​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; 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!


 

 

Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail Set to Reopen September 30https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2476Parks and Recreation9/12/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2476/Cholla Trail.jpgCamelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail Set to Reopen September 30<div class="ExternalClass893B3F44819744B1A23C8D593B147526"><html> <p></p> <p>Popular Phoenix hiking trail Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain will reopen to the public on Sept<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span> 30, 2022. The trail has been closed due to construction and a trailhead realignment<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">,</span> that moves the trailhead from Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road. The new trailhead will now offer hikers amenities such as a drinking fountain, restrooms and bike racks.  </p> <p>Since the closure of Cholla Trail in 2020, Park Rangers, Park Stewards and a trail contractor have completed hundreds of hours of trail work to improve the upper reaches of the trail. This work included the removal of unstable boulders, significant improvements to the trail tread and the addition of trail posts and wayfinding efforts – important safety improvements for the trail.</p> <p>“Knowing the public interest and popularity, I'm excited for the reopening of Cholla Trail as a safer trail experience for hikers and nearby residents," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “This project is a win-win for residents and hikers alike. Yet, it is important to remember that - even with these wonderful new amenities - it is still very important to hike safely by taking the necessary precautions to avoid heat illness and hiking injuries." </p> <p>“Our Cholla Trail is now ready to open. After an extensive public and development process we are now open as one of the best local trails in Arizona, if not in the United States. I want to personally thank local residents and hikers for their patience in the construction of Cholla Trail," Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “The new trail will reduce foot traffic on Cholla Lane, as well as provide new amenities to hikers with a drinking fountain and bathroom."</p> <p>Completing the Cholla Trail Realignment Project was a joint effort between the Parks and Recreation Department, Street Transportation Department, Phoenix Fire Department and the Town of Paradise Valley. All parties played a crucial role in making this project safe and accessible for first responders, hikers and surrounding residents. </p> <p> <strong>What to Expect </strong> </p> <p>Beginning Sept. 30, the trailhead will open at sunrise and close at sunset. Drinking water will be available but due to nearby residential construction, there will be no chilled water or restroom lights until power can be provided<span style="text-decoration:underline;">,</span> which is expected to occur by late 2022. </p> <p> <strong>Parking</strong> </p> <p>Parking for Cholla Trail will continue to be along Invergordon Road which now includes dedicated spaces for rideshare services to pick-up and drop-off hikers. </p> <p>Additionally, in preparation for the opening of Cholla Trail, the Phoenix Fire Department will be doing some staging as part of training exercises along Invergordon Road in the coming weeks.  </p> <p> <strong>Take a Hike, Do it Right</strong> </p> <p>More than 200 hikers are rescued annually from City of Phoenix desert and mountain parks and preserves. This simple checklist can help keep you from becoming a statistic. Before you hike, follow the Take a Hike, Do it Right guidelines to ensure a safe hike. Learn more at Phoenix.gov/parks/trails/<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix Lifeguards Help Save Man's Life After Car Accidenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2413Parks and Recreation7/12/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2413/Lifeguards-for-Newsroom.jpghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxVSa-JXwvcPhoenix Lifeguards Help Save Man's Life After Car Accident<div class="ExternalClass2B81D68052414B5DA3875396A09D137C"><html> <p><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:14.6667px;">​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">N</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">ine City of Phoenix lifeguards jumped into action after witnessing a single car crash while working at a City pool. On Tuesday morning, the Phoenix Fire Department presented the nine lifeguards who responded with a life-saving award for their efforts.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">On June 27, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. a man experienced a cardiac event while driving and crashed his car into a pole and wall near Deer Valley Pool in north Phoenix. After witnessing and hearing the accident, nine City of Phoenix lifeguards responded to the crash, and performed CPR on the driver before Phoenix Fire personnel arrived and were able to get a pulse on him. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Pool staff initiated their Emergency Action Plan which includes clearing the pool of all swimmers before rushing across the street, many barefoot, and assisting the driver. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“We saw one bystander banging on his window, and that's when we realized he was unconscious," said Phoenix Lifeguard Hailey Jay. “As soon as [two bystanders] got him out of the car we directed them to move him away from the car because we could smell gas.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“They laid him down and we immediately checked pulse and breathing. We found neither."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Those nine Phoenix Lifeguards performed CPR, used an AED to shock the patient, putting pressure on the victim's wounds. Those lifeguards provided the care they were trained to give through the lifeguard certification process.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“We were trained and prepared for this entire situation," said Phoenix Lifeguard Annika Olsen. “We knew start to finish exactly what we were supposed to do. We also knew, in the end, when we were supposed to step away because we were trained in that too."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Two days after the crash, a staff member at the hospital where the victim was taken told pool staff that the victim was alive and breathing on his own. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“I'm so proud of these young adults for sticking to their training and saving this man's life," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Our lifeguards are some of the best in the nation, and their quick thinking and life-saving acts shows how vital lifeguards are as first responders in keeping our residents safe."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“This is just a true testament to their training," said Phoenix Fire Captain Todd Keller. “Early CPR doubles, almost triples, the survival rate of that victim."</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">On Tuesday morning, the Phoenix Fire Department presented the nine lifeguards who responded with a life-saving award. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“They're very competent, well-trained individuals and they intervened," said Phoenix Firefighter, and former lifeguard, Troy Campbell. Campbell was one the firefighters from Station 41 who responded to the crash. Campbell told the young lifeguards, “you guys are my heroes."<br style=""></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksVideo

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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 substantial 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​

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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.

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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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 PROJECT UPDATES:

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.  Visit the Cholla Trail Realignment Project Page for the latest updates!  

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Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project

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Cesar Chavez Community Center

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4th Annual Portal Festhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/43574th Annual Portal FestPueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 8503410/2/2022 9:00:00 PM10/2/2022 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 ​ ​ Join in the fun as Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Coalition present 4th Annual Portal Fest on Sunday, October 2nd from 2 – 4 p.m.! This outdoor family friendly event features children's craft activities, gallery chats, and demonstrations by indigenous artisans. People of all ages can enjoy music and dance cultural performances from Arizona tribal communities or spend an afternoon exploring the history of water in Arizona. No
Paint Phoenix Purple Kick Off Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4390Paint Phoenix Purple Kick Off EventEastlake Park 10/7/2022 5:00:00 PM10/7/2022 6:30:00 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 ​​ No
Trunk or Treathttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4385Trunk or TreatParadise Valley Community Center 10/22/2022 12:30:00 AM10/22/2022 3:30:00 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 Enjoy decorated trunks, candy, games, and more. ​ No
Family Fright Night: Movie in the Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4391Family Fright Night: Movie in the ParkWashington Activity Center 10/22/2022 11:00:00 PM10/23/2022 4:00:00 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-bc01-17d32298aa9bNo
FREE Movie Night in the Park: Cocohttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4395FREE Movie Night in the Park: CocoVerde Park Recreation Center, 916 E. Van Buren Street10/23/2022 1:00:00 AM10/23/2022 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 ​Enjoy a free family event provided in partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Council District 8, Garfield Organization, Trellis and AimRight Ministries. Bring your family, blankets and chairs to sit in the grass! ​ No


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

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