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.
NEW! 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
Summer Aquatics Schedule Discover all the great aquatics programs, lessons and events we are offering this summer.
Includes schedule for swimming lessons! Download the Splashbook
Summer Recreation Swim May 30 through August 1, 2015
Enjoy fun-filled slides, lap pools, play structures and more! What a fun way to cool off this summer! Click here for details.
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.
Foothills 360 Youth Summer Program Registration begins Wednesday, April 1 Program runs 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 - Friday, July 31*, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Give your kids, ages 5-11, a memorable summer at this popular, supervised program, where staff provides fun, age-appropriate programming in a variety of spaces within the center. Kids will enjoy swimming once a week, the rock wall, gymnasium games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and active games. Choose a 3-day or 5-day a week program. This program fills quickly! You may register for one week or multiple weeks as long as there is space available. Each child will need to bring a daily, non-perishable lunch and snacks, but food can also be purchased at the on-site cafe. For more information, call 623-930-4610.
Registration fees: 3-Day is $74/week (non-resident $91) | 5-Day is $110/week (non-residents $145)
Adaptive Bowling 9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, Aug. 1 – Sept. 26, at Glenfair Lanes Bowling Alley, 6110 N. 59th Ave.
Ages 8 and older can improve their bowling game, enjoy the support of others and make new friends! Parents, guardians and caregivers volunteer and assist those with special needs to make this a rewarding experience. Click here for details.
Golf 101 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Aug. 5, or 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Aug. 8, at the Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course, 5450 W. Northern Ave.
Dates and times apply to both Adult and Kids & Teens classes.
Adults (Ages 18+)
This course is designed to teach everything you need to play in just a few lessons. Click here for details.
Kids & Teens (Ages 9-17)
This class is a fun, interactive approach to growing junior participation in golf, with PGA professionals at the forefront of the experience. Click here for details.
Theatre Kidz 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 27 - Nov. 12, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
This special program is designed for individuals, ages 10-22, with physical, mental, emotional or social disabilities. Participants will learn the joy of singing, acting and dancing, while also improving confidence and making new friends. Click here for details.
Adult Softball Organizational Meeting 6 p.m. for returning teams and 7 p.m. for new teams, Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. (Auditorium)
Leagues begin at the end of September. 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.
2015 Arizona Cardinals/NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition 5 p.m. (registration) and 6 p.m. (competition), Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Foothills Sports Complex, 57th Ave., just north of Union Hills Dr., on fields #1 & #2.
This is a national skills competition in which girls and boys in five separate age divisions compete against each other in punting, passing and placekicking in a fun and engaging forum. Scores are based on distance and accuracy. This program is FREE for boys and girls ages 6-15. For more information, call 623-930-2841. To register online, go to www.nflppk.com.
Touch a Truck - FREE ADMISSION 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., East Parking Lot
This free event is FUN for the entire family and educational too! Come out, look at, sit in and “Touch A Truck” of all sizes and shapes. This unique and exciting event is a wonderful opportunity for families to see, touch, interact with and learn about big trucks and their functions. Industrial, commercial, rental, fire and city vehicles will be on display. Enjoy shopping, dining and more before and after the event at Westgate Entertainment District! For more information, call 623-930-2820.
38th Annual Saguaro Astronomy Club FREE Public Star Party 6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Thunderbird Conservation Park, 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane (3/4 mile north of Deer Valley Road)
Members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club will have telescopes (large and small) set up and available for public viewing (sunset 5:53 p.m.). They will show a variety of astronomical objects including the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies and deep sky wonders. Club volunteers will be glad to answer questions you may have about the heavens and astronomy in general. Weather permitting, please join us for a night under the stars! Sponsored by Glendale Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services and hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club. For more information, visit www.saguaroastro.org.
Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
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), costume parade and arts and crafts. Absolute Rhythm Dance Company will be on site with a “Thriller” dance performance. 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.
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.
Historic Main House Museum Tour At Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays –Saturdays in June/July 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.
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.
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
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.
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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