The Department of Recreation has one of the finest recreational programs in the Capital District, providing opportunities and facilities for all residents to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle. Choose to enjoy one of the many parks or playgrounds, community centers, swimming and skating facilities within Albany. We also enrich the community with boxing, karate and fitness programs which offer a fun alternative to traditional exercise.
In 2013, the Department of Recreation installed Tobacco-Free Zone signage in all City parks and recreational facilities. The City of Albany is committed to making our community a safe environment for families and the Department of Recreation is proud to be a part of the effort.
The Department understands that recreation is much more than a necessary or pleasant diversion to stay healthy. It is a way to strengthen our families and our neighborhoods, bringing us together as a community. We strive to enhance our recreational programs and facilities and encourage you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities provided in the City of Albany.
The mission of the Department of Recreation is to coordinate, plan and develop recreational and educational services for the youth of the City of Albany. The Department will work cooperatively with the schools, youth organizations, parents and other community resources to enrich and further develop the lives of our young people. The Department provides recreation and park programs to youth and seniors and supervises all City playgrounds, teen centers, fitness programs, swimming pools, Swinburne Skating Rink, Bleecker Stadium and Ridgefield Park.
Fun Summer Activities for Adults & Youth!
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Please contact the Department of Recreation at 518-434-5699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up and participate.
Learn to Swim Program
Join us for a free two week program instructed by certified water safety instructors in conjunction with the American Red Cross. All ages are welcome. Parents are encouraged to join their children in the water.
There will be two, one-hour sessions per day which includes basic safety instruction to heighten awareness of the dangers in and around bodies of water. The first session begins at 10:00 a.m., the second session at 11:00 a.m..
Registration is required for participation. Residents can pre-register or register on the first day of classes. Please note that pre-registration is preferred. Participants will be grouped according to skill level (1-6), and will receive certification upon completion of each level. Dates: July 11th -15th & July 18th -22nd Time: 10:00 a.m.(session one), 11:00 a.m. (session two) Location: Lincoln Park Pool Contact: Joee Weber (518) 434-1876
Opening date for Pools & Spray Pads is Saturday, June 25th, 2016!
Mater Christie & Lincoln Pool hours
: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Spray pad hours
: Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Visit the seasonal pools page for more information. For more information on lifeguard opportunities, click here. Capital City Sports Camps & Clinics
The Department of Recreation offers a wide variety of kids sports camps over the summer months. Below is a complete list of the camps and clinics being offered. To download the Capital City Camps & Clinics Registration Form, click here.
To download the Capital City Camps & Clinics Flyer, click here
. For city residents, camp registration is $85 per week and clinic registration is $25 per week. Additional fees apply for non-residents