​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.



MLK Day Holiday Closure Notice19MLK Day Holiday Closure Notice<div class="ExternalClass930480229A674FAB84D0770396F56BA9"><p>​City of Phoenix community and recreation centers will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  <span style="color:#e0e0e0;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#Homepage #CommunityCenters</span></span></p></div>1/15/2020 7:00:00 AM1/20/2020 7:00:00 AM

Explore Programs & Activities

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

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

Upcoming Special Events and Programs:

FitPHX Fall Into Fitness returns to Hance Park Jan. 14.

The MLK Festival will be held in Hance Park Jan. 20.

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

Find more on the Parks and Recreation calendar.

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



Learn about the Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project

Read the Hance Park Newsletter


Upcoming Events: 



Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3293Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 1/17/2020 6:00:00 PM1/17/2020 8:30:00 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 ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
​ Mudslinging at PGMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3342​ Mudslinging at PGMPueblo Grande Museum1/18/2020 3:00:00 PM1/18/2020 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 Pueblo Grande Museum (PGM) is looking for volunteers to sling mud and help preserve the past! Mudslinging is a stabilization technique for earthen structures. No experience required. Call the museu m at 602.495.0901 to rsvp and volunteer.
​ SALT Saturdayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3344​ SALT SaturdayPueblo Grande Museum1/18/2020 5:00:00 PM1/18/2020 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 Skill of the Month Friction Fire One Saturday a month, S.A.L.T (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies) demonstrates a specific skill relating to prehistoric and historic technologies. Visitors can participate in and observe live demonstrations! Included with Museum Admission.
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3225Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.1/19/2020 12:00:00 PM1/19/2020 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 every Sunday year-round. 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 .
MLK Festivalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3260MLK FestivalHance Park (east side), 116 E. Moreland St.1/20/2020 5:00:00 PM1/20/2020 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 ​Phoenix's annual MLK March, which starts at 15th and Jefferson streets near Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, ends in Hance Park for a festival where the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights events are remembered and celebrated. The festival features a variety of vendors and entertainment, and a health fair. Visit azmlk.org for additional information about the festival, march and other events coordinated by the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.
Fall Into Fitnesshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3253Fall Into FitnessHance Park (west side), 67 W. Culver St.1/22/2020 1:00:00 AM1/22/2020 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 ​ FitPHX and AARP Phoenix present "Fall Into Fitness" – a free eight-week, family-oriented fitness program for all ages and experience levels. Each Tuesday from January 14 to March 3, professional fitness instructors will lead calorie burning classes such as Turbo Kick LIVE, Zumba, P90X LIVE, PiYo, HIGH Fitness, Core de Force Live and more. The workouts are fun, interactive and designed to get people moving, and are set to popular music. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water, towel and mat (optional). Local health and wellness vendors will be on-site each week to provide giveaways. Free public parking is available. Register today and view additional details about the "Fall Into Fitness" series and other free FitPHX activities . Held on the west side of Margar​​​et T. Hance Park​ (67 W. Culver St.).
Food Truck Fridayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3294Food Truck FridayCivic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. 1/24/2020 6:00:00 PM1/24/2020 8:30:00 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 ​Visit the heart of downtown Phoenix every Friday and order lunch from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks. View the upcoming food truck schedule
National Trail Trekhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3218National Trail TrekSouth Mountain Park/Preserve's National Trail1/25/2020 2:00:00 PM1/26/2020 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 24th annual ​National Trail Trek celebrates South Mountain Park/Preserve's "National Trail," an historic and picturesque trail that runs from Pima Canyon, located at the easternmost edge of the mountain, to the ridgeline at San Juan Lookout, on the western edge of the park. The 15.5-mile trek will expose hikers to a variety of Sonoran desert flora and fauna, and provide an opportunity to discover some of the ancient Hohokam petroglyphs hidden in the area. ​​ Registration opens on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at 1030 a.m. Visit the National Trail Trek event page for additional information .
Doggie Street Festivalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3301Doggie Street FestivalSteele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd.1/25/2020 5:00:00 PM1/25/2020 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 This free event is designed to promote public awareness and educate about responsible dog and cat adoption. Learn more at doggiestreetfestival.org/phoenix .


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Department News: 



Read the January 2020 Hance Park Newsletterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2482Read the January 2020 Hance Park Newsletter1/10/2020 8:00:00 PM
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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