​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!



City of Phoenix Makes Major Upgrades to Two Parkshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2574Parks and Recreation11/21/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2574/Kachina Park.jpgCity of Phoenix Makes Major Upgrades to Two Parks<div class="ExternalClass7770EEEAF7D34E7F94BEC0C9A0B2289E"><html> <p>​This past week, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the official completion of major upgrades to two local parks. <br></p> <p>Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at both Kachina (4304 W. Campbell Ave.) and John W. Teets (4380 E. Radmuda Drive) parks to unveil the latest additions and improvements. </p> <p>On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Kachina Park's newest playground structures were celebrated. The playground received two new ADA accessible play structures that include more play features for kids ages three to 12, as well as new swings. </p> <p>And on Saturday, Nov. 19, the ribbon cutting at John W. Teets celebrated many new amenities to the park and playground. New playground structures were installed complete with fun musical attractions for kids of all ages. The park received new ramadas, exercise equipment, lighting, trees and new walking paths perfect for people and families to enjoy! </p> <p>Learn more about the latest parks and recreation news at in the <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom">PHX Newsroom​</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
City of Phoenix Announces Electric Light Parade Grand Marshalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2566Parks and Recreation11/16/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2566/Spike for Newsroom.pngCity of Phoenix Announces Electric Light Parade Grand Marshal<div class="ExternalClass49B4A9505C31425BB526EB35CBAC6B94"><html> <p>​​The lights and sounds of the APS Electric Light Parade are returning this holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 3. The City of Phoenix is excited to announce Super Bowl LVII official mascot Spike as Grand Marshal for the 35th annual parade.<br></p> <p>Arizona Public Service Co. (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. Parade entrants will interpret the theme of “Light Up the Night," and are sure to light up the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 3, with their visually stunning displays! </p> <p>“The Electric Light Parade is a unique Phoenix tradition that brings families and neighbors from all backgrounds together to celebrate the holidays," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>“The parade is the largest annual event hosted by our department and our staff works around the clock to make sure residents have the best experience possible," Director of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Cynthia Aguilar said. “We hope you join us for a community event that is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season."</p> <p>“The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is thrilled to be part of the APS Electric Light Parade, a staple event for the community, where our mascot Spike is the Grand Marshal," said Jay Parry, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “The excitement for the parade is a perfect display of energy Arizonans bring to events and why the Valley is the ideal host for Super Bowl LVII in February."</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 Avenue and Montebello Avenue, travels south to Central Avenue. and Camelback Road, heads east along Camelback Road to 7th Street, and continues south along 7th Street to its conclusion at Indian School Road 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.</p> <p> <strong>Helpful tips for those planning to attend this year's parade:</strong> </p> <p>· 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 Avenue, just south of Camelback Road.</p> <p>· 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.</p> <p>· ​Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating.</p> <p>·  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.</p> <p>·  Public on-street parking is available around the parade route on a first-come, first-served basis. Private lots near the parade area often offer parking for a fee.</p> <p>· Spectators should try to minimize and gather any trash and litter generated during the parade to ease post-event cleanup.</p> <p>· Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.</p> <p>· Road closures and restrictions affect all parade areas hours before the event; come early and expect delays.</p> <p>·Check out the parade route at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix Parks and Recreation - APS Electric Light Parade</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

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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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Preschool Polar Palooza Event and Toy Drive https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4457Preschool Polar Palooza Event and Toy Drive Beuf Community Center, 3435 West Pinnacle Peak Road12/2/2022 4:00:00 PM12/2/2022 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 ​Dec. 2 – 9 a.m. to noon at Beuf Community Center – Preschool Polar Palooza Event and Toy Drive in support of Phoenix Children's Hospital Believe in Miracles Toy Drive – bring a new, unwrapped gift per attendee to enjoy Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Bounce Houses, Games with prizes, Police Bike Rodeo, Face Painting, Public Safety Vehicles on Display, Holiday Crafts courtesy of Phoenix Families First and Photos with Santa. No
Christmas Movie in the Park - Holiday Parkhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4458Christmas Movie in the Park - Holiday ParkHoliday Park, 4530 N. 67th Ave. 12/3/2022 12:00:00 AM12/3/2022 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-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Dec. 2 – 5 to 9 p.m. at Holiday Park – Christmas Movie in the Park featuring Universal Pictures' The Grinch. This free family event will feature themed crafts and activities, food, and community services, information and resources! No
Marc Atkinson Holiday Exravaganzehttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4459Marc Atkinson Holiday ExravaganzeMarc Atkinson Recreation Center, 4535 N. 23rd Ave.12/10/2022 4:30:00 PM12/10/2022 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 ​Dec. 10 – 930 a.m. to noon at Marc Atkinson Recreation Center – Marc Atkinson Holiday Extravaganza – This free, family friendly event will feature photo opportunities with Santa, holiday arts & crafts, cookies & treats, and games and inflatables! No
Holiday Family Jubiliee & Movie Nighthttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4460Holiday Family Jubiliee & Movie NightDeer Valley Park. 19602 N. 19th Ave.12/11/2022 1:00:00 AM12/11/2022 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-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​ Gather your family and join us for an evening of holiday fun! Take a family photo with Santa, munch on popcorn, create your own holiday cookie & enjoy hot cocoa with candy cane treats. Raise your voice during the Frozen sing along while viewing the movie on a giant indoor theatre screen. Bring chairs and blankets so your family may watch, in comfort, on the multipurpose room floor. $20 per family (up to 5 people). No
Holiday Familiy Jubiliee! Movie in the Park at Deer Valley Community Center - Frozenhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4418Holiday Familiy Jubiliee! Movie in the Park at Deer Valley Community Center - Frozen2001 West Wahalla Lane, Phoenix, AZ 8502712/11/2022 1:00:00 AM12/11/2022 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-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​​Bring the family and friends, blanket, lawn chairs. Free Popcorn, themed crafts, lawn games & prizes! Registratoin required Registration required https//www.activekids.com/phoenix-az/classes/holiday-family-jubilee-at-deer-valley-2022​ No

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