​Parks and Recreation 

Aquatics ProgramsPhoenix provides residents and visitors more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserve land with 200-plus 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.​

Read the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's 2018 Annual Report

Watch a Video Slideshow of Highlights from 2018



Memorial Day Holiday Notice27Memorial Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClassDF488EFB42D344D1B6B03567D7215CD0"><p>​​City of Phoenix community and recreation centers will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Centers will reopen for normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 28. <span style="color:#e0e0e0;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#Homepage #CommunityCenters  </span></span></p></div>5/20/2019 7:00:00 AM5/27/2019 7:00:00 AM

Explore Programs & Activities

Sign up today for 2019 summer camps, programs and FREE codePHX classes; and swimming lessons and other aquatics activities.

The city of Phoenix's 29 public pools and nine splashpads open Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27).


Cesar Chavez Community Center Development Process

The Parks and Recreation Department invites community members to participate in development of the proposed Cesar Chavez Community Center. Learn more about the process.

"Take a Hike. Do it Right."

Millions of people enjoy Phoenix hiking trails annually.

Park Rangers want trail users to know these safety guidelines.

Learn about Park Ranger-led hiking safety classes and other outdoor nature programs or become a Phoenix Park Steward.

Participate in South Mountain Park/Preserve
Silent Sunday Events

Follow Piestewa Peak Trailhead
Improvement Project Updates


Learn about the Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project


Upcoming Events: 



Blue Star Museum - Active Military Members and Families Get in Free!https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2799Blue Star Museum - Active Military Members and Families Get in Free!Pueblo Grande Museum5/27/2019 4:00:00 PM9/2/2019 11:45:00 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 ​Pueblo Grande Museum is once again participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Details When Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 27 – September 2, 2019) Where Pueblo Grande Museum – 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
World Atlatl Day at Pueblo Grande Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2824World Atlatl Day at Pueblo Grande MuseumPueblo Grande Museum6/1/2019 4:00:00 PM6/1/2019 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-bc01-17d32298aa9bCelebrate World Atlatl Day and test your prehistoric hunting skills at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday, June 1st! The local skills group S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies) will be conducting an atlatl demonstration, distance, and accuracy contest open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon. This event is free and open to the public. PGM is encouraging people of all ages to come out and participate by offering free admission from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the atlatl competition. ​ What is an atlatl? The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. A stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, it increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. Visitors can try throwing darts using the atlatl and even join in the accuracy competition. Each year, the goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this prehistoric technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. For more information on this and other events and programs at Pueblo Grande Museum, visit pueblogrande.com or call (602) 495-0901.
Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling & Craft Saturdayshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2822Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling & Craft SaturdaysPueblo Grande Museum6/1/2019 5:00:00 PM6/29/2019 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 ​Pueblo Grande Museum invites families to come enjoy hands-on children’s storytelling and crafts every Saturday from June 1 to 29, from 10 a.m. to noon! Each book is read by the author followed by story related crafts, and a light snack. Programs are $5 each, perfect for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and includes Museum admission for the participant. All participants must be accompanied by an adult, there is no program fee for adults. Parents can register online or check-in at the front desk each Saturday to participate. Please select the book title to access the regristration page for each event. JUNE 1 – The Read Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail by Rodo Sofranac Rowen, a young, red-headed explorer, and Rojo, a clever, red-tailed hawk meet, bond, and experience a wonderful adventure on the fascinating Arizona National Scenic Trail. JUNE 8 – WHO EATS ORANGE? by Dianne White Who eats orange—a bunny? A chicken? Maybe you? Find out in this unique exploration of the rainbow of colorful foods eaten by animals around the world. JUNE 15 – Fast Freddie, The Legend In A Shell by Michael Hale​ Freddie is a Desert Tortoise who refuses to live a slow and boring life. It is a humorous rhyming tale of a running tortoise who’s life becomes the stuff of legend. JUNE 22 – Babies Nurse - Así se alimentan los bebés by Phoebe Fox Babies―whether pandas, puppies, or people―nurse. This bond is precious; this process, a natural art. Luminous illustrations and lyrical text will inspire conversations about caretaking in the natural world, while the bilingual format makes this charming book accessible to speakers of both Spanish and English. JUNE 29 – My Magic Hat Rules! because My Magic Hat Goes to School! by Debi Novotny My Magic Hat Rules! is a creative, fun way of teaching fundamental phonics all the while using a play on words. Let this magic hat walk you and your kids through a fun story with learning intertwined. Its repetitive structure allows the young reader to gain confidence in fluency and holds your interest with introducing new reading rules as the story progresses. The Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling & Craft Saturdays is also part of the Maricopa County Reads program, where children can get badges and points for participating in different programs around the Valley. Attend a storytelling program at Pueblo Grande to get a secret code and enter them at maricopacountyreads.org to collect badges! This storytelling and crafts program was made possible by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.
Fiesta del Aguahttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2789Fiesta del AguaMaryvale Pool, 4444 N. 51st Ave.6/1/2019 9:00:00 PM6/2/2019 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 ​Families are invited to attend this free Cigna Summer kick-off event. Activities include Phoenix Fire Department’s demonstration of a mock drowning response and CPR instruction; swimming, water safety information and demonstrations; games and prizes. This event is produced in partnership with Cigna.
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2854Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.6/2/2019 12:00:00 PM6/2/2019 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 ​​On Silent Sunday (the fourth Sunday of the month), roadways in South Mountain Park/Preserve are closed to motor vehicle traffic, reserving them for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging and hiking. Through December 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department will operate a pilot program that expands the Silent Sunday event to every Sunday of the month. During the pilot program, the park’s main roadway will be closed at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; while the fourth Sunday will operate as it has in the past, with all roadways closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours). On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails and the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures. Learn more by visiting the South Mountain Park/Preserve webpage.
Sizzling Summerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2845Sizzling SummerGrant Pool, 714 S. 2nd Ave.6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM6/7/2019 3:00:00 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 ​These free events educate the community about how to stay safe during the summer. Learn about water and heat safety, and have some fun, too. This event is produced in partnership with Phoenix Revitalization Corporation.

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Department News: 



Fire Ban for Phoenix Preserve Land Starts on May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2332Fire Ban for Phoenix Preserve Land Starts on May 14/30/2019 5:30:00 PM
Phoenix Partners with Cigna to Offer Free Water Safety Educationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2320Phoenix Partners with Cigna to Offer Free Water Safety Education4/18/2019 8:30:00 PM
New Lawn Game Amenities Unveiled in University Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2311New Lawn Game Amenities Unveiled in University Park4/6/2019 8:00:00 PM

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

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