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.
Glendale Parks, Recreation & Library Services Department
Holiday Closure Information Dec. 23-27
The Glendale City Council has approved closing city administrative offices the week of Christmas, Dec. 23-27, this year. The Parks and Recreation offices will be closed during this time. The Glendale Adult Center will be closed, but the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center will be open with adjusted hours. | Click here for a list of hours and other information.
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!
Adult Private Swim Lessons
All adults, and especially parents, should learn to swim to prevent their own drowning and be ready to offer assistance to others around water. Adults (ages 15 and older) who want to improve their skills and feel safe around water can receive one-on-one instruction from a certified, experienced instructor. 2 lessons for $35 (non-residents $42). Each lesson is 30 minutes. For information, call 623-930-2838.
Youth Winter Break Program 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 30 - January 3
Looking for something fun and supervised for the kids while they are out of school? We have the answer! Two locations: Desert Mirage Elem. School, 8605 W. Maryland Ave., and Sahuaro Ranch Elem. School, 10401 N. 63rd Ave. Register by December 13, Only $95 per week!
Register after December 13: $110 per week. Click here for more information.
Historic Main House Museum Tour 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays–Saturdays,
and 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays,
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.
For more information, click here.
CPR and First Aid Training 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. Learn basic CPR and first aid in this class, which will provided you the knowledge and skills necessary to administer emergency care in cases of injury or sudden illness. Successful completion cards will be distributed. Optional health care provider offered for an additional $5, payable at class. The class is for ages 12 and older. Preregistration required. For details, click here.
It's Coming Up Roses at Annual Rose Pruning Event 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 4 at the
Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave. The Rose Society of Glendale, along with Glendale Parks and Recreation, will offer the free annual rose pruning event. Event attendees will be able to help prune existing rose bushes, help plant, transplant and attend a seminar. For details, click here.
Golf 101 Workshop 12 to 1 p.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Jan. 4 or 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Jan. 8
at the Glen Lakes Golf Course, 5450 W. Northern Ave.
In just a few lessons you’ll learn everything you need to play golf. In Golf 101, PGA professionals will demonstrate the many ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness. For more information, click here.
Adult Co-Ed Racquetball Leagues 6 to 8 p.m., beginner and intermediate players on Mondays for 8 weeks starting Jan. 6 and advanced players on Wednesdays for 8 weeks starting Jan. 8 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. Adult coed, points-based racquetball leagues are available for fun and friendly competition. Beginners/intermediate play on Mondays and advanced players on Wednesdays. For more information, click here.
Deep Water Aerobics Jan. 6 through Feb. 1 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. Those looking for a new workout challenge should try the popular Deep Water Aerobics. The program, for ages 15 and older, provides a cardiovascular, resistance and a serious core workout in the refreshing comfort of the center’s beautiful lap pool. Call 623-930-4600 for information or to register or click here.
Bowling Bonanza 9–11 a.m., Saturdays, Jan. 11 to March 1 at
Glenfair Lanes Bowling Alley, 6110 N. 59th Ave. This is a special bowling program for individuals ages 8 and older with physical, mental, emotional or social disabilities. Improve your bowling game, enjoy the support of others and make new friends. Parents, guardians and care givers volunteer and assist those with special needs to make this a rewarding experience. For more information or to register, call 623-930-4335 or click here.
Belly Dance - Level I Class 7:10 to 8:10 p.m., Tuesdays for 8 weeks beginning Jan. 14 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. This dance style incorporates stretching and muscle movements that promote toning in arms, legs and core and is great for all abilities. Focus is on basic moves and how to flow from one move to the next. Each session highlights a particular sub style of belly dance. Preregistration is required. Click here or call 623-930-2820 to register or for more information.
Super Singers Class 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays for 6 weeks beginning Jan. 15 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. Ages 9-14 will learn voice technique, song preparation and more. Singers will sing in an ensemble and soloist setting. No prior experience required. Notebook and pencil suggested, and an $8 supply fee will be collected at class. The class is $80 (non-resident $96). Preregistration is required. Click here or call 623-930-4613 for more information.
Social Security: What Everyone Needs To Know 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
This one-day class will answer the following questions: When should I take my Social Security benefits? Should I continue to work while collecting Social Security? How is my benefit amount determined? The instructor will discuss strategies to position you for your social Security benefits and maximize Preregistration is required. Click here or call 623-930-4613 to register or for more information.
Rejuvenation Reflexology 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning Jan. 21 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Discover techniques for self-reflexology of the ears, hands and feet, and bring your whole body into a state of balance. Calm the mind with breath techniques and meditation (Yoga Nidra), and move the body into relaxing yoga stretches (restorative/Yin styles). Preregistration is required. Click here or call 623-930-4613 to register or for more information.
Manners & Life Skills Training Workshop Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning Jan. 21.
Ages 4-6 meet from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and ages 7-13 from 5 to 6 p.m.
at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Ages 4-13 will learn age-appropriate table etiquette, proper grammar, kindness toward others (including siblings, moms and dads), interrupting properly, speaking up and meeting and greeting skillls with hands-on activities and role-playing in a fun atmosphere. Preregistration is required. Click here or call 623-930-4613 to register or for more information.
Dog Behavior Training 7 to 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays for 4 weeks beginning Jan. 21 at
Acoma Park, 53rd and Acoma avenues Train your dog using friendly, nonviolent techniques. Sit; stay; come; down; walking on a leash; behavior topics; solving problems such as chewing, barking, biting, jumping and more are covered. Dogs must be at least five months old and have proof of shots. Preregistration is required. Click here or call 623-930-4613 to register or for more information.
Points-Based Poker League 6:30 to 9 p.m., Mondays for 7 weeks beginning Jan. 27 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr. Ages 18 and older can participate in this fun, recreational and educational program. Designed for the avid poker fan or beginner looking for a relaxed environment to learn Texas Hold ’Em. No prize money is involved, and no prior experience needed. Click here or call 623-930-4600 to register or for more information.
Visit Gallery Glendale! 6 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights
Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd.
This gallery features a sampling of Glendale’s art collection, along with art exhibits, events and classes. For details, click here.
View the grand opening video 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...
Check out Parks and Recreation on YouTube!
What is Pickleball? Chris Gallagher, Parks and Recreation Manager, talks about the fun sport sweeping the nation and where you can play in Glendale. Watch the video.
Sights & Sounds of the
2013 Folk & Heritage Festival in Glendale
Though the event may be over, you can still enjoy the sights and sounds of this favorite event full of music, folk entertainment, food and fun. Click here to watch our exclusive video now. Plus: meet the musicians who range from bluegrass, county, cowboy poetry and more - click here for an up-close look.
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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