Pool and Spray Pads Opening Schedule 2019

  • The Lincoln Park Pool will open for the season on Saturday, June 29 at 12pm, and will be open daily for the season from 12pm to 7pm for open swim.
  • The Mater Christi Pool will open for the season the week of July 1 (date TBD), and once open will be open daily from 11am to 6pm.
  • The Arbor Hill Community Center Pool is open daily from 12pm to 6pm. The 11 spray pads located throughout the City will also open on Saturday, June 29.
  • Spray pads will open daily from 10am to 6pm, and are located at 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.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (518) 434-5699. 

The City of Albany offers 36 facilities with a variety of 11 different amenities which include: playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, handball courts, swimming pools, baseball/softball fields, spray pads, ice skating/roller skating and community centers. 

The Department of Recreation is excited to launch the use of RecDesk! 

RecDesk is a 100% web based solution for Recreation Departments, Schools, Churches, Civic and Non-Profit Organizations that helps them manage programs, facilities, credit card processing and registrations.

This state-of-the-art software will allow the public to interact with our department in an easier and more efficient way than ever before. It will allow our community to know what is happening at each of our locations, register and securely submit payments for programs and facility rentals, and manage the schedules of their household members all from one web site.  

The sign up process is quick and easy, we welcome all residents to register today. Get started by visiting

The City of Albany has created a comprehensive map of Summer Programs and Camps for youth in the city. The information presented through openAlbany is based on data provided by Program providers. This map provides the provider name, program name, type of program, age of child, start and end dates and times, cost, lunch program, transportation provided, phone number and a link to the provider’s website. This map can be filtered by provider name, type of program, age, cost, etc., and can be downloaded. 

Blue icons represent all programs provided by the City of Albany Department of Recreation, purple icons represent locations that provide Free Summer Meals while orange icons represent every other program providers in the City. 

Programs for which an address could not be geocoded will not appear in the map but will be available to view in the table and can be downloaded. Please note that this data is subject to change; data is likely to show changes as we received more information from program providers or community organizations.

Click here to have your program added to the Map 


2019 Summer Camps

This summer there will be a variety of camps and programs available to all City of Albany residents for free! We are bringing back Baseball Camp, Basketball Camp, Lacrosse Camp, Soccer Camp, Softball Camp, Skateboarding Camp, and introducing Dance, Flag Football and Legends of Arbor Hill Camp Across the City.

We will also be offering Learn to Swim at the Lincoln Park Pool, a Female Empowerment Program at the Lincoln Park Fitness Center, Senior Fitness at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Stories and Art in the Park at Washington Park, and the Annual Allympics on Saturday, August 17th at the Christian Plumeri Sports Complex.

The Department of Recreation will also be partnering again with the Albany Housing Authority for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program. This program offers free breakfast and lunch for those under the age of 18 at the Hoffman Community Center.

For more information or to register for a camp or program, visit:

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

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

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Looking to Volunteer?
The Department of Recreation is always looking for energetic and hard-working volunteers to help out with our programs, community centers and public events.  Interested applicants can submit a Volunteer Application--drop it off at the office on Hoffman Avenue, or email us.

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Contact Information

Department of Recreation
Jonathan Jones, Commissioner
Staff Directory

7 Hoffman Ave
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 434-5699
Fax: (518) 434-5707
General Email:
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Park Maintenance & Beautification
Department of General Services
Phone: (518) 434-CITY (2489)
General Email: