Our Mission

Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department commits to provide superior parks, recreation and cultural programs, which exceed customer expectations, enhance the quality of life, and promote lifelong leisure and educational pursuits. These services are provided by a dedicated team, focused on fairness, trust, innovation, with a commitment to excellence.  


Message from Director, Rod Buchanan

With the Gilbert holiday season quickly approaching, I am excited to announce new events along with some additions to our favorite festivities.

Gilbert will be hosting its first Downtown Concert Series to be held at the Water Tower Plaza. This exciting change of location for our concert parks will bring Gilbert families and friends to the Heritage Square to enjoy evenings full of music and fun! Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant then come out to see one of the many local bands ready to fill the Water Tower Plaza with music. Join us on a special night November 20th to see the Heritage Square lighting to ring in the holiday season!

Celebrate your patriotism, American pride by honoring our veterans! The ceremony features presentation of colors, music by local schools, special guest speakers, food and refreshments, and much more. Join us on November 6th 11am at the Civic Center Campus.

Gilbert Days is just around the corner. This traditional celebration of the heritage of Gilbert includes activities for all Gilbert residents including the return of the Gilbert Days 5k & 1 Mile on November 14th and the Parade and Festival on November 22nd.  A new addition to this celebration includes the Gilbert Half Marathon & 10k also on November 22nd.

The Riparian Preserve comes alive with a holiday glow!  Stroll around the candle-lit trail at Water Ranch Lake with hundreds of luminaries as well as numerous festive light displays at every turn. This is a rare opportunity for those who appreciate nature to experience the thrill of nighttime at the preserve. December 12, 13, 19, 20- 6pm-9pm

Usher in the holiday season with the 8th Annual Caroling at the Perry Branch Library & Perry High School!  Join us for refreshments, courtesy of Perry High School culinary students, while you enjoy the festivities.  Events will include gingerbread cookie decorating, caroling with Perry High School choir students, a visit with Santa’s elves, and story time.  The fun begins Thursday, December 4th at 3:15 with a story time especially for younger children.  Cookie decorating and other activities will begin after 4:00, and end around 6:45.

Be sure to check out all our programs and events in this Holiday Recreation Guide

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