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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Launches “Summertime in Albany”

June 19, 2017

ALBANY, NY - Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan kicked off “Summertime in Albany,” highlighting the numerous recreational offerings available throughout the City of Albany.  Mayor Sheehan was also joined by Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., interim superintendent for the City School District of Albany, to recognize the City’s continuing partnership with the City School District and to discuss the relocation of programming while the Arbor Hill Community Center is renovated. 

“The City of Albany is proud of the wide array of recreation activities available for residents of all ages,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan.  “From our pools and camps, to our award-winning Summer Youth Employment Program, there is something for everyone in the City of Albany.  Thank you to the City School District for their continued partnership and cooperation in securing alternative locations for programming while the Arbor Hill Community Center is renovated.”   

Mayor Sheehan announced today that the City is continuing to partner with the City School District while renovations to the Arbor Hill Community Center take place.  Starting Tuesday, June 27, through August 30, community center programming that would have taken place at the Arbor Hill Community Center such as arts and crafts, educational workshops, games, and sports will take place at the Sheridan Preparatory Academy (400 Sheridan Ave.) Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..  Starting Tuesday, June 27, Hackett Middle School (45 Delaware Ave.) will be made available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for operation of the City’s summer pool and aquatics program for children.   

“The City School District is proud to continue our partnership with the City of Albany to help support recreation and summer meals programming for our City’s youth,” said Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., interim superintendent for the City School District of Albany.  “It is important that children have a place to enjoy the summer, and the City School District is thrilled to help make this a reality.”  

Mayor Sheehan also announced the Lincoln Park Pool will be opening for the season on Saturday, June 24 at 12:00 p.m..  The Lincoln Park Pool will be open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. for open swim, and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for family swim.  Learn to Swim Classes for ages 5 and up will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from July 10 to July 14 as well as July 17 to July 21.  The Mater Christi Pool will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..   

The 11 spray pads located throughout the City will also be opening on Saturday, June 24.  Spray pads will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m..  Spray Pad locations include Colonie Street Park, Hackett Park, Krank Park, Livingston Park, North Swan Street Park, Ridgefield Park, Rosemont Park, and the Sheridan, Swinburne, Westland Hills, and Upper Lincoln Spray Pools.   

A complete list of the locations and hours of operation for each pool is also available here.   

In addition to pools and spray pads, the City of Albany offers 36 facilities with a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, handball courts, baseball and softball fields, ice skating and roller skating rinks, and community centers.  This summer the City of Albany’s Department of Recreation will be hosting a variety of summer programs, including:         

  • Rock and Jock at Hoffman Park on the first Friday of every month with music, games, and dancing; 
  • Running Club for children ages 10 and up at Lower Lincoln Park on Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; 
  • Co-ed Volleyball at Swinburne Park on Mondays and Wednesdays between July 10 and September 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; 
  • Roller Skating at Swinburne Park available daily from June 26 through September 4. For more information click here
  • Sit to be Fit, aerobic fitness for seniors, at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Friday’s from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 
  • Zumba classes at Sheridan Preparatory Academy; 
  • Boxing Gym, at 91 Quail St., available from 1pm to 9pm, with special hours for youth between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., focusing on technical boxing skills, as well as strength and conditioning; 
  • Stories and Art in the Park at Washington Park every Monday between July 10 and August 14from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a partnership with the Albany Public Library, Albany Barn, and WMHT.  For a complete schedule, click here
  • The annual Allympics on August 24 and 25 at Lower Lincoln Park, a fun and friendly Olympic-style competition event.   

For more information, and to register for any of the events described above, please call (518) 434-5699 or email    

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, with breakfast served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., while lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m..  For more information please call 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, please click here.   

The Department of Recreation also has several camps and clinics scheduled for the summer complete with sports, adventure and community involvement.  You can sign up for camps and clinics by calling (518) 434-5699, visiting the Recreation Department’s office at 7 Hoffman Avenue, or by emailing    

Camps available include baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, as well as a variety of sports at Arbor Hill Park, and an adventure camp.  Clinics are available in a variety of areas, including basketball, dance, skateboarding, strength & conditioning, and softball.  For a complete listing of camps and clinics, please click here.   

The City of Albany is again hosting our annual LIGHT (Learning, Initiative and Gaining Headway Together) Summer Youth Employment Program.  This program is designed to provide any young City of Albany resident, age 14-18, with a summer work experience.  The goals of the program are to introduce and prepare youth for the world of work, help youth identify career interests and attain skills and good work habits, and provide income to youth, which may also supplement family income.   

LIGHT received a Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its Friday enrichment program.  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.  Those youth who have registered for this year’s summer youth employment program will be sent their job assignments via mail on June 24th.  Participants are able to earn between $7.00/hour and $9.70/hour, depending on their age.