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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
A division of the Community Services Department
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Parks and recreation news and events
Summer 2015 Glendale @ Play Guide
Register for More Than 100 Classes:
The Fall Glendale @ Play Guide is here!
Glendale Parks and Recreation offers more than 100 classes for adults, teens and youth in the areas of arts, cooking, fitness, sports, well-being, music, dance and personal development.  All the class information can be found in the quarterly Glendale @ Play Guide. Pick up a copy at the Glendale libraries, Glendale Adult Center or the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, or download it here!  Download the Glendale @ Play Guide

NEW! Update: Heroes Regional Park Proposed Archery Range
On March 18, 2014 the City Council reviewed and discussed a Council Item of Interest regarding the possible construction of an archery range at the Heroes Regional Park, which is a partially-developed 87-acre park located at 83rd and Bethany Home Road.  Click here for updates concerning this proposed project.

Sahuaro Ranch Park Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4 & Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. Meet at the Main House front porch. Click here for more information about this free tour.
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Before/After School Recreation Programs for the School Year
G.R.A.S.P. (Glendale Recreation After School Program) is a licensed recreation program, which provides a variety of activities for children ages 5 to 13 such as arts and crafts, recreation activities, guest speakers and much more. Click here for details.

G.R.A.S.P Winter Break Program
7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28 through Thursday, Dec. 31, at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary, 10401 N 63rd Avenue - Room 5A.
Click here for details.

Softball and glove Adult Softball League Organizational Meeting
6 p.m. for returning teams and 7 p.m. for new teams, Monday, Dec. 7, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. (Auditorium)
Leagues begin in January. Registration fees are $505 for returning and Glendale resident teams and $595 for new, non-resident teams. Teams must be represented by a manager or team player during the organizational meeting to receive a $50 discount off the registration fee. For more information, call 623-930-2841 or click here.
Santa hat 9th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
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.
Ornament Holiday Luncheon Visit from Santa
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Celebrate the joy of this special season with your friends. Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist, is back to provide fun and entertainment. Sumptuous lunch includes chicken cordon bleu, twice-baked potatoes, French cut green beans, cake and ice cream! Door prizes sponsored by Vivabien. $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance between Nov. 9 - Dec. 12. You may bring a pair of new socks to donate to the AZ Veterans Home. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
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Youth Baseball/Softball Clinics
9 to 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21 or Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex, 9895 N. 63rd Ave.
Register by Friday, December 18

Throwing, catching, hitting and running are the fundamentals of youth baseball and softball. Parents, winter break could be the perfect time for your sons or daughters, ages 7-15, to enhance their baseball/softball skills. Baseball and softball coaches from Valley schools are volunteering their time to assist with all aspects of the clinic. Registration fee is $10 per clinic. For more information, call 623-930-2841. Click here to register.

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Historic Main House Museum Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays, September - December, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.

Enjoy a trip back in time. Learn about the house built between 1891 and 1898, the history and the people who lived there.  Please note that tours are closed in August.  Click here for more information about this free tour.

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.
Trees being planted at Sahuaro Ranch Park New trees for Glendale's Sahuaro Ranch Park from the NFL
The NFL donated almost 50 fruit trees to Glendale’s Sahuaro Ranch Park as part of a Super Bowl 49 environmental program. Watch the video
glendale adult center Discover the Glendale Adult Center
Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday-Friday, 5970 W. Brown St.
The Glendale Adult Center offers a variety of programs and activities for adults. 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...

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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.


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