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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
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NEW! League Sports for Kids & Teens Are Back!

  • Sponsor a Team Today!
    Merchants, companies and organizations – sponsor a team for $150 and receive your business name printed on a banner at the sports complex, recognition throughout the program, your own team shirt and a sponsor’s plaque.
    Sponsor Letter | Sponsor Application

  • Youth Baseball, Softball, & T-Ball
    Sign up from Mar. 14 - Apr. 8
    Late sign up: Apr. 11-15 until 5 p.m. ($10 late fee)

  • Teen Coed Softball
    Sign up from Mar. 14 - May 6
    Late sign up: May 9-13 until 5 p.m. ($10 late fee)

  • Be a Volunteer Coach!
    Qualifications | Application
Summer 2015 Glendale @ Play Guide
Register for More Than 100 Classes:
The Winter 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

Heroes Regional Park Archery Range Targets Summer 2016 Opening!
Glendale’s Heroes Regional Park will soon add a 16-lane practice and competition archery range for both novice and professional archers to its current array of amenities.  Click here for details.

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.

Arrowhead Towne Center

New Arrowhead Community Room Classes
At the Arrowhead Towne Center Community Room, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center
Enjoy some of our most popular classes in a new, freshly-renovated location right at the mall where you love to shop. Click on class titles for more details.

  • Zumba
    6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Feb. 3
    Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. $20.

  • CPR/AED Training
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20
    The CPR/AED Training program is designed to provide the core knowledge and hands-on skills to provide care for the injured until EMS arrives. $37 (non-resident $42).

  • Mystery Shopping
    10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22
    Imagine eating at a restaurant or going to the movies and getting paid to do it. Learn what mystery shopping is, how to get started, how to get assignments and how to evaluate places such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. $35 (non-resident $42).

  • T’ai Chi Essentials
    8 to 9 a.m., Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 23, or 7:10 to 8:10 p.m., Wednesdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 24
    Discover 5 easy-to-learn exercises taken directly from the T’ai Chi form. $41 (non-resident $49).

  • Mini Movers
    10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 23, or Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning Feb. 25
    Children, ages 2-3, can have fun with basic dance steps and songs. $49 (non-resident $59).

Click here for a complete list of classes at Arrowhead Towne Center.

SRPHA Tour Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 5 & Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Sahuaro Ranch 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.
Photographer Digital Photography and Photo Editing
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays for 3 weeks beginning Feb. 10, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Learn the basic and advanced features of a digital camera in an easy, non-technical, hands-on approach with tips and tricks on achieving the best possible photo. $69 (non-resident $83). Click here for details.
Valentine's Day Luncheon Adult Center Valentine's Luncheon
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy a special morning of food, fun and entertainment provided by “Recollections.” Bill Joswick 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 Sandra Gomez. Tickets are $6 members, $8 non-members and must be purchased in advance at the Glendale Adult Center. No refunds. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
Tractor Annual Winter Antique Tractor Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 & Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Enjoy tractor pulls, displays and more! $5; Ages 12 and under free.
Presented by Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association.
This event is operated in conjunction with the Glendale Historical Society, a separate, non-profit organization.
Volunteers 10th Annual Glendale Serve Day
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 (times will vary based on project)
Several hundreds of volunteers from various organizations, schools, and non-profits will again complete several community projects throughout Glendale. Projects include but are not limited to: gleaning fruit, nature trail clean up, refurbishing downtown benches, neighborhood beautification and much more. Participating is an opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need. For the city, Serve Day is an opportunity to address projects that would not be possible without volunteer support. Please consider participating in Glendale’s 10th Serve Day! To register, please contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2663 or
Lifeguard Strong Swimmer? Be a Lifeguard!
Glendale will be conducting interviews to hire summer, certified lifeguards, 15 years or older, at our two aquatics centers. If you need a certification class, we will be offering two Lifeguard Certification classes in March as well as a Water Safety Instructor class in April. Click here for details.
Folk & Heritage Festival 2016 Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20, at the Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave. - FREE
Come out and enjoy over 250 performers featuring everything from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling. This award-winning event includes several performance venues and "jam sessions" locations for musicians. Highlights include historic house tours, demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by accomplished entertainers.
Food Vendor Application Craft and Retail Vendor Application | Non-profit Vendor Application
NEW! Event Schedule:  Saturday | Saturday Workshops | Sunday  | Sunday Workshops | Entire Schedule
Schedule subject to change.

Peacock Strut 2-4 Mile Senior Fun Walk
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 22 at the Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Strut the wonderful surroundings of Sahuaro Ranch Park. You may even see a peacock or two! For seniors 50+.

8:30 a.m. Check-in
9:00 a.m. Fun Walk
10:00 a.m. Refreshments
10:15 a.m. Door Prizes

$6 members, $8 non-members, registration code #472023. Sign up at the Glendale Adult Center front desk or call 623-930-4321.

Party for the Planet Party for the Planet River & Trail Cleanup
7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 23, at New River Trail, 99th Ave. & Northern Ave.
Join us for a volunteer project commemorating Earth Day, hosted by the City of Glendale and the City of Peoria. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to assist with river and trail cleanup. For more information, call Glendale Neighborhood Services at 623-930-2663. Register | Flyer
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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 the Sahuaro Ranch 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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