​Parks and Recreation​





Cholla Trail Renovation Update​

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to provide this update on the current status of the Cholla Trail project. We intend to begin construction this winter on a new trail route for the popular Cholla Trail that services the east side of Camelback Mountain. The new, improved route will provide a much better trail experience for hikers and neighbors. Learn more about the project...



Millions in Grant Funds Available!​
We are looking for non-profits and schools to support...

PAC ARPAAs a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Phoenix is offering substaintial grant opportunities for non-profits and schools that would like to provide provide free and affordable youth sports opportunities and after school programs for Phoenix youth.​

More details can be found at the Phoenix Parks and Recreation's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 website phoenix​​.gov/parks/arpa​

Register for Classes & Sports

Register for classes and programs now! Hundreds of new classes are available. Whether you are interested in shedding those pandemic pounds or just need an affordable way get your kids active, there is a something that is right for you and your family.



"Take a Hike. Do it Right."​​

Millions of people enjoy Phoenix hiking trails every year. Park Rangers educate trail users about important "Take a Hike. Do it Right."​ hiking safety guidelines. 

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Making Phoenix a better place to live, visit and play!

Phoenix provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserve land with more than 200 miles of trails; 185 parks; 32 community and recreation centers; eight golf courses; 29 pools where thousands cool off and learn to swim each summer; and classes, programs and sports leagues where kids and adults learn, stay active and have fun.​



Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project

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Cesar Chavez Community Center

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15th Annual Navajo Rug & American Indian Art Auctionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/418815th Annual Navajo Rug & American Indian Art AuctionPueblo Grande Musuem1/22/2022 5:00:00 PM1/23/2022 12:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​This long awaited event is brought to you by the Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum and Burnham Auctioneers! Previews begin at 10 am, the auction item viewing will be held in the Museum Community Room, mask and social distancing requirements are mandatory and will be monitored. The Live Auction will be held outside on the Community Room Patio from Noon to 500 PM. Due to COVID concerns, no food will be available at the auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum, a non-profit organization that helps support pueblo Grande Museum. Thank you to the Friends of Grande Museum and to Burnham Auctioneers! We cannot wait to see you there! No


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Broken Bats Lead to New Treeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2184Parks and Recreation12/21/2021 6:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2184/Break-a-Back-PHX-Newsroom.jpgBroken Bats Lead to New Trees<div class="ExternalClass4E00218902CC4AB0B985FD210BB6A054"><html>​Phoenix Parks and Recreation Partners with Arizona Diamondbacks to plant Nearly 100 Trees<br><br>Led by the Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 World Series Co-MVP and MLB Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, the Phoenix Parks' Northwest Division planted the trees as part of the Diamondback's “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree" program.  The Arizona Diamondbacks donated money to plant trees in City of Phoenix Parks for every broken bat during the season.  This year, the team broke 235 bats and donated $10,000 and helped plant 95 trees along the walking path at Deem Hills park on Friday, December 17. <br><br>Deem Hills was chosen as a site because it has a tree canopy of 15% and is a great candidate to shade one of our FitPHX walking paths.  The forestry section helped dig the holes and worked with the volunteers on the planting process.  <br><br> The Diamondbacks' “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree" Program, supported by Budweiser, has helped to plant more than 360 trees since 2015. <br><br>Phoenix is committed to creating an urban forest and increasing the number of trees and amount of shade in the city. <br><br>The Tree and Shade Master Plan presents Phoenix's leaders and residents a roadmap to creating a 21st Century desert city. The urban forest is a keystone to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one single solution. By investing in trees and the urban forest, the city can reduce its carbon footprint, decrease energy costs, reduce storm water runoff, increase biodiversity, address the urban heat island effect, clean the air, and increase property values.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
5 Family-Friendly Hikes in Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2177Parks and Recreation12/17/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2177/Piestewa Trail With Trail Rules.jpg5 Family-Friendly Hikes in Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass4A911F6F7F9B4EC9B4E82D8E78580AB7"><html> Looking for a fun outdoor experience with family? Here are 5 fun family-friendly hikes in Phoenix that are safe for any skill level! <br><br> Remember before you take a hike, do it right:<br><br> <ol> <li>Watch the weather</li> <li>Dress appropriately</li> <li>Bring water</li> <li>Team up, carry a mobile phone</li> <li>Don't wander off the trail<br></li> </ol>  <br>Read more about the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation's Take a Hike, Do it Right checklist for a fun and safe hike. <br><br> <a href="/parks/trails/take-a-hike-do-it-right" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/take-a-hike-do-it-right</a> <br><br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Esplanade Trail at the Sonoran Preserv</strong><strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">e</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty</strong>:  Easy<br> <strong>Distance</strong><strong>:</strong>  3.4 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  127 feet<br><br> The first section of the Esplanade is flat and sparse. This trail is a gentle climb hosting some occasional sandy areas and quick turns that keep you alert. After crossing an old jeep trail, you'll begin to parallel the Cave Creek Wash and the hike gets more interesting. On your left is a continuation of the desert you just hiked through, but on your right is a nice tangle of ironwood, Palo Verde, various shrubs and often a nice grove of saguaros along the edge of the wash. The wash is very wide here. Be on lookout during monsoon season as some areas may be impassable.<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> Apache Wash Trailhead, 1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.<br> <strong>Access:</strong> Start at Apache Wash Trailhead. Proceed to Badger Brawl Trail. Turn right onto Apache Wash Loop. Continue north and turn right to proceed onto Esplanade Trail.<br> <strong>Parking & Entrance Hours</strong>: 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Trail Hours</strong>: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.<br><br><br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Palisade Trail at Deem Hills Park</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty: </strong> Moderate<br> <strong>Distance:</strong>  1.5 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  395 feet<br><br> Palisade Trail can be one of the quietest trails at Deem Hills as it takes some work to get to.  But once there, you often have 360 panoramic views of the city and the mountains to the east, north and west. <br><br> Palisade Trail can be accessed from the Water Tank Road to the east and the Circumference Tail in two areas, both north and east. It is a good trail for  running, as you can start out at the Water Tower Trail, connect to Palisade and come back the same way. Often you will forget you are in Phoenix on this trail as it can feel remote.  The Palisade also has two additional connectors to the Circumference Trail on the east side to make additional loops. The Palisade trail also shares .1 mile of the same trail tread as Basalt between the .45 and .55 section which is extremely rocky.<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> 27428 N. 39th Ave.<br> <strong>Access:</strong>  Start from East Trailhead to connect to Deem Hills Circumference Trail going north. Turn left off of Deem Hills Circumference Trail onto Watertower Road. Turn left off of Watertower Road to proceed to Palisade Trail.<br> <strong>Parking & Entrance Hours</strong>: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Trail Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br><br>  <br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Ranger Trail at South Mountain</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty:</strong> Moderate<br> <strong>Distance:</strong> 1.7 mi<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong> 800 ft.<br><br> The Ranger Trail provides a gradual climb through the foothills approaching the park's roadway. This trail also provides alternative routes through connections with the Derby Loop, Bajada Trail, and Las Lomitas​​​​ Loop, while traveling upward to the roadway. To reach the National Trail along the ridgeline, continue across the road and climb the steep switchbacks to reach the saddle in the mountain just east of “Goat Hill."<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> Five Tables Trailhead, 10214 S. Central Ave.<br> <strong>Access:</strong> Start at the Park Main Entrance. Continue on Stephen Mather Dr. through the first four-way intersection. Take your next left and keep right to connect to Five Tables. From Five Tables, proceed to Ranger Trail.<br><div><strong>Entrance hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunset</div><div><strong>Trail Hours</strong>: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br></div><br><br> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail</strong> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty:</strong>  Moderate/Difficult    <br> <strong>Distance:</strong>  2.6 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  150 feet<br><br> Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail is a natural desert material trail. The trail offers excellent views of surrounding mountain, north phoenix and east towards Scottsdale as well as nearby Shadow Mountain, North Mountain, and Shaw Butte.<br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> 15600 N. 16th Street<br> <strong>Access:</strong>  Start from Lookout Mountain Trailhead. Proceed to Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail.<br> <strong>Trailhead Hours:</strong> Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset<br> <strong>Trail Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br><br>  <br> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Shaw Butte Trailhead at North Mountain</strong></span> <br><br> <strong>Difficulty:</strong>  Difficult<br> <strong>Distance:</strong>  4.0 miles<br> <strong>Elevation Change:</strong>  654 feet<br><br> A rocky and dirt loop trail that starts off easy at the trailhead. As you make your way up the Butte, the trail becomes very steep and rocky at some points, as well as asphalt at other points. It is not uncommon to encounter leashed dogs as well as mountain bikers. When reaching the top, you will pass  by the old "Cloud Nine" concrete foundation is all that remains of the early 1960s elite Phoenix area restaurant that burned to the ground and was never rebuilt. At this point, you will be offered beautiful 360 degree views of the valley. You may encounter wildlife and could even see a falcon diving after its prey. Dogs are more than welcome on this trail, as long as they are kept on a leash.  <br><br> <strong>Location:</strong> 12898 N. Central Ave<br> <strong>Access:</strong>  Start from Shaw Butte Trailhead.  Proceed to Shaw Butte Trail.<br> <strong>Trailhead Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br> <strong>Trail Hours:</strong> 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.<br><br><br><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

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