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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.

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Parks and recreation news and events
Summer 2015 Glendale @ Play Guide NEW! Register for More Than 100 Classes:
The Fall 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
City logo Internships Available in the Department of Public Facilities, Recreation & Special Events
Do you enjoy interacting with the public and making a difference in the community? If you are looking for a dynamic internship opportunity, then we have the internship for you. Click here for more information and to apply.

Parks Glendale Seeks Input on Programs, Rental Fees at Library, Parks & Recreation Facilities
The Glendale Community Services Department has retained Norris Design to perform the Glendale Parks, Recreation and Library Fee Review to provide a comparative library, parks and recreation fee analysis. The study will evaluate public fees associated with special activities, sports programs, and class offerings, in addition to park, ramada, and room or facility rentals at city parks, recreation centers and libraries. Your opinion matters! Two public input meetings and an online and in-person questionnaire provide opportunities to learn more and offer feedback. Click here for details.

Avoid Bees, Yellow Jackets and Wasps
When enjoying outdoor spaces, parks and trails:

  • Do not wear perfume or scented lotions.
  • Avoid swarms and nests.
  • Do not make loud noises.

Bees, yellow jackets and wasps will defend their hives and nests if threatened. If attacked, cover your face and get out of the area as quickly as possible. Do not swat at bees. Do not jump into water, as the bees may wait for you to resurface. If you are in distress or see someone who needs assistance, call 911.

Report concerns to the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department at 623-930-2820 or

Dog Waste Glendale Park Rangers Ask Dog Owners to Answer the "Call of Doodie"
Glendale Park Rangers have initiated a “Call of Doodie” pet waste removal campaign to educate residents and visitors to City parks on the importance of pet waste removal. Being responsible pet companions and picking up after your dog helps to prevent health risks and assists in removing harmful nutrients and bacteria from local waterways. Click here for details.

The Murph

It's Happening at The Murph!
Surrounded by unique shops and restaurants, Murphy Park is located in historic downtown Glendale and is the site of many of the city's special events including Glendale Glitters, Summer Band Concerts, Movies by Moonlight and the Chocolate Affaire. This charming neighborhood park features an expansive open-air amphitheatre and over two acres of shade trees, walking paths and grass areas, with the Velma Teague Branch Library nestled in the middle. Full calendar of events at The Murph!

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Glendale After School Recreation Program for the School Year
Begins Thursday, Aug. 4, at Desert Mirage Elementary School, 8605 W. Maryland Ave.
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.

Baseball bat and glove Adult Softball Organizational Meeting
6 p.m. for returning teams and 7 p.m. for new teams, Tuesday, Sept. 6,
at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St. (Auditorium)

Leagues begin at the end of September. Registration fees are $505 for returning and Glendale resident teams 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. For more information, call 623-930-2841 or click here.
Punt Pass Kick 2016 Arizona Cardinals/NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
This is a national skills competition in which girls and boys in four separate age divisions compete against each other in punting, passing and placekicking in a fun and engaging forum. Scores are based on distance and accuracy. This program is FREE for boys and girls ages 6-15. This year the local competition will be held on Tuesday, September 13 at Foothills Sports Complex, 57th Ave., just north of Union Hills Dr., on fields #1 & #2. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m. sharp and the competition begins at 6 p.m. Winners from the local competition will advance on to the sectional competition to be held on Sunday, November 6 at the Glendale Youth Sports complex, 6222 N. 91st Ave. Only the top four 1st place finishers in boys and girls age division in the pool of 5 sectional competitions will advance to the Team Championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium to be held during a regular season home game. For more information, call 623-930-2841.
Sahuaro Ranch Tour Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30 & Saturday, Oct. 1
11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2 & Saturday, Dec. 3
at Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 9802 N. 59th Ave.

Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. Meet at the Main House front porch. Call 623-930-4201 or click here for more information about this free tour.
Movies by Moonlight Movies by Moonlight - Fall Family Movie Series
Fridays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 7 - Free admission

Spend a cool autumn evening under the stars enjoying a family-friendly box office hit. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. Movie titles TBA. For more information, call 623-930-2299.
  • Oct. 7 - Foothills Sports Complex - 57th Ave. & Union Hills Blvd.
  • Oct. 14 - Paseo Sports Complex - 62nd Ave. & Thunderbird Rd.
  • Oct. 21 - Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex - 63rd Ave. & Mountain View Rd.
  • Oct. 28 - Mission Park - 47th Ave. & Sunnyslope Ln.
  • Nov. 4 - O'Neil Park Ballfields - 64th Ave. & Missouri Ave.
  • Nov. 18 - Youth Sports Complex - 91st Ave. & Rovey
Telescope 39th Annual Saguaro Astronomy Club Fall Public Star Party
6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, 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. Sunset is at 6:03 p.m. They will show a variety of astronomical objects including the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies and deep sky wonders. Club volunteers will be glad to answer questions you may have about telescopes, observing the sky, and astronomy in general. Weather permitting, please join us for a night under the stars! Sponsored by Glendale Parks & Recreation and hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club.
Touch a Truck Touch a Truck
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., East Parking Lot
This free event is fun for the entire family and educational, too! Come out, look at, sit in and “Touch a Truck” of all sizes and shapes. This unique and exciting event is a wonderful opportunity for families to see, touch, interact with and learn about big trucks and their functions. Industrial, commercial, rental, fire and city vehicles will be on display. Enjoy shopping, dining and more before and after the event at Westgate Entertainment District! For more information, call 623-930-2299.
Halloween kids Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Children, ages 10 and younger, can load up on candy at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and enjoy an evening of activities, including carnival games, photo opportunities, temporary tattoos, train rides (additional cost, cash only), a costume parade, and arts and crafts. Admission can be purchased the night of the event for $4 ($5 non-residents). Supervision is required; parents are FREE. For more information, call 623-930-4610.
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Glendale Police G.A.I.N. Event
5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Murphy Park, 58th & Glendale Avenues
G.A.I.N. (Get Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) is an annual event designed to heighten crime awareness, generate support and participate in local anti-crime efforts by uniting community members to help create safer neighborhoods. Highlights will include:

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Classic Car Show
  • Bounce House
  • Music
  • Food Trucks
  • Dance and Taekwondo Demonstrations
  • Police and Fire Vehicles
  • Real Country 96.3
  • Police Staff and City Leaders

Click here for more information.

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10th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 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 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.

Archery Range Construction at Heroes Regional Park Now Underway!
The City of Glendale is currently constructing a 16-lane practice and competition archery range for both novice and professional archers at Heroes Regional Park, with a fall targeted opening date. Click here for details.

Material Donations “Piling Up” for Planned Archery Range
Special thanks to Arizona Rock Products Association member Salt River Materials Group for their generous donation of 400 tons of gravel, as well as Heritage Trucking for use of their trucks and drivers for the transport and delivery.

Woman drinking water Glendale Kicks off the “Surviving the Summer” Event
Glendale helped residents enjoy the summer safely with the “Surviving the Summer” event held at Westgate Entertainment District on Friday, June 3, 2016. Watch Video
Owlets Sublet with Amazing View!
A great horned owl family has moved into last year’s hawk nest at Thunderbird Conservation Park. To view photos, click here.
(Photos courtesy of Steve Franklin, Phoenix Firefighter)
Arbor Day proclamation Glendale Officials Join Desert Palms Students for Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony
More than 65 Desert Palms Elementary School third-graders, teachers and parents helped Glendale City Council members and Parks crews plant 12 new trees during a special Arbor Day ceremony held on Tuesday, April 26 at Cholla Park. Following the reading of the official Arbor Day Proclamation by Mayor Jerry Weiers and a “Fun Facts about Trees” presentation by Councilmember Bart Turner (Cholla District), the students read poems and displayed their artwork, especially created to the theme “Plant Trees…Make a Difference!”. As part of the morning’s festivities, the City of Glendale was recognized for 20 years of participation in the national Tree City USA program by Jerry Payne, Arizona State Forestry Division.
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Historic Main House Museum Tour
September - May: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays & 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays
June/July: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays (closed in August)
at Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 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. Call 623-930-4201 or 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 623-930-4608, Parks & Recreation, or 623-930-3509, Transit Management.
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...

Featured classes
Computer Computer Basics
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2 weeks
Adults looking to be more proficient and productive with a computer, look no further. This basic class will utilize an easy-to-understand, non-technical approach to learning the computer, covering everything from how to type to searching the internet.
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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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Glendale Parks and Recreation is Nationally Accredited
On October 13, 2009, the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department became one of only 88 agencies in the world to have received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was announced in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Congress. 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.
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West Valley Recreation Committee
West Valley Recreation Committee
The Glendale Parks & Recreation Department is proud to be a member of the West Valley Recreation committee. For more information, visit
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