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Glendale, AZ

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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Looking for fun, healthy, & safe activities for you & the family?
You've come to the right place!

The Glendale Parks and Recreation Division provides 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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NEW! Fall 2018 Magazine Glendale @ Play

Parks and recreation news and events

Glen Lakes Golf Course Now Open!
It's great weather for a golf game! Glen Lakes Golf Course is now open for business. It's a 9-hole executive golf course offering a wide range of golfing activities. Glen Lakes Golf Course is located at 5450 W. Northern Ave. For more information on the course, call 623-930-1113


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team up to clean upMake a Difference! - Take the Pledge Today
Various city departments have partnered to create ‘Team Up to Clean Up,’ an initiative that brings the community together to help keep our city looking clean and green.

It starts with you! We’re calling all businesses, clubs, faith-based organizations, families, schools - everyone can help make a difference. Take the pledge and help spread the message that you take pride in Glendale! Read more, and find out how you can get your free Team Up to Clean Up Toolkit on Oct. 27!

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santa workshop12th Annual Santa’s Workshop December 15
The holidays will be here before we know it! Bring your children to shop for their friends, family members and even pets. All items are only $2. Come early for best selection! Santa Claus will be at the event for pictures and his elves will be on site to wrap purchases. Join us at the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center (5600 W. Union Hills Drive) on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. – Noon. INFO: 623-930-2838. View Flyer
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jingle bells hikeGlendale Jingle Bell Hike to Santa
Dec. 8
On Saturday, Dec. 8, head to Thunderbird Conservation Park for the Jingle Bell Hike to Santa. Between 9 and 11 a.m., children can create a bell craft activity so they can jingle their way up the trail. Parents and kids will make their way along and find Santa Claus at the end of the hike! Water will be provided at the trailhead.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult; participants must sign a waiver prior to the event; parent or guardian must complete waiver for minor children; this is a moderate hike; trail/hiking guidelines are available at

Thunderbird Conservation Park is located north of Beardsley Road, between 67th and 55th avenues. For the hike, park in the lots on 59th (enter to the west) or 67th (enter to the east) avenues.

There is no entry fee and pre-registration is not required. For further information, visit or call 623-930-2820.

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holidayGlendale Adult Center Holiday Luncheon
Wednesday, December 19 
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
$6 members, $8 non-members
Celebrate the joy of this special season with your friends at this year’s GAC Holiday Luncheon. A celebration of fun, food and entertainment by Bobby Freeman, AZ Diamondbacks organist. Tickets required! INFO.

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bike park Assessments Taking Place At Thunderbird Conservation Park Over The Coming Months
Thunderbird Conservation Park (TCP), a popular recreational destination in Glendale, will see some visitors over the next few months that may seem out of the ordinary, and the city of Glendale’s Public Facilities, Recreation and Special Events Department would like to make park users aware of what is happening.
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NEW! Online Registration Discount  - Save 10%
Through Dec. 31, 2018, registration for sports leagues and special interest classes done online will receive a 10% discount. The city is encouraging residents and participants to use the new registration software system, which is quick and convenient, and now also mobile-friendly! You can easily access the registration system from any mobile device. This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered by the city of Glendale Public Facilities, Recreation and Special Events Department; any applicable discount that is greater will supersede the other. Access our class catalog.

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veteranGlendale'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

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Places to go, things to do in with the Park & Recreation
Archery Range Complex

Events Happening at The Murph!The Murph

Historic Main House Tour at Sahuaro RanchHistoric Sahauro Ranch Park

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Glendale Adult Center

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Sports Organizations in Neighborhood Parks

Thunderbird Conservation Park
Thunderbird Conservation Park

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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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