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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
Children looking up Help Build a Child's Dream Park on KaBOOM! Design Day
4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, October 6, in the basement-level Employee Lounge of Glendale City Hall, 5850 W Glendale Ave.
Do you want Glendale's kids to have an inspired place to play -- in only ONE DAY? Help us plan a brand-new playground for Bonsall Park that will be built on a single day in December! Click here for more information.
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.

Storm Damage Repairs in Parks
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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. 

before/after school program

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.
Children dressed up for Halloween 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.
Red velvet theatre curtain Imagineers
3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Oct. 1,
at the Brelby Theatre Company, 6839 N. 58th Ave.

This intensive course for ages 6-12 explores the basics of performing on stage. Click here for details.
Marathon runners Couch Potato to 5k Beginning Running Program
9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturdays for 11 weeks beginning Oct. 4, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Go from the couch to the 5K finish line with training that gradually increases your endurance and fitness level. Click here for details.
Hands playing a piano Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
You don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you will learn enough secrets to give you years of musical enjoyment. Click here for details.
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Faux Fun!
6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Have you ever wanted special effects on your walls but didn’t want to pay the price? Learn the secrets to stripes, diamond patterns, how to improve a bathroom wall and what to do with your “niche” (indent in wall). Click here for details.

Chef's hat Kent Cooks! with You
6 to 8:30 p.m., various dates, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kent McDonald, certified personal chef, is here to help you master a few basic cooking skills, learn a few tricks of the trade and start to enjoy cooking in your own kitchen. Register for one or all of the specialty cooking classes, including Cooking for Diabetics (Oct. 6); Fall Soups (Oct. 15); Pizza Party (Oct. 20); and Gluten-Free Cooking (Oct, 28). Click on class titles 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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