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 Current Registration - Winter Session:

  •  Winter Session dates: January 8- March 10, 2018
  •  Winter Guide online: December 1
  •  Winter Registration dates: December 12- Residents /December 14 - Non Residents

 Next Registration - Spring Session:

  • Spring Session dates: March 19-May 19
  • Spring Guide online: February 9
  • Spring Registration dates: February 20- Residents / February 22- Non Residents

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

The Power line and Heritage Trails improvements are complete and both trails are now open.

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 The Water Tower Plaza Splash Pad has been shut off due to maintenance.  The other water features are not affected.......thank you!

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 our upcoming events along with some additions to our favorite festivities.

First, who wants to go to a Luau right here in Gilbert?  The Gilbert Parks and Recreation Foundation is hosting their First Annual “Night in the Park - Lakeside Luau”! Come enjoy a night of fun with live entertainment featuring Polynesian and fire dancers, steel drums, great food and exciting raffle prizes. ALL proceeds from this event benefit Gilbert Parks and Recreation programs and services! Come be a part of the fun while supporting your community. We would love to see you there! The event will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 5pm-10pm, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, AZ. To purchase tickets contact Jennifer Lauria at To learn more about the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Foundation visit

Then join us on October 27th 4pm-9pm and October 28th 9am-3pm to enjoy the sights, sounds and vibrant energy at the Gilbert "Off the Street" Art Festival.  The festival will be held in Gilbert’s popular Downtown Heritage District and will feature live music, street performers, activities, food, and artisan and craft vendors.  Chalk artists will "chalk it up” with colorful and exciting chalk murals.

Gilbert will continue hosting its Downtown Concert Series at the Water Tower Plaza beginning October 12th through November 30th. 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 30th to see the lighting of the Water Tower to kick off 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 9th 11am at the Civic Center Campus.

Gilbert Days is just around the corner and kicks off with the Rodeo November 9th-12th. 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 17th  and the Half Marathon, 10K Run and parade on November 18th

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 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th from 5:30-9pm.

Tis the season for events, fun and celebrating in our recreation centers.   Wear your orange and black and join us for Halloween festivities at McQueen Park Activity Center’s Monster Mash and get your wiggles out at Freestone Recreation Centers Little Wiggles Fall Festival.  No Thanksgiving would be complete without a Turkey Trot so be sure to join us at the Freestone Recreation Center on Friday November 17th.  Mistletoe, holly and gingerbread will finish out the year with Parks and Recreation’s Breakfast with Santa, Little Elves Workshop and annual Pictures with Santa.  Be sure to check out all of our fabulous Parks and recreation Community Events on our comprehensive calendar located on page 14. We ho-ho-hope to see you there!

Be sure to check out all our programs and events in this Holiday Recreation Guide. All events are listed on our website

Rod Buchanan

Parks and Recreation Director

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