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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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Residents: You're Invited to Provide Input on O'Neil Park

We would like your input on options for the old pool at O’Neil Park. Please join us at any of several activities that are designed to collect ideas from residents in your neighborhood. Read more.

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Movies by Moonlight Fall Family Film Series
Friday evenings, Oct. 7 - Nov. 18, 6 p.m., various park locations

Watching a film under the stars is a longtime American tradition, whether you remember watching old family movies in your backyard, or going to the drive-in theater to catch the latest blockbuster. Glendale will keep that tradition alive this fall, with its Movies by Moonlight series at parks throughout the city Friday evenings, Oct. 7 through Nov. 18. (No movie on Veterans Day, Nov. 11) Download the flyer.


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!

Halloween kids Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Children, ages 10 and younger, can load up on candy at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and enjoy an evening of activities, including carnival games, photo opportunities, temporary tattoos, train rides (additional cost, cash only), a costume parade, and arts and crafts. Admission can be purchased the night of the event for $4 ($5 non-residents). Supervision is required; parents are FREE. For more information, call 623-930-4610.
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Glendale Police G.A.I.N. Event
5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Murphy Park, 58th & Glendale Avenues
G.A.I.N. (Get Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) is an annual event designed to heighten crime awareness, generate support and participate in local anti-crime efforts by uniting community members to help create safer neighborhoods. Highlights will include:

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Classic Car Show
  • Bounce House
  • Music
  • Food Trucks
  • Dance and Taekwondo Demonstrations
  • Police and Fire Vehicles
  • Real Country 96.3
  • Police Staff and City Leaders

Click here for more information.

Punt Pass Kick 2016 Arizona Cardinals/NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
For results from the Sept. 13 competition, click here.
Sahuaro Ranch Tour Sahuaro Ranch Site Tour
11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2 & Saturday, Dec. 3
at Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 9802 N. 59th Ave.

Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves. Meet at the Main House front porch. Call 623-930-4201 or click here for more information about this free tour.

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

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10th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kids of all ages are invited to this special event where they can purchase holiday presents (everything is $2) for their friends, family or even their pets. A store will be set up with a variety of items sure to make everyone happy. Santa’s elves will be on site to wrap their selection in holiday wrapping paper. Please arrive early for best selection of products. For more information, please contact Darren at 623-930-4610.
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Glendale After School Recreation Program for the School Year
Begins Thursday, Aug. 4, at Desert Mirage Elementary School, 8605 W. Maryland Ave.
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.


Woman drinking water Glendale Kicks off the “Surviving the Summer” Event
Glendale helped residents enjoy the summer safely with the “Surviving the Summer” event held at Westgate Entertainment District on Friday, June 3, 2016. Watch Video
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)
Arbor Day proclamation Glendale Officials Join Desert Palms Students for Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony
More than 65 Desert Palms Elementary School third-graders, teachers and parents helped Glendale City Council members and Parks crews plant 12 new trees during a special Arbor Day ceremony held on Tuesday, April 26 at Cholla Park. Following the reading of the official Arbor Day Proclamation by Mayor Jerry Weiers and a “Fun Facts about Trees” presentation by Councilmember Bart Turner (Cholla District), the students read poems and displayed their artwork, especially created to the theme “Plant Trees…Make a Difference!”. As part of the morning’s festivities, the City of Glendale was recognized for 20 years of participation in the national Tree City USA program by Jerry Payne, Arizona State Forestry Division.
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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...

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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.
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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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