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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

Temporary Trail Closures
For the latest updates on temporary trail closures, please click here.

Glendale @Play Magazine

Registration Begins for More Than 100 Classes
Friday, Aug. 1
Glendale Parks and Recreation offers more than 100 classes  for adults, teens and youth in the areas of arts, cooking, fitness, sports, wellbeing, music, dance and personal development.  Registration begins Aug. 1.  All the class information can be found in the Glendale@Play magazine available by clicking here or the Glendale libraries, Glendale Adult Center and the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center. 

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Before/After School Recreation Programs Start Again 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.

Telescope The 37th Annual SAC Fall Public Star Party
6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Thunderbird Conservation Park,
67th Ave. and Patrick Lane entrance

Members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club will have large and small telescopes set up and available for public viewing at this free event. Click here for details.
Touch a Truck logo Touch a Truck
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., East Parking Lot
This unique and exciting event is a wonderful opportunity for families to see, touch, interact with and learn about big trucks and their functions. Click here for details.
Halloween kids Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Dress up in your spookiest costume and join the ghosts and goblins for a safe and fun Halloween experience. Ages 10 and under. Supervision is required. $4 per child. Click here for details.
Paint Yes I Can Paint! – Acrylic Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 2 - 30, at Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., D-109

Your instructor will guide you step-by-step as you complete a painting in just one fun and exciting class! No experience is required. Click here for details.
Closeup of a woman's smiling mouth Introduction to Voiceovers
6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24,
at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

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.
Marathon runners

Go the Distance! – Half Marathon Training Group
Begins Sept. 28, Sundays at 7 a.m. for 16 weeks,
at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Thinking about running a half marathon? This is a 16-week buildup to the Jan. 18, PF Chang Half Marathon. All running speeds/abilities welcome. Click here for details.

Racquetball Adult Co-Ed Racquetball Leagues
6 to 8 p.m., beginner and intermediate players on Mondays for 8 weeks starting Sept. 29, and advanced players on Wednesdays for 8 weeks starting Oct. 1, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Adult co-ed, points-based racquetball leagues are available for fun and friendly competition. Click here for details.
Playing cards and red poker chips Points-Based Poker League
6:30 to 9 p.m., Mondays for 7 weeks beginning Sept. 29,
at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

This is a fun, recreational, and educational program for avid fans of poker wanting to play or beginners looking for a relaxed environment to learn Texas Hold ’Em. 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,
in September 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!
Gallery Glendale logo 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.
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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...

Glendale, AZ - Parks and Recreation

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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Looking for healthy & safe activities for you and your family?
Want fun or relaxation in your life?
Want to learn something fun?

You've come to the right place!

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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