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Glendale, AZ - Foothills Recreation & Aquatic Center
Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center
5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85308
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The Foothills Center requires all users, including day pass users, to provide identification and fill out required paperwork. A parent or legal guardian must sign off on paperwork for those ages 17 and younger.



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Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W Union Hills Dr, 623-930-4600

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Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Additional holiday hours as posted.

We are a full-service, recreation center
serving the Glendale community.
We provide educational, recreational,
fitness and social activities through classes, special events and ongoing center activities. Select areas and programs are free to everyone. Recreation Memberships may be purchased for additional opportunities. No joining fees or contracts! Daily, monthly, 15-punch and annual recreation memberships are available; click here for rates.
foothills brochure

Foothills Update
CLICK HERE for the
summer 2015 issue!
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Click here for the video tourMembership Privileges
A Recreation Membership allows the use of the fitness area with fitness/exercise equipment, the indoor jogging/walking track; the open gymnasium hours, basic aerobics, the indoor racquetball courts, rock climbing wall and scheduled lap swimming all for one low price. Monthly, annual and punch memberships with special pricing for seniors, families and students are available. For membership rates and age requirements, click here. Please note that summer public swimming includes an additional fee for all users, including those with a Foothills membership. Anyone from the community is welcome to enjoy public swimming by paying the aquatics admission fee. All users, whether swimming or supervising do need to pay an aquatics admission fee as everyone on deck is included in the capacity counts.

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  • Full-size gymnasium (monthly schedule at Service Desk)
  • 18 weekly fitness classes included in your membership or day pass purchase
  • Certified running coach, personal trainers and a nutritionist on staff
  • Wide variety of community classes for toddlers through adults
  • Open racquetball, racquetball lessons, league and social racquetball
  • Social pickle ball pickup games
  • Room rentals for HOA’s, weddings, baby showers, business meetings, graduation parties
  • Full fitness center with free weights, a strength training circuit, and cardio equipment
  • Activity Room open to the public to shoot pool, play ping pong or just socialize with friends
  • Lap swimming year-round in heated, outdoor pool
  • Public swimming in the summer at mini-water park
  • Silver Sneakers facility
  • Adult private swim lessons, with youth lessons offered every summer
  • Zumba classes
  • Cooking classes every quarter
  • Martial arts classes
  • 3 different types of yoga available
  • Painting classes
  • Year-round Neptune Swim Team
  • Special events such as Halloween and Santa’s Workshop
News and events
Splashbook 2015 cover Summer Aquatics Schedule
Discover all the great aquatics programs, lessons and events we are offering this summer. Includes schedule for swimming lessons! Click here to download the Splashbook.
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Swimming Summer Recreation Swim
May 30 through August 1, 2015
Enjoy fun-filled slides, lap pools, play structures and more! What a fun way to cool off this summer! Click here for details.
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image of adult swimmer Summer Swimming Lessons
We offer private and group swimming lessons for all ages! Please see pages 4-8 of the summer Splashbook for details.
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Lifeguard Strong Swimmer? Be a Lifeguard!
Glendale will be conducting interviews to hire summer, certified lifeguards, 15 years or older, at our two aquatics centers.  Click here for details.
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Foothills 360 Youth Summer Program
Registration begins Wednesday, April 1
Program runs 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 - Friday, July 31*
Give your kids, ages 5-11, a memorable summer at this popular, supervised program, where staff provides fun, age-appropriate programming in a variety of spaces within the center. Kids will enjoy swimming once a week, the rock wall, gymnasium games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and active games. Choose a 3-day or 5-day a week program. This program fills quickly! You may register for one week or multiple weeks as long as there is space available. Each child will need to bring a daily, non-perishable lunch and snacks, but food can also be purchased at the on-site cafe. For more information, call 623-930-4610.

Registration fees: 3-Day is $74/week (non-resident $91) | 5-Day is $110/week (non-residents $145)

Flyer | Registration Forms | Register Online: 3-Day | 5-Day
*No program on May 25 or July 3.

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Legos Family Building Block Challenge
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 11
Join us again for our Building Block Challenge, where families will be given a tub of Legos and asked to create an amazing creation that will wow everyone. Families will have 1½ hours to design and build their creation before it is judged by our panel. Who will take home the Foothills Lego Trophy? Popcorn and lemonade will be served. $25/family. To sign up, call 623-930-4600 or click here. For more information, call Darren at 623-930-4610.
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Zumba logo Zumba Drop-In Class
10 to 11 a.m., every Saturday
Come join the party! Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Ongoing class includes interval training sessions using fast and slow rhythms, with instructor Janelle Haren. Ages 15+. No class July 4. Drop-in fee is $5 per class. Call 623-930-4600 for more information.
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Bus Temporary Park N Ride Location at the FRAC
Glendale Parks & Recreation is currently partnering with the city’s Transportation Department to provide a temporary Park N Ride location for Valley Metro bus routes 573 and 575 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center. Approximately 50 spaces toward the far western portion of the parking lot will be used. This location was specifically chosen as recreation staff felt it minimized the impact on the members of the center. The Transportation Department has also dedicated a staff person to monitor the area to ensure the Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center patrons are unaffected by the temporary Park N Ride location. For questions call 623-930-4334, Parks & Recreation, or 623-930-3509, Transit Management.
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Can You Say "Pickleball?"
Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
What is Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport which combines the elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and uses wood, composite or fiberglass paddles. The game is played on a badminton court with nets lowered to 34" at the center. Easy for beginners to learn, and can develop into a quick, fast-paced game for experienced players. Just show up and enjoy the fun, as all equipment is provided by the center.

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Colored pencils Art Camp
3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning July 1; or
1:45 to 3:15 p.m., Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning July 2; or
3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning July 2

Taught by a professional artist, children, ages 8-16, will discover their artistic ability using several art mediums. Click here for details.
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Claymation Claymation Camp
5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 6 weeks beginning July 1
Ages 8-19 can learn to make an original claymation movie using stop animation techniques in this genuine multimedia camp. Click here for details.
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Hand holding house Basic Estate Planning
6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 1
Establish or refine your financial and estate planning goals. Click here for details.
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Movie clapboard Movie Makers
5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning July 2
Students, ages 7-19, will work collaboratively and produce a video from beginning to end. Click here for details.
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Woman holding volleyball Volleyball Skills Clinic
6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Mondays for 4 weeks beginning July 6; or
Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning July 8

Ages 9-14 can experience what volleyball is all about. Click here for details.
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Yoga Yogalates
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning July 7
A system of pilates and yoga that enhances core strength, balance and flexibility through breath and flow. Click here for details.
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Ping Pong Ping Pong
Learn to play the lifelong sport of ping pong.
  • Kids & Teens (Ages 9-14)
    6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Tuesdays for 4 weeks beginning July 7; or
    10 to 10:45 a.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning July 11; or
    1 to 1:45 p.m., Sundays for 4 weeks beginning July 12
    Click here
    for details.

  • Adults (Ages 15+)
    7:15 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays for 4 weeks beginning July 7; or
    10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning July 11; or
    1:45 to 2:30 p.m., Sundays for 4 weeks beginning July 12
    Click here
    for details.
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Woman using a computer Facebook for Business
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays for 2 weeks
  • Course 1: Getting Started
    Beginning July 8

    Learn Facebook’s recommended best practices from a former team member. Course 1 is appropriate for social media beginners and business owners that have not started advertising. Click here for details.

  • Course 2: Advertising
    Beginning July 22

    Learn how you can get customers from Facebook ads! Course 2 will dive directly into advertising. Click here for details.
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Football Football – Indoor Summer Series
1 to 5 p.m., Friday, July 17 or July 24
Ages 7-15 can get ready for the football season with the U.S. Football Academy’s indoor summer series. Click here for details.
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Pottery wheel Pottery Wheel Throwing
Fridays for 3 weeks beginning July 17
  • Youth/Teen (Ages 8-16)
    5 to 6:30 p.m.

    Discover how to throw on a potter’s wheel the way a pro does. Throw a serving bowl and large vase, which will be painted/glazed with food-safe glazes. Click here for details.

  • Adults (Ages 16+)
    6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

    Throw a lidded dish, large serving bowl and large vase in this pottery wheel throwing class. Click here for details.
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Baby Child Care & Babysitting Workshop
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25
Ages 12-18 can learn safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. Click here for details.
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