craft stores or on the web, coupons available) are required. Click here for details.
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Tai Chi Easy Qigong and T’ai Chi Movement Healing Meditation
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays for 4 weeks beginning Aug. 9
$35 (non-resident $42)
Qigong (cheegung) is a 5,000 year old mind-body practice, cultivating vital energy by integrating movement, breathing techniques and mental focus. T’ai Chi is a series of Qigong movements that are gentle, flowing, meditative and self-healing. Click here for details.
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Female sign and dollar sign Financial Fitness for Women
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, August 11
$20 per person/couple (non-resident $24)
Nearly all women will be responsible for planning major life events alone at some point in their lives. You and a guest are invited to attend an educational seminar to review the financial needs of women in retirement. Click here for details.
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