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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.
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Foothills Update
CLICK HERE for the
fall 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
life preserver Adult Swim Lessons
It’s never too late to learn to swim! For ages 15+.
  • Private Lessons
    Aug. and Sept.

    Adults who want to improve their skills and feel safe around water can receive one-on-one instruction from a certified, experienced lifeguard. Each lesson is 30 minutes. The cost per lesson is $35 (non-resident $42) and preregistration is required. EXTREMELY LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! For more information, call 623-930-2838.

  • Beginner Lessons
    11 to 11:45 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 weeks, beginning Aug. 17 or Sept. 14

    Learn basic strokes and improve your comfort level in the water from an experienced, patient instructor. Register | Download flyer
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Halloween kids Foothills Neighborhood Halloween Event
6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30
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), costume parade and arts and crafts. Absolute Rhythm Dance Company will be on site with a “Thriller” dance performance. 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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Santa hat 9th Annual Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
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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Zumba logo Zumba Drop-In Class
10 to 11 a.m., every Saturday and (beginning in Sept.) 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., every Monday
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?"
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (Half Gym) - Hours subject to change.
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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Child doing a handstand Dance & Tumbling Combo
Thursdays for 5 weeks beginning Sept. 10
Children, ages 3-12, can learn dance and tumbling skills to help build strength, coordination, confidence and have fun while getting a workout. Each session lasts 30 minutes, with ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m., and ages 6-12 at 11 a.m. Click here for details.
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Guitar Learn to Play Guitar
Mondays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 14
Learn the basics of guitar playing, warm-up techniques, finger-strengthening exercises, tuning, proper hand positions, posture, note-reading, finger-picking, simplified chords, and how to play simple songs step by step.
  • Guitar For Little Hands (Ages 4-7)
    6 to 6:45 p.m.
    Click here for details.

  • Beginning Youth Guitar (Ages 8-14)
    6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
    Click here for details.

  • Beginning Guitar (Ages 15+)
    7:30 to 8:15 p.m.
    Click here for details.
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Boots Country Dance – Arizona Two-Step
7:45 to 8:45 p.m., Mondays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 14
Learn the Arizona Two-Step, how to lead and follow, turns and more! Click here for details.
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Ping Pong Ping Pong for Kids & Teens (Ages 9-14) or Adults (Ages 15+)
6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Tuesdays for 4 weeks beginning Sept. 15
Learn to play the lifelong sport of ping pong. Click here for details about the Adult program, and click here for details about the Kids & Teens program..
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Tai Chi T’ai Chi
Thursdays for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 17
  • Essentials
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Better balance, breath and brain power are just a few of the benefits of this simplified form of Tai Chi Chuan. Click here for details.

  • Essentials
    6 to 7 p.m.
    Discover 5 easy to learn exercises taken directly from the Tai Chi form. Click here for details.
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Zumba Zumba Kids
4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 17
This is an ultimate dance fitness party where children, ages 7-11, can play it loud and rock with their friends! Click here for details.
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Couple dancing Ballroom Dance
7:45 to 8:45 p.m., Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 17
Learn a variety of popular ballroom dances for couples, frequently performed at social events and celebration parties. Click here for details.
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Hiking Trails The Nuts & Bolts of Safe Hiking: Be Prepared
8 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19
Desert survival skills and tips for safe hiking in this 2-hour class will prepare you to enjoy fun and healthy times while on the trails. Click here for details.
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Soccer Soccer: Skills Training by B.E.S.T.
Saturdays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 19
Our skill building, weekly soccer program will engage your kids, ages 18 months - 6 years, in the world of soccer. Each session lasts 45 minutes, with ages 3-6 playing at 9:15 a.m. and ages 2 and under playing at 10:15 a.m. Click here for details.
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Cream puffs Cream Puffs
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19
Learn to make cream puffs from scratch. Click here for details.
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Child holding three balls Sports Preview: Multi-Sports by B.E.S.T
Saturdays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 19
Expose your player, ages 2-6, to 3 core sports of soccer, baseball and basketball (in that order). Each session lasts 45 minutes, with ages 2-3 playing at 11:15 a.m., and ages 3-6 at 12:15 p.m. Click here for details.
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Doctor holding apple Food as Medicine: Foods For Life Long Weight Management
1 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19
This class will encompass a lecture on weight management, whether you are trying to gain, maintain or lose weight. Click here for details.
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Yoga Yoga Nidra
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays for 6 weeks beginning Sept. 22
Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation technique that brings one from a state of awake to one of deep relaxation. Click here for details.
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