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.
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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Keep Yourself, Pets Safe When Outdoors in the Heat July and August may be considered the Dog Days of Summer, but in Arizona, dogs and many times people should not be outside in the heat of the day. Glendale officials want to remind residents to stay safe and protect themselves from the potentially deadly heat this summer. The high night temperatures do not allow for the body to cool down and can result in more people being at risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Children, elderly and animals are even more susceptible to heat-related illness.
Important information to keep in mind this time of year to avoid heat- related illness:
Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level.
Limit exercise/outdoor activity 11a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wear a hat, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and sunglasses.
Rest frequently in shaded areas to recover and cool down.
Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Check on elderly neighbors to make sure their air conditioning is working and in use.
Take advantage of free air- conditioned spaces by visiting shopping malls, libraries, or other heat refuge locations.
This is especially important for hiking enthusiasts who may be out at Thunderbird Conservation Park or
other Glendale trails; heat-related tips specific to hiking include:
Drink 1-2 liters of water per hour while hiking (1 L = approx. 34 oz.) The body can lose 2-4 liters of water when active during high temps.
When half of your water is gone, it’s time to turn around and go back.
Avoid bringing your dog on the trails during the summer.
Choose a trail that is within your ability. Check out the trail rating system online: www.glendaleaz. com/parksandrecreation/trails.
Summer Programs Desert Mirage Drop-In Summer Camp
May 29th to July 27th, 2018
Foothills 360 Summer Camp
May 29th - August 3rd, 2018
This exciting drop-in summer camp will provide enriching recreational opportunities while providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all youth to express themselves, meet new friends and be physically active. Program activities include sports, group games, free play, creative art, STEM experiments, game challenges, summer reading adventures, movie time, special events, and lots of fun. Full details can be found here.
Students! Land the Coolest Summer Job & Spend Your Summer at the Pool! Looking for the perfect summer job? Look no further. With the proper training and certification, lifeguarding or teaching swim lessons can be fun and rewarding, and it works especially well for students’ schedules.
Glendale will be hiring many lifeguards and swim instructors to work its two aquatics centers during the summer months. Not only will you spend your summer by the pool, you will learn lifelong skills, make friends and earn some cash! Full details can be found here.
Glendale's Park & Recreation Division Will Offer Discounts to Veterans, Pilot Discounts for Youth Beginning January 1
The city of Glendale will soon offer discounts to certain groups of residents on parks and recreation fees beginning Jan. 1. The City Council recently approved the new discount program, which will be permanent for one, and a pilot program for the second group.
Veterans that are residents of Glendale will be eligible to receive a 25% discount on parks and recreation fees, such as ramada and other facility rentals, memberships and sports and activity registrations; however, it will not be applicable on the costs of any goods or products, such as concessions.
The second discount will be offered by the city on a pilot program. This discount is for low-to-moderate-income youth. For Glendale residents ages 17 and under, this discount will be given to children of those currently receiving government assistance.
For additional details view the press release or visit https://www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/discounts.cfm
Register Kids Early for Summer Ball, Get Free Spring Training Tickets! Play ball! It’s time to register for Glendale’s summer youth t-ball/baseball/slow pitch softball leagues!
Registration is Feb. 26 - April 13. Participants registered by March 9 will receive two free tickets to a spring training game at Camelback Ranch! Games will begin the week of June 4 at Sahuaro Ranch Sports Complex and are played Monday-Thursday evenings. More info
Summer Baseball Closing Ceremonies: Video Glendale Youth Sports League participants celebration a winning season for all, at the closing ceremonies at Camelback Ranch on July 17. Check out the festivities on YouTube.
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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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