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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
Glendale @Play Magazine Register for More Than 100 Classes
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. Click here to download the guide, or pick up a copy at the Glendale libraries, Glendale Adult Center or the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center.  To view a short list of highlighted classes each month, click here.

Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center

Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center New Membership Drive
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 – Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center will be holding a New Membership Drive from Dec. 15, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015. Receive 3 months for the price of 2, or buy an annual membership and receive an additional 2 months. Membership includes fitness and exercise equipment, indoor track, aerobics classes, open gym with basketball and pickleball, racquetball courts, lap swimming, water aerobics and child care. For more details, call 623-930-4600.

KaBOOM! playground KaBOOM! Playground Grand Opening
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at Bonsall Park, 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road
If you build it, they will come! The City of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation proudly host the community unveiling of the new KaBOOM! playground at Bonsall Park North to the public. For details, click here.
Rose garden Annual Rose Pruning Event
8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Experts from the Rose Society of Glendale will provide rose pruning demonstrations as well as seminars on planting, fertilizing and general rose care in the historic rose garden. Deadheader rose garden volunteers will prune more than 300 bushes throughout the day. Call 623-930-4201 for more information.
Winter Class Sampler in white text on blue background with snowflakes Winter Class Sampler
Monday, Jan. 5 - Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Experience a week of sample activities at no cost to you! Featured classes include Zumba, yoga, belly dancing and much more. For specific details and class times, call 623-930-4613 or click here.
Palette Glendale Arts Council Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10 - Sunday, Jan. 11, and Wednesday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave. – Fruit Packing Shed.
Enjoy a unique exhibit featuring Arizona artists. All submitted works will be on display from Jan. 10-11, and all juried works will be on display from Jan. 14-25. Call 623-930-4201 for more information.
Tree Super Bowl XLIX Tree Planting Event & Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Day of Service
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Volunteers will be onsite to assist with planting new trees and gleaning citrus fruit to be donated to a local food bank. To kick off this exciting project, we will begin with an Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m., featuring city officials and speakers from Verizon, the National Football League and the Arizona Super Bowl Committee. Please consider joining us for the Opening Ceremony and to volunteer! To register, please contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2044 or
Afternoon Delight logo Afternoon Delight Show
1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy free entertainment plus a surprise dessert! Ages 18+. Shows sponsored by CAREMORE, which offers a pre-show presentation from 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. This month’s performance features The Village Blasting Club, a Serbian funk powerhouse brass band entertaining the audience with an over-the-top explosion of performance and charisma. For more information, call 623-930-4321.

Park Repairs Continue
In the aftermath of the epic monsoon storms this past September, the City of Glendale Park and Recreation Division continues their work to repair parks, retentions, sporting facilities and trail systems affected by the record rainfall. Click here for details.

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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. 

Click here for more information about the G.R.A.S.P. Winter Break Program from Monday, Dec. 29 through Friday, Jan. 2 (closed Jan. 1 for New Year's Day).

Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival performers with guitars and harmonica

Entertainment and Vendors Needed for Folk & Heritage Festival!
The Folk & Heritage festival is an annual event celebrating folk music, its history and culture. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22 in 2015. If you have a musical group, perform storytelling, poetry or a cultural program that would be a great fit for this event, or if you would like to be a vendor, click here to download an application.

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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, at 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. For more information about these free tours, click here.

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.
image of a present Looking for Great Gift Ideas?
Don’t give an impersonal gift card!
Have a niece that loves “Dancing with the Stars?” A dance class is perfect. Have a friend going to France? A French language class will be appreciated. Give your friends and family something they can learn and enjoy for years to come. Classes make great gifts that are and thoughtful and fun. Think of the people in your life and match them with the right class 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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Experience Nature at Thunderbird Conservation Park
Come discover the peace, serenity and beauty at the Thunderbird Conservation Park wildlife viewing blinds located at 59th Avenue and Melinda Lane in Glendale. Check out the video now.

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Couple dancing Social Dance
6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Experience ballroom, jazz and more. Highlights include an instructional session and dance performances. Admission is $7 at the door (non-resident $9). For more information, call 623-930-4613.
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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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