​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!


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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.


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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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Phoenix Parks and Recreation Launches Ranger-led Hiking Group ‘Hike Right PHX’https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3017Parks and Recreation2/8/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3017/Phoenix-Group-Hike.pngPhoenix Parks and Recreation Launches Ranger-led Hiking Group ‘Hike Right PHX’<div class="ExternalClass54CBE0A33A2E4FDB8D8F8F332180075A"><html> <p></p><p>The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department is excited to announce the launch of a new monthly hiking group, Hike Right PHX. This group is aimed at promoting safe hiking practices for people of all experience levels and will be led by Phoenix Park Rangers.<br></p><p>Hiking is incredibly popular in Phoenix, with its beautiful desert landscapes and scenic trails. However, with this increase in popularity comes a need for education on how to hike safely and create a community atmosphere for hikers of all abilities. </p><p>"We are thrilled to launch Hike Right PHX as a way to promote safe hiking practices to both new and regular hikers in our community," Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar said. “Our Park Rangers are experts in trail safety and provide a community atmosphere for hikers of all abilities."</p><p>Hike Right PHX will offer monthly hikes on the second Saturday of each month. The first hike will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 8 a.m. at North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85022.</p><p>Registration is recommended for Hike Right PHX and can be completed online through the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation. <a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search/detail/49818?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true">Follow this link to register</a><a target="_blank" href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/activity/search/detail/49818?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true"> for the first hike! ​</a><br></p><p>​Below is the 2024-25 Hike Right PHX Schedule:<br></p><div><ul><li><strong>March 9</strong>, 8 a.m., Trail 44/Tower Rd., North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N 7th St. </li><li><strong>April 13</strong>, 8 a.m., National/ Dirt Road Trail, Pima Canyon Trailhead, 4500 E Pima Canyon Rd. </li><li><strong>May 11</strong>, 8 a.m., LV Yates Trail, 40th Street Trailhead, 1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr. </li><li><strong>June 8</strong>, 7 a.m., Sidewinder - Apache Vista Summit, Apache Wash Trailhead, 1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr.</li><li><strong>July 13,</strong> 6 a.m., Water Tower, Palisades -Circumference Loop, Deem Hills East Trailhead, 27442 N. 39th Ave </li><li><strong>August 10</strong>, 6 a.m., Alta Trail/Bajada Trail, San Juan Bike Hub, 10919 S Central Ave. </li><li><strong>September 14</strong>, 7 a.m., Piestewa Peak Quartz Ridge Trail, 32nd Street Trailhead, 6511 E Sierra Vista Dr.  </li><li><strong>October 12</strong>, 8 a.m., Hawk’s Nest, Valle Vista - Desert Tortoise Loop, Desert Vista Trailhead, 1900 W Desert Vista Tr. </li><li><strong>November 9</strong>, 9 a.m., Beverly Canyon Trail, Beverly Canyon Trailhead, 8800 S. 46th St. </li><li><strong>December 14</strong>, 9 a.m., Papago 5k Fitness Trail, Papago Park, 626 N Galvin Pkwy.</li><li><strong>January 11</strong>, 9 a.m., Dreamy Draw Nature Trail, Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, 2421 E Northern Ave.<br></li></ul></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
City of Phoenix Offers Up to $3,000 in Incentive Pay to Certified Aquatics Staffhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2955Parks and Recreation12/22/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2955/Lifeguard-at-Roosevelt-Pool.pngCity of Phoenix Offers Up to $3,000 in Incentive Pay to Certified Aquatics Staff<div class="ExternalClass3F7E1CB1B54B4BFE99FBF09BA4404344"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering up to <strong>$3,000</strong> in incentive pay for certified aquatics staff. The department needs to hire <strong>pool managers, assistant managers and hundreds of lifeguards</strong> ahead of the 2024 pool season to safely open as many of the City's 29 public pools as possible.<br>Eligible certified managers will receive a total $3,000 in incentive pay, while eligible certified assistant managers and lifeguards will receive a total of $2,000. Those staff will receive $500 on the first paycheck, and the remaining incentive as a one-time payment at the end of the 2024 pool season. </p> <p>To receive the pay, a person must become certified as a lifeguard, work the entire summer, work a minimum of three days in August and finish in good standing. The department is also offering a $250 employee referral payment.</p> <p>Lifeguard interviews will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024. </p> <p>Returning for the second year, the department is offering a new 'Shallow Water Lifeguard' position. Shallow-water lifeguards will guard four feet of water and under. </p> <p>“Though it's colder now, we're already gearing up for the opening of the City's pools next summer – and that means getting a head start on hiring lifeguards," said Mayor Gallego. “Having qualified and enthusiastic lifeguards on duty at our pools is critical to a successful and safe summer season for our residents. Please consider joining Team Phoenix!" </p> <p>“Providing a safe, accessible and affordable community pool to our residents during the summer is a top priority," said Councilwoman Betty Guardado. “This increase in pay is an investment in the future of Phoenix and its citizens." </p> <p>The incentive pay reimburses individuals for the cost and time spent obtaining the lifeguard certification and compensates them for the skill sets needed to keep our community safe.<strong>  </strong><strong>The increased hourly rates per position, are listed below:</strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc;"> <li>Pool Managers: $23.74/hour or $26.18/hour </li> <li>Assistant Pool Managers: $21.54/hour</li> <li>Swim Lesson Instructor: $19.54/hour</li> <li>Lifeguards: $17.72/hour</li> <li>Shallow Water Lifeguard: $16.88/hour</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/lifeguard" target="_blank">Get certified now​</a> so you are ready to interview <strong>March 16, 2024</strong>! Certification classes have already begun and are available for registration at multiple locations through March. Lifeguards must complete the necessary training during the scheduled class times.</p> <p>Benefits of being a certified lifeguard:</p> <ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"> <li>$2,000 incentive pay</li> <li>$17.72 an hour base pay</li> <li>Learn lifesaving skills</li> <li>Work in your neighborhood</li> <li>Keep your community safe and be a role model for kids</li> <li>Looks great on a college application or resume, demonstrates teamwork, responsibility, and leadership skills</li> <li>Meet other dedicated people</li> <li>Flexible summer shifts, ideal for students</li> <li>Have fun!</li> </ol> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/parks/pools"> <strong>StarGuard Training </strong> </a> for lifeguard certification is required to become a lifeguard with the City of Phoenix. Those interested in becoming a lifeguard should register for a certification class right away. Applicants must be at least 15-years-old.  <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews


 



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1st Community Swap and Shop at the Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/52431st Community Swap and Shop at the ParkWashington Activity Center2/24/2024 3:00:00 PM2/24/2024 6:00:00 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 Are you lookinf to declutter your space and make some extra cash? Come and be a part of our exciting Swap and Shop event! ​ No
Arizona Matsurai - A Festival of Japan 40th Anniversaryhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5268Arizona Matsurai - A Festival of Japan 40th AnniversarySteele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Road2/24/2024 5:00:00 PM2/26/2024 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 The Arizona Matsuri (Matsuri, meaning is “Festival” in Japanese)/(AZM) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024. The theme is “Sakura,” which represents “a time of renewal and optimism.” This two-day annual cultural Festival has been in the City of Phoenix and City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation/(COP) for 38 (2 years were Virtual festivals due to the pandemic) 35 years at Heritage Square until we outgrew that area in 2019. 1995 the Festival was held at Patriot’s Square Park, due to maintenance at the Lath House. And now at the Steele Indian School Park for two (2) years, starting in 2020. 2023 - was record-breaking for the number of attendees (est. 100,000-110,000) and merchant vendors (47).​ No
FitPHX: FitLot Outdoor Fitness Classhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5203FitPHX: FitLot Outdoor Fitness ClassRose Mofford Sports Complex | 9833 N 25th Ave2/26/2024 7:00:00 AM2/26/2024 7:00:00 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 ​Cost FREE For more info & to register, visit www.phoenix.gov/fitphx This outdoor fitness class utilizes the FitLot Outdoor Fitness Park; and provides a full-body and fun workout for all ages, levels and abilities ! No
FitPHX: FitLot Outdoor Fitness Classhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5204FitPHX: FitLot Outdoor Fitness ClassRose Mofford Sports Complex | 9833 N 25th Ave3/1/2024 1:00:00 AM3/1/2024 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 ​Cost FREE For more info & to register, visit www.phoenix.gov/fitphx This outdoor fitness class utilizes the FitLot Outdoor Fitness Park; and provides a full-body and fun workout for all ages, levels and abilities ! No
FitPHX Outdoor Morning Yogahttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5169FitPHX Outdoor Morning YogaEncanto Park Clubhouse, 2499 N 15th Ave3/9/2024 4:00:00 PM3/9/2024 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 ​Join us for FREE Outdoor Morning Yoga! Preregistration required. For more info and to register, visit phoenix.gov/fitphx No


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