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!

Click here to view the Spring/Summer newsletter.

Please contact the Department of Recreation at 518-434-5699 or 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.

Camp  Location  Time  Date 2016  Grade Level 
Basketball  Hoffman Park/Arbor Hill  8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  7/5-8/5  K-12 
Baseball  Plumeri Sports Complex  8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  8/8-8/12  3-12 
Soccer  Plumeri Sports Complex  8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  6/27-7/1  3-12 
Golf  Capital Hills  8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  8/15-8/26  3-12 
Lacrosse  Plumeri Sports Complex  8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  7/11-7/22  3-12 
Clinic Location  Time  Date 2016 Grade Level 
Rugby 1   Dick Green Field  10 a.m.-noon  7/11-7/15  3-12 
Rugby 2  Rosemont Park 10 a.m.-noon  8/1-8/5  3-12 
Track & Field  Albany High School  5 p.m.-7 p.m.  7/11-7/22  3-12 
Flag Football  Hoffman Football Field  5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  7/18-7/29  3-12 
Softball  Plumeri Sports Complex  8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  8/8-8/12  3-12 
Basketball  Mater Christi Park (New Scotland Rd.) 5 p.m.-7 p.m.  6/27-7/1  3-12 
Basketball  Sunset Park (Lounello)  5 p.m.-7 p.m.  8/8-8/12  3-12 
Basketball  Rosemont Park 5 p.m.-7 p.m.  8/15-8/19  3-12 
Basketball  Krank Park  5 p.m.-7 p.m.  8/22-8/26  3-12 
Basketball  Hackett Park  5 p.m.- 7 p.m.  8/29-9/2  3-12 

View a listing of City Parks, Playgrounds & Recreational Facilities here. 

Swimming Pool Dress Code Variance Application
Swimming Pool Dress Code Variance Policy

We are excited about the skatepark being constructed in Washington Park! The construction is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2016. For more information on this project click here. 

We want your feedback

Do you or someone you know utilize the city's community centers? Let us know what you think, fill out this survey.

Looking for a Volunteer opportunity?

The Department of Recreation is always looking for energetic and hard-working volunteers to help out with our programs, community centers, and events. Anyone interested should come to The Department of Recreation located at 7 Hoffman Ave to fill out an application or click here to download a copy of the application.

All surveys and applications can be filled out and returned to:

The Department of Recreation
7 Hoffman Avenue
Albany, NY 12209

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Contact Information

The Department of Recreation 7 Hoffman Avenue
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 434-5699
Fax: (518) 434-5707


Park Maintenance & Beautification
The Department of General Services
1 Conners Boulevard
Albany, NY 12204
Phone: (518) 434-CITY (2489)
Fax: (518) 427-7499