Summertime In Albany

Summer is here and the Department of Recreation has much to offer for youth programming, from sports camps and clinics to the award winning Summer Youth Employment Program. The City of Albany strives to have something for everyone and keep our residents active all summer long. The Senior Sit to be Fit Program is now offering more classes. For more information click here

Pools and Spray Pads

The City of Albany has two pools and several spray pads throughout the City. Click here for a complete list of locations and hours. The Arbor Hill Community Center is closed and while renovations take place. Starting Tuesday, June 27, Hackett Middle School (45 Delaware Ave.) will be made available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for operation of the City’s summer pool and aquatics program for children. 

Additionally, community center programming that would have taken place at the Arbor Hill Community Center will take place at the Sheridan Preparatory Academy (400 Sheridan Ave.) starting Tuesday, June 27, through August 30.

Summer Food Program

The Department of Recreation is partnering with Albany Housing Authority to provide breakfast and lunches for city residents at 7 Hoffman Ave. Meals will be served June 26 through August 25, breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30 p.m. For a complete list of locations and times for the summer food program please contact the Albany Housing Authority at: 518-641-7500. The City School District is also hosting summer meals at several School District locations.  For more information, click here.

Coed Volleyball League

This year, the Department of Recreation is introducing a Coed Volleyball League at Swinburne Park! From July 10 through September 4, the Volleyball League will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. For more information and to register call 518-434-5699 or click here.


Roller skating is back at Swinburne skating rink this summer! Available from June 26 through September 4, you and your family and friends can roller skate for a reasonable fee and skate rentals are available. For more information click here

Running Club

In partnership with ARE Event Productions, the Lincoln Park Summer Running Program is back! Beginning on July 10th, the Running Program will take place every Monday until August 21st from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Children ages 10 and up are welcome to join. 

Summer Camps & Clinics

The Department of Recreation has several camps and clinics scheduled for the summer complete with sports, adventure and community involvement. Here is a complete summer camp and clinic schedule.


Summer Youth Employment Program Opportunities

The City of Albany's LIGHT (Learning, Initiative and Gaining Headway Together) Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to provide any young City of Albany resident, age 14-18, with a summer work experience.
LIGHT received a Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its Friday enrichment program, which includes a financial literacy workshop, a tour at UAlbany, a career exploration workshop, and a “Know Your Rights” program led by representatives from the Albany Police Department and the Center for Law and Justice. This “fifth day” of enrichment resulted from input from parents, participants and community leaders to make sure Albany’s youth are exposed to the broad opportunities that are available to them as they plan for their futures.

LIGHT strives to introduce and prepare youth for the world of work by helping them identify career interests and attain skills and good work habits. This is also a source of income for the participants. 
The program runs five (5) days per week for five (5) weeks. The first date of employment is Monday, July 3rd, the last is Friday, August 4th. Except for the first week, employees will work 20 hours per week. Job assignments will be mailed to the home address on file on June 24th. Participants are able to earn between $7.00/hour and $9.70/hour, depending on their age. For more information click here. Below is a list of the job opportunities and partnering organizations. For more information about the Summer Youth Employment Program, please contact the Department of Youth and Workforce Services at (518) 447-5977 or

Job Categories Work Sites
Camp Counselor  PAL
4-H Summer Scene
Boys & Girls Club 
Office/Medical  Albany City Schools
Albany Libraries
City of Albany Department or Recreation
City of Albany Youth & Workforce Services
City of Albany Human Resources
City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply
City of Albany Treasurer's Office
Police/Fire Cadets APD
Day Care/Child Care  YMCA
Elder Care  Drake Manor
Senior Services 
Maintenance   Albany City Schools 
Albany Housing Authority
Arts  Stephen & Harriet Myers Residence 
Engineering/Science/Technology (STEM)  Liberty Parntership 

Rock and Jock 

On the first Friday of every month beginning July 7th, Rock and Jock will be held at Hoffman Park and feature music, games, and dancing.

Stories & Art in the Park

The Department of Recreation is partnering with Albany Public Library (APL) and Albany Barn for a six-week series of story times and art activities in Washington Park beginning on July 10th. APL librarians will read stories and singsongs, followed by fun arts-and-crafts activities provided by the Department of Recreation and the Albany Barn. We will also welcome special guest WMHT as they bring their PBS KIDS program on select dates. 

Stories & Art in the Parks is an early literacy component of the Albany Public Library annual Summer Reading Program, and it’s for kids ages 2-5. Park story times last about an hour, and we will have shade and tables available. If it rains, we’ll meet at the nearest APL neighborhood branch. For a complete schedule click here


All ages are welcome to participate in this fun, friendly Olympic style competition event in the Lincoln Park Bowl on August 24th and 25th from 3 to 6 p.m.