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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
Glendale Parks, Recreation & Library Services Department
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Take Our Dog Park Survey!
We want to know what you think of our dog parks, what makes a dog park great and more. Information on our dog parks: click here. Survey: click here.

skunk creek clean up

Skunk Creek Clean Up
7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19, meet at the
Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Be a volunteer and help others clean up an area of Skunk Creek between 51st and 57th avenues.  The clean-up will be held in conjunction with Earth Day events taking place around the country/world. Bring a pair of gloves, hat, sunscreen and wear sturdy/durable shoes.  For information, call 623 930-4600.

babysitting workshop

Babysitting Workshop
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.

Ages 12-18 will learn safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. This class covers CPR, first aid, techniques for active children and how to have a successful babysitting adventure. Read more.

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Organic Gardening
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 at the
Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.

Enjoy delicious, healthy, homegrown fruits and vegetables freshly picked from your garden. Learn to prepare soil, make compost and use organic fertilizers and soil amendments. Read more.

afternoon delight show

Afternoon Delight Show
1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 at the
Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.

This free one-hour monthly show is sponsored by CAREMORE and features Charlie Gunther with Memory Lane Music.  Following the entertainment is a complementary snack. For more information, call 623-930-4335.

new river clean up

New River and Trail Clean Up
7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 26
Be one of hundreds of volunteers and Glendale and Peoria Parks and Recreation staff to gather at New River to clean the river corridor from Beardsley to Pinnacle Peak roads. Volunteers will comb nearly 75 acres of river bottom scouring for debris such as tires, paper, plastic bottles, old cans, couches, wire, clothing, cardboard, and many other items. Other city departments to partner include sanitation, police, fire and neighborhood partnerships. For more information, contact Mike Gregory at 623-930-2652 or email him.

instant piano class

Instant Piano For Hopelessly Busy People
1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 27 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, learn enough secrets to give you years of musical enjoyment.  While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords.  Adult will learn all the chords they need to play any song, any style, any key in this one session. Read more.

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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.  For more information, click here.

arbor day video Glendale Celebrates Arbor Day
The City of Glendale held its annual Arbor Day celebration at Desert Mirage School. Students read poems, displayed Arbor Day posters and planted trees at Desert Mirage Park. Watch the video.
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...

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Check out Parks and Recreation on YouTube!
Chris Gallagher, our Recreation Insider, gives us a sneak peek of the upcoming Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival
Watch the video.


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, street right-of-way maintenance, 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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