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Next Registration-Holiday Session:

  • Fall Session dates: Aug. 15-Oct. 8
  • Holiday Guide online: Sept. 9, 2016
  • Holiday Registration: Tues., Sept. 20 (resident), Thurs., Sept. 22 (non-resident)
  • Holiday Session dates: Oct. 17-Dec. 17

Rain Line: For up to date field conditions and closures call the rain line at 480-503-6201 

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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

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July is National Park & Recreation Month. Join us in celebrating the “Superhero” theme by getting out and discovering your super powers at one of our parks, recreation centers and pools. Summer is a great time to take advantage of all that our aquatic facilities have to offer including swim lessons, recreation swim and dive, public swim and special events. Check out all the aquatic programs in our Splash Guide at  Be sure to join us for the FREE Mesquite Water Safety Day and Kiddie Carnival on May 21st 11am-2pm. Gilbert Fire will be at the pools with activities and the fire truck.

Throughout the summer we will be offering programs and events to celebrate our “Superhero” Parks and Recreation. Freestone Recreation Center is offering a Superhero themed Kidz Kamp and Superhero Zumba on July 15th. Be sure to check out the July Superhero calendar to daily activities at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for events, fun facts and ways to enjoy Gilbert’s parks and recreation amenities. Tell your friends too! Share with us how you play in Gilbert by using #GilbertSuperJuly on social media.

The Freestone Recreation Center is hosting a Health and Fitness Open House on May 7th from 10a-2pm. Mark your calendar for this free event packed with events and activities with local vendors, entertainment, kids activities, massage, membership specials, FREE group exercise classes and giveaways.

The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch Lake is offering two NEW camps for kids; the Junior Ranger Camp and Summer Nature Camps. Junior Rangers help to preserve and protect our parks, playgrounds and trails. They learn about nature and history have fun exploring the parks with the Town of Gilbert Park Rangers. This is a one week program and participants will receive a Junior Ranger badge upon completion. Kids can spend the summer having fun and learning about nature, the outdoors and various sciences at the Riparian Preserve weekly Summer Nature Camp. Each week will have a new focus including life science, earth science and physical science.

I invite you to explore and discover all that Gilbert parks and recreation has to offer this summer!

From all of us here at Gilbert Parks & Recreation, thank you for supporting our parks and programs making Gilbert Parks & Recreation best in class!