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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 upcoming classes, 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.

Sahuaro Ranch Park Site Tour Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, 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. Call 623-930-4201 or click here for more information.

Winter Rose Pruning
8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden, 7637 N. 55th Ave.
Come join the Commission on Persons with Disabilities through a Partner N Parks project as they tend the garden. Volunteers will prune sixty rose bushes throughout the morning. Experts will be on hand to demonstrate proper pruning technique and to give advice on rose care.  Tools will be available!  Designed to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch through the use of specific plants and trees for texture and scent; water features for sound, touch and sight; and evening lighting for dramatic visuals, the Elsie McCarthy Sensory Garden is one of Glendale's treasures. For more information, please contact Michelle Yates at or call 632-930-2044.

Valentine hearts Valentine's Luncheon
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy a special morning of food, fun and entertainment provided by “Recollections.” Bill and Jon will perform love songs from the 50s and 60s. Savor a slow roasted roast beef lunch with all the trimmings. Come dressed in traditional red or pink. Door prizes generously provided by CAREMORE. Tickets are $6 for members, $8 for non-members, and must be purchased in ADVANCE at the Glendale Adult Center by Wednesday, Feb. 11. No refunds. For more information, call 623-930-4321 or click here.
Antique tractor 25th Annual Winter Antique Tractor Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Enjoy tractor pulls, displays and more! Admission is $5, but ages 12 and under are free. Presented by Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. Call 623-930-4201 or click here for more information.
Volunteers Glendale’s Serve Day
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, throughout Glendale
Neighborhood Services is recruiting volunteers to complete several community service projects in Glendale, including fruit gleaning at Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area, teak bench refurbishing efforts in the downtown area, and trail clean-up in our parks. Individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and non-profits are all welcome! If you or your organization would like to participate in this year’s Serve Day, please contact Michelle Yates at, Lisa Robson at, or call 623-930-4612.
Afternoon Delight logo Afternoon Delight Show
1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy free entertainment plus a dessert! Ages 18+. Shows sponsored by CAREMORE. This month’s performance features Sankofa Island Magic. Caribbean steel drums take you on a “Desert Isle Dream.” Travel to Trinidad and Tobago with a virtual tour of the Caribbean. The Sankofa West African Drum and Dance create an experience of the Motherland. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival performers with guitars and harmonica

Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 21 and Sunday, Mar. 22, at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Enjoy more than 150 performers featuring everything from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling, or participate in a hands-on workshop. Bring your instrument and join in a musical jam with others or just bring the family to enjoy the rich music and entertainment, historic home tours and food vendors. Call 623-930-4200 or click on the links below for more information.
Entertainment and workshop schedules
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If you are interested in being a non-profit or merchant/retail/artisan vendor at this event, please submit an application by Friday, February 27, at 5 p.m.
Non-Profit Vendor Application: Word  PDF
Merchant/Retail/Artisan Vendor Application: Word PDF

before/after school program

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.

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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.
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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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Bowling ball Adaptive Bowling
9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, Jan. 31 – Mar. 8, 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.
Gardening Organic Gardening
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays for 2 weeks beginning Feb. 2, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy delicious, healthy, homegrown fruits and vegetables freshly picked from your garden. Learn to prepare soil, make compost and use organic fertilizers and soil amendments. Click here for details.
Chef's hat Kent Cooks! with You
6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kent McDonald, certified personal chef, is here to help you master a few basic cooking skills, learn a few tricks of the trade and start to enjoy cooking in your own kitchen. Register for one or all of the specialty cooking classes, including How to Cook Fish (Feb. 2), Winter Soups (Feb. 11), OMG Desserts (Feb. 17), and Vegetarian Cooking (Feb. 23). Click on the class title for details.
Zentangle Zentangle
6:30 to 8 p.m., Mondays for 4 weeks beginning Feb. 2, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns proving anything is possible one stroke at a time. Completion increases focus and creativity, reduces stress and increases sense of personal well-being. Click here for details.
Closeup of a woman's smiling mouth Introduction to Voiceovers
6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Are people always telling you that you have a great voice? Do you often find yourself listening to your favorite audiobook, commercial or cartoon character and thinking, “I could do that”? This fun and empowering two-hour workshop covers the different types of voiceovers and what tools are needed to find success. Click here for details.
Social Security card Social Security: What Everyone Needs to Know
6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Maximize your benefit and cash flow through tax planning before and after taking your benefit. Discuss strategies to position yourself for YOUR Social Security benefits. Click here for details.
Cat and dog Pet CPR and First Aid Training
9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Discuss the immediate care and temporary assistance that can be given to an injured or suddenly ill pet until competent veterinary care is available. Properly applied first aid can save your pet’s life, reduce recovery time and be the difference between temporary and lifelong disability. Click here for details.
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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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