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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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Quarterly Magazine


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to the quarterly
Glendale @ Play Guide.

*Oops! We made an error on the print version of the magazine; Spring 2017 is printed on the cover, but it should read Winter 2017, which is December, January and February. We apologize for the confusion! Your Spring 2017 Glendale @ Play issue will be published near the end of February.

Parks and recreation news and events
Battle of the Bands

Glendale's Got Game...and Guitars!
Battle of the Bands March 3 at West Valley Fair & Music Festival

Calling all teens! Think you got what it takes to rock a professional stage and battle it out for the best band in the West Valley? You could compete at the West Valley Fair & Music Festival on Saturday, March 3, performing two songs: including one original song with the theme: “Glendale’s Got Game.”

Read more.


tractor show

Antique Tractor & Engine Show Feb. 11 and 12
Historic Sahuaro Ranch, February 11-12, 9am-4pm daily

Presented by the Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area. This event will feature engine displays, children’s activities, hay rides, souvenir store, blacksmith exhibition, tractor pulls, plowing demo, food vendors, free historic home tours. Children under 12 free with paying adult, $5/person for 13 and over. For more info call 623-435-3955 or visit their website:

juried fine arts exhibit

Glendale Arts Council Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit
Jan. 7-8, 11-29, Historic Sahuaro Ranch Fruit Packing Shed
59th Ave. and Mountain View Road

Presented by the Glendale Arts Council, this annual event is held in the Fruit Packing Shed. Preview Party: Fri., Jan. 6, 7 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, which includes music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The public Arts Exhibit will run Jan. 7-8, 11-28, 10 a.m. -  5 p.m. and Jan. 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing, and available for sale.  Info: 623-930-3557.


Archery Range Complex Opened Oct. 15
The City of Glendale officially opened the Archery Range Complex at Glendale Heroes Park on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m.

Click here for more information about the opening, as well as the project overall.



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!


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

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)
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Historic Main House Museum Tour
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.

glendale adult center Discover the Glendale Adult Center
Open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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

Winter Fitness Sampler Week!
Jan. 2-7, 2017, Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center

Sample some of the popular Special Interest Classes and membership aerobics offerings at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center. See the schedule below for eligible classes. Classes are at no cost to you, and are open to everyone 13 years and older. Participants do not need to be members of the Foothills Center. If you have any questions about the Winter Fitness Sampler Week, or any of the Special Interest Classes, please call Lori at 623-930-4613. For more details, click here.

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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.


Have a Class Suggestion?
Tell us about it!
We want to know what classes you are interested in seeing offered and attending.
Click Here!

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Glendale Parks and Recreation is Nationally Accredited
The Glendale Parks and Recreation Department became one of only 139 agencies in the world to have received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). 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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