​Parks and Recreation​

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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; 186 parks; 33 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!


​Register for Classes & Sports

Register for classes and programs now! Hundreds of new classes are available. T​here 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. 




Need to Know: 36th Annual APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2920Parks and Recreation11/13/2023 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2920/ELP-newsroom.pngNeed to Know: 36th Annual APS Electric Light Parade<div class="ExternalClass9A4595C742BB45A28307BBCBE1CD017F"><html> <p>​The lights and sounds of the annual APS Electric Light Parade are returning this holiday season! Arizona Public Service (APS) and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to join us for a night of community and celebration. Entrants will interpret the theme of “It's Electric!" and are sure to light up the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 2, with their visually stunning displays!<br></p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1i-DBP7605LHx4_Z5j42aO7q38jdTqLUT&ll=33.50742408820838%2c-112.07002815000001&z=14">2.3 mi. parade route </a>starts at Central Ave. and Montebello Ave., travels south to Central Ave. and Camelback Rd., heads east along Camelback Rd. to 7th St., and continues south along 7th St. to its conclusion at Indian School Rd. The first parade entries will begin at 7 p.m. and take approximately 60 minutes to reach the end. It is strongly recommended that attendees arrive several hours in advance of the start of the parade.<br></p><p><strong>Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:</strong></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Consider taking <a target="_blank" href="http://www.valleymetro.org/">Valley Metro Light Rail</a> to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Ave., just south of Camelback Rd.</li><li>The parade is a rain or shine event. Check the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.abc15.com/weather">weather forecast</a> and dress accordingly.</li><li>Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.<br></li><li>The Electric Light Parade is a rain or shine event. <br></li><li>Crowds for this event have grown large in recent years and viewing spots along the parade route are first-come, first-served. Spectators often start arriving hours prior to parade time to reserve a spot.</li><li>Parking is available on City streets around the parade route and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.</li><li>Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.</li><li>Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</li><li>Road closures and restrictions affect all parade areas hours before the event; come early and expect delays.</li><li>Check out the parade route at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix Parks and Recreation - APS Electric Light Parade</a>.</li></ul><p> <strong>Parade Broadcast Schedule:</strong></p><ul dir="" class="" style=""><li>Facebook Live: ABC15 will air the parade on Facebook Live on Dec. 2.<br></li><li>​ABC15 will broadcast the parade </li><ul><li>December 10, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.<br></li><li>December 25, 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.<br></li><li>December 25, on The CW from 12 - 1 p.m.<br></li><li>(All times are subject to change) <br></li></ul><li>PHXTV will air the parade throughout the month of December.</li><li>The parade will be available for view on the <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">APS Electric Light Parade website</a>.<br></li></ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
What’s In Our Name? New Exhibit Opening at S’eḏav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2891Parks and Recreation10/17/2023 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2891/Whats-in-Our-Name-Newsroom.jpgWhat’s In Our Name? New Exhibit Opening at S’eḏav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClass7AFAA7035B004807A467932F81A7A0B7"><html> <p> <em>​What's In Our Name?</em> celebrates the Museum's name change from Pueblo Grande to S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki, a name chosen by our tribal partners, the O'Odham, whose ancestors previously inhabited the site. Names have power, both emotionally and spiritually through oral history. The City of Phoenix is continuing on its journey of healing with this renaming. </p> <p>The exhibit will also explore other ways in which the Museum has grown through an updated mission statement, new interpretation signs, programing, and ultimately, an entirely new interpretation plan.</p> <p> <em>What's In Our Name? </em>will be on display at S'eḏav Va'aki Museum from November 7, 2023 through June 2024.</p> <p>S'eḏav Va'aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande) is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric site. Visitors view a platform mound, ballcourt and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities. The Museum provides preservation, education, and collaborative interpretation of the cultural history of the Phoenix area and is managed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Throughout the year, S'eḏav Va'aki Museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Check out www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information about upcoming programs and events.<span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> <b>S'eḏav Va'aki Museum<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">4619 E. Washington St., </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">AZ</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">85034<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">(602) 495-0901<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.</span> <span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> </p> <p> <strong>Hours:</strong>  Museum Hours:  October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays.  </p> <p> <strong>Admission:</strong>  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews


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Educational Mother-Baby Classes and Babt Shower Program - Class 1https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5124Educational Mother-Baby Classes and Babt Shower Program - Class 1Faye Gray Recreation Center, 5550 S 20th Street12/5/2023 5:00:00 PM1/5/2024 7:00:00 PMGP0|#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 ​Join Phoenix Parks and for a program intended to educate expecting mothers and support a safe and healthy living space for both mother and child. No
Educational Mother-Baby Classes and Babt Shower Program - Class 2https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5125Educational Mother-Baby Classes and Babt Shower Program - Class 2Faye Gray Recreation Center, 5550 S 20th Street12/5/2023 7:00:00 PM12/5/2023 8:30:00 PMGP0|#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 ​​Join Phoenix Parks and for a program intended to educate expecting mothers and support a safe and healthy living space for both mother and child. No
Wind Down Wednesday - Workout Wednesdayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4999Wind Down Wednesday - Workout WednesdayCivic Space Park - 424 N. Central Ave12/6/2023 6:00:00 PM12/6/2023 9:00:00 PMGP0|#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 ​ Join us for a fantastic fusion of daytime entertainment and relaxation tailored for both ASU students and the vibrant downtown community. Experience exhilarating events, featuring engaging fitness related activities, food vendors, local resources and more! ​ No
46th Annual S'edav Va'aki Museum Indian Markethttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/512946th Annual S'edav Va'aki Museum Indian MarketS'edav Va'aki Museum12/9/2023 4:00:00 PM12/10/2023 11:00:00 PMGP0|#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 ​ T h e S’e d av Va’aki Museum Foundation presents the 46th Annual Indian Market at S’e d av Va’aki Museum. The S’edav Va’aki Indian Market will take place on Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 9am – 4pm. Cost $5 (entrance to museum included) and the market is free to Indigenous peoples, military personnel (active and retired), S’e d av Va’aki Museum Foundation members, children twelve and below, and police and fire. We look forward to showcasing some of Arizona’s and the region’s finest Native American artists at this curated event. In addition to over 100 artisan booths the market will feature traditional Native American performances, ancestral demonstrations, and Native foods. The entire museum and park are open to the public during this event with price of admission. The event is family friendly featuring the KiHiim (O’odham word for village) where visitors can engage in many hands-on activities. Some of these activities are especially suited to children of all ages. These include learning how to use an authentic bow and arrow and an atlatl to throw spears, creating a clay pot, making a beaded bracelet, incising a petroglyph, making paper masks, painting miniature gourds, learning how to hoop dance, and so much more. Visitors will also be able to watch piki bread being made and taste it when it’s finished. They will also be able to taste cooked tepary beans and juices made from native fruits. Please Note There is no ATM or check-cashing on site. Dogs (except for service animals) and firearms are not allowed. The S’e d av Va’aki Museum and the Indian Market are wheelchair-accessible. No
FitPHX Outdoor Morning Yogahttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4778FitPHX Outdoor Morning YogaEncanto Park Clubhouse Patio, 2499 N. 15th Ave, Phoenix AZ 12/9/2023 4:00:00 PM12/9/2023 5:00:00 PMGP0|#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 ​ ​ Free, family-friendly yoga for all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Register at phoenix.gov/fitphx. ​​​ No

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Phone: 602-262-6862  /  E-mail: receptionist.pks@phoenix.gov

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