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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
Ice skates Free Kids Hockey Event
2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, at Bonsall Park North, 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Rd., Near the Hockey Rink
Children ages 4-14 can attend this free youth engagement outreach program. Enjoy hockey mini-clinics, hockey games and other fun events provided by Desert Hockey Development and the City of Glendale. Attendees can also learn about the upcoming KaBOOM! Power Play playground. For more information, contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2044 or

Archery Project Update Meeting
6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Make sure to attend the Archery Project Update Meeting, open to all archery enthusiasts, to hear the latest news about the Archery Range development at Heroes Regional Park:

Proposed Agenda
Welcome and Introductions - Background of Project - Project Update
Management and Operations Plan - Closing Remarks

Please spread the word! For more information about how you can participate in this exciting community project, please email or call 623-930-4610.

Children looking up KaBOOM! Playground Build
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at Bonsall Park North, 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Rd.
The City of Glendale, the Arizona Coyotes, and KaBOOM! are building a playground, and we need your help! We’re looking for 75 volunteers from the community to help us give hundreds of kids in our community the childhood they deserve by building a new playground in one day! If you are interested in participating, contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2044 or To view the playground design, click here.  To view the recruitment letter, click here.
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Winter Adult Softball Leagues Organizational Meeting
6 p.m. for returning teams and 7 p.m. for new teams, Monday, Dec. 8, at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. (Auditorium)
Glendale will be offering adult winter softball leagues beginning in January. Registration fees are $505 for returning and Glendale resident teams (minimum number of four Glendale residents) and $595 for new, non-resident teams. Teams must be represented by a manager or team player during the organizational meeting to receive a $50 discount off the registration fee. Meeting topics will include league format, rule changes, and sign up instructions. For specific divisions, schedules, deadlines, and locations, call 623-930-2841 or click here.

Girl on a swing Sonorita Park Playground Build
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at Sonorita Park, 58th Drive and Market St.
The Glendale Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Division will be hosting a Community Playground Build. 30 volunteers are needed to help with playground assembly, installation, concrete/footer prep, and surfacing (mulch). Crew Leaders will be onsite to assist teams and provide necessary tools. To register, contact Michelle Yates at or 623-930-2044.
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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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, wellbeing, music, dance and personal development.  All the class information can be found in the quarterly Glendale @ Play Guide 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 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.

Zumba logo Zumba!
Various times, dates, and locations
Enjoy a fun way to get in shape. The Adult Center offers Zumba (Drop-in) and Zumba Gold (Drop-in), while the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center offers Zumba. Click on class titles for details.
Paint palette Yes I Can Paint! – Acrylic Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 4-25, 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.
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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...

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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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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