​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.

 

 


Explore Programs & Activities


Participate in FREE daily activities - including sports, games, and arts and crafts - in select city parks this fall and winter. 

Enroll in the city's FREE Inclusive Recreation Program this fall at Cesar Chavez High School. The program provides recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Registration is open for 2019-20 winter/spring programs, sports leagues, FREE codePHX classes and other activities.   
 

Upcoming Special Events:

A variety of holiday-themed events will be held during the month of December. Check the Parks and Recreation calendar.

The 24th annual National Trail Trek is Jan. 25, 2020.


Become a Program Instructor 

 



"Take a Hike. Do it Right."


Millions of people enjoy Phoenix hiking trails every year. Park Rangers want trail users to know "Take a Hike. Do it Right." safety guidelines.

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

Participate in South Mountain Park/Preserve Silent Sunday

Follow Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Updates

 

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Learn about the Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project

Read the Hance Park Newsletter

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Upcoming Events: 

 

 

43rd Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Markethttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/303343rd Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian MarketPueblo Grande Museum12/14/2019 4:00:00 PM12/15/2019 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 Enjoy a weekend full of American Indian art, music, dance, storytelling, and food at the 43rd Annual Indian Market on December 14 and 15! Gates are open for the Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission for this annual fundraiser event is free and includes Museum admission. Visit pueblogrande.org for further information about artists, entertainment, and m​arket details.
Holiday Extravaganzahttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3215Holiday ExtravaganzaMarc Atkinson Recreation Center, 4535 N. 23rd Ave.12/14/2019 4:00:00 PM12/14/2019 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 ​​This free, family event includes cookies and snacks, the opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus, and holiday games and crafts. Be sure to bring your camera!
Special Olympics Unified Hiking Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3219Special Olympics Unified Hiking EventPapago Park 5K Fitness Trail, 626 N. Galvin Pkwy.12/14/2019 4:00:00 PM12/14/2019 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 ​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) have partnered to present the second annual Unified Hiking Event, part of SOAZ's Unified Hiking Program. Athletes of all abilities are invited to hike Papago Park's 5K Fitness Trail and participate in a fun-filled day of games, prizes, crafts and community interaction. Friends and family are welcome. Learn more and register for this event .
Winter Wonderlandhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3203Winter WonderlandUniversity Park, 1002 W. Van Buren St.12/14/2019 5:30:00 PM12/14/2019 8:00:00 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 ​This free holiday event will include a bounce house, holiday craft station, visit from Santa Claus, lowrider car show, music by DJ Tranzo and free food. It is co-sponsored by the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation, Capital Mall Association and Old School AZ Car Club.
Lunch with Santahttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3214Lunch with SantaDesert West Community Center, 6501 W. Virginia Ave.12/14/2019 6:00:00 PM12/14/2019 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 ​This free, family event includes lunch, holiday entertainment and activities, and the opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus. Be sure to bring your camera!
Holidays at Hance Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3212Holidays at Hance ParkHance Park, 67 W. Culver St.12/15/2019 12:00:00 AM12/15/2019 2:00:00 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 ​Celebrate the second annual Holidays at Hance Park with a free special event featuring carolers, food trucks and other activities. The park will be decorated with holiday light displays from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly from Monday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 5
Holiday Family Jubileehttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3222Holiday Family JubileeDeer Valley Community Center, 2001 W. Wahalla Ln.12/15/2019 1:30:00 AM12/15/2019 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 ​Participate in a family-oriented, holiday-themed event designed for all ages. The night will include a photo-op with Santa Claus, arts and crafts activities, snacks, and classic holiday movies. Admission is $2 per person or one canned food item donation per person. Please register in advance. Watch holiday movies Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, The Little Drummer Boy, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chair, camp chair or blanket to get comfy to watch the movies. Admission includes popcorn and a drink. Additional concessions will be available for purchase, provided by the Deer Valley Community Center PHXteens program .
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3084Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.12/15/2019 12:00:00 PM12/15/2019 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 ​Silent Sunday is held each Sunday. On those days, the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. 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 .

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Department News: 

 

 

APS Electric Light Parade Spreads Holiday Cheer Dec. 7 https://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2461APS Electric Light Parade Spreads Holiday Cheer Dec. 7 12/2/2019 8:45:00 PM
AARP FitLot Opens in Rose Mofford Sports Complexhttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2455AARP FitLot Opens in Rose Mofford Sports Complex11/19/2019 10:00:00 PM
Roesley Park Reopens after Extensive Renovationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2450Roesley Park Reopens after Extensive Renovation11/14/2019 8:30:00 PM
New and Upgraded Amenities Open at Piestewa Peak Trailheadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2423New and Upgraded Amenities Open at Piestewa Peak Trailhead10/4/2019 8:30:00 PM


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Contact the Parks and Recreation Department

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

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