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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

Park Repairs Continue
In the aftermath of the epic monsoon storms this past September, the City of Glendale Park and Recreation Division continues their work to repair parks, retentions, sporting facilities and trail systems affected by the record rainfall. Click here for details.

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 classes each month, click here.
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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. 

Click here for more information about the G.R.A.S.P. Winter Break Program from Monday, Dec. 29 through Friday, Jan. 2 (closed Jan. 1 for New Year's Day).


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.

Sahuaro Ranch site tour Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, 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 for more information.
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. For more information about Bonsall Park, 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.

Afternoon Delight logo Afternoon Delight Show
1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy free entertainment plus a surprise dessert! Ages 18+. Shows sponsored by CAREMORE, which offers a pre-show presentation from 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. This month’s performance features The Everyday Players, an acoustic instrumentation of soul, blues, rock, dance, classic, and contemporary excitement. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
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. For more information about Sonorita Park, click here.
Santa with child 8th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kids of all ages are invited to this special event where they can purchase holiday presents (everything is $2) for their friends, family or even their pets. A store will be set up with a variety of items sure to make everyone is happy. Santa’s elves will be on site to wrap their selection in holiday wrapping paper. Please arrive early for best selection of products. For more information, please contact Darren at 623-930-4610.
Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center New Membership Drive
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 – Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center will be holding a New Membership drive from Dec. 15, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015. Buy 2 months and get one free, or purchase an annual membership and receive 14 months for the price of 10 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.
Santa's Workshop Holiday Luncheon Visit from Santa
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Celebrate the joy of this special season with your friends at this year’s GAC Holiday Luncheon. A celebration of fun, food and entertainment by Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist. The YWCA will prepare a lunch which includes: chicken cordon bleu, twice-baked potatoes, French cut green beans, cake & ice cream. Door prizes are sponsored by CAREMORE. $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Dec. 12. Please bring a pair of new socks to be donated to the AZ Veterans Home. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
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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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...

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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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Child doing a handstand Tumbling - Parent & Tot
9:15 to 9:45 a.m., Mondays for 4 weeks beginning Dec. 1,
at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Children ages 2-5 can learn tumbling skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, bridges, back bends, cartwheels, handstands, back walkovers and more. Click here for details.
Tomatoes Organic Container Gardening
6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays for 2 weeks beginning Dec. 2, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
This course will cover the basics of growing organic fruits and vegetables in containers and/or raised beds. Click here for details.
Man with camera taking a photo Digital Photography
6 to 9 p.m., Thursdays for 3 weeks beginning Dec. 4, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Learn 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. Click here for details.
Two women looking in a shop window Mystery Shopping
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Looking for extra income? 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, get assignments and evaluate places such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Click here for details.
CPR dummy CPR and First Aid Training
6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Learn basic CPR and first aid to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to administer emergency care in cases of injury or sudden illness. Click here for details.

Mexican Tamales
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Just in time for the holiday season, learn to make homemade chicken tamales and sweet tamales. Click here for details.

Couple dancing Social Dance
6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Experience ballroom, jazz and more. Highlights include an instructional session and dance performances. Admission is $7 at the door (non-resident $9). For more information, call 623-930-4613.
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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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