​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

Cool off at a city of Phoenix  splashpad. Splashpads are open until Oct. 1. The city's public pools have closed for the summer.

Registration is open for fall programs, sports leagues, FREE codePHX classes and other activities.

Register now for Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) for the 2019-20 school year.

Cesar Chavez Community Center Coming in Fall 2021

Design concepts for the proposed Cesar Chavez Community Center were unveiled during a public meeting on Sept. 12, 2019.

View the design concepts and learn more about the project.

"Take a Hike. Do it Right."

Millions of people enjoy Phoenix hiking trails annually.

Park Rangers want trail users to know these safety guidelines.

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

Participate in South Mountain Park/Preserve
Silent Sunday Events

Follow Piestewa Peak Trailhead
Improvement Project Updates


Noche en Blanco in Hance Park - Oct. 26, 2019

Learn about the Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project


Upcoming Events: 



Mudslinging at the Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3017Mudslinging at the MuseumPueblo Grande Museum9/21/2019 3:00:00 PM9/21/2019 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 ​Mudslinging is a stabilization technique for earthen structures. It has been employed for decades to shore up and repair the ancient Hohokam platform mound. PGM is looking for volunteers to sling mud and help preserve the past! The Mudslingers meet on the third Saturday of the month from 8am to 11am during the months of September to May (unless otherwise noted). Schedule might change due to weather conditions, call the museum to rsvp to volunteer at (602) 495-0901. No experience required.
Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2960Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!Pueblo Grande Museum9/21/2019 4:00:00 PM9/21/2019 11:45:00 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-bc01-17d32298aa9bCelebrate Smithsonian Maga​zine’s Museum Day Live! at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday, September 21. Enjoy a free music session for kids with local guitarist Alex Wilcox from 10 am - noon! Two-for-one admission available all day. Simply register to get your two-for-one ticket on smithsonianmag.com/museumday starting August 15th. In honor of Smithsonian’s Year of Music and Pueblo Grande Museum’s upcoming 90th anniversary celebration, Pueblo Grande Museum will present western country and blues music from the era of the museum’s founding.
S.A.L.T Saturdayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2992S.A.L.T SaturdayPueblo Grande Museum9/21/2019 5:00:00 PM12/22/2019 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 Pueblo Grande Museum is hosting S.A.L.T Saturdays every month. One Saturday a month, S.A.L.T (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies) will show and tell on a specific skill relating to prehistoric and historic technologies. The show and tell is a drop in program, where visitors can informally ask questions and observe live demonstrations. S.A.L.T Saturdays is a free program included with museum admission. Upcoming S.A.L.T Saturday programs at Pueblo Grande Museum Saturday, September 21, 2019 10 am – 2 pm Skills of the Month Pine Needle BasketsLearn how to make a basket with Jennifer Ahumada. Saturday, October 19, 2019 10 am – 2 pm Skill of the Month Felting Learn about processing Animal Fibers with Prehistoric Tools. Saturday, November 16, 2019 10 am – 2 pm Skill of the Month Atlatls Learn how to make an Atlatl with Charlie Tadano. Saturday, December 21, 2019 10 am – 2 pm Skill of the Month Cordage Learn about how to process fibers for cordage.
Night Golfhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3010Night GolfPalo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave.9/22/2019 2:00:00 AM9/22/2019 5:00:00 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 ​Participate in this unique event at Palo Verde Golf Course. The cost per person is $28 and includes a glow ball and necklace, pull cart (first-come, first-served), practice balls prior to the round and a prize gift. Check-in at 7 p.m., shotgun start at 730 p.m. Call 602-534-4653 ext. 5 to register. Night golf events are held on the third Saturday of the month from March thru October. The October event is held on the fourth Saturday to coincide with Halloween. Group outings can be planned on other nights. The minimum number of golfers required for a special outing is 36.
Silent Sundayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3004Silent SundaySouth Mountain Park/Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave.9/22/2019 12:00:00 PM9/23/2019 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 ​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.
WalkPHX Wednesdayshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/3035WalkPHX WednesdaysHance Park, 67 W. Culver St.9/26/2019 12:15:00 AM9/26/2019 2:15:00 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 ​​Produced in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, WalkPHX Wednesdays is a FREE social walk/run through downtown Phoenix that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, starting in Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St. WalkPHX Wednesdays provides participants with a 3.2-mile loop through downtown and three city of Phoenix parks. After completing the route, participants are invited to purchase dinner from a rotating selection of food trucks, while socializing with others who also are looking for a fun way to stay fit. Participants are eligible to win weekly drawings for great prizes and FitPHX items. You don't have to participant in the WalkPHX Wednesdays walk/run to enjoy the food trucks. Join in if you just want to relax and have a picnic dinner in the park with friends. Learn more and register for WalkPHX Wednesdays​​​​​
Fiber Technology Workshophttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/2931Fiber Technology WorkshopPueblo Grande Museum9/28/2019 4:00:00 PM9/28/2019 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**SOLD OUT**​ Saturday, September 28 9 a.m. to noon $45; all supplies included Discover how the Hohokam and other prehistoric cultures processed the agave and yucca leaf to extract fiber with Master of Prehistoric Fiber Technologies Albert Abril. During this hands-on workshop, participants will break down raw agave and yucca leaves to expose their fibers. Using their processed fibers, they will make cordage or rope, and learn about its variety of applications and discover how it can be turned into a useful tool! This workshop requires advanced registration by September 26, space is limited. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. All supplies are included. Register Today!

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Department News: 



Noche en Blanco Returns to Hance Park Oct. 26https://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2414Noche en Blanco Returns to Hance Park Oct. 269/17/2019 5:00:00 PM
Parks and Recreation Awarded for Programs and Partnershipshttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2397Parks and Recreation Awarded for Programs and Partnerships8/23/2019 5:45:00 PM
Fiesta Bowl Commits $2M to Hance Park Revitalization Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/news/parks/2394Fiesta Bowl Commits $2M to Hance Park Revitalization Project8/19/2019 6:45:00 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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