Lucinda McLaughlin, Director
 Lucinda McLaughlin, Director

The Jersey City Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Development is led by Director Lucinda McLaughlin and staffed with individuals who are committed to keeping our City's youth engaged and active.

The department has adapted all programs to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines and is proud to continue to offer outdoor recreational sports programs, outdoor music programs and indoor swimming at Pershing Pool. Additionally, all athletic fields and playgrounds are open throughout the City.

The department is responsible for maintenance of City parks.

Please check out all programs available for registration at



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The Division of Recreation offers year-round and season-specific clinics and leagues to improve the physical abilities, general fitness, and athletic skills of Jersey City’s youth. Instruction by the Division’s committed coaches is primarily in sports such as tennis, soccer, flag and tackle football, basketball, track, swimming, and boxing. The main focus of all sports offerings, however, is sportsmanship and positive engagement!

The Division schedules and permits all of the City’s athletic fields for practices and competitions associated with City-led activities as well as those of the schools and youth and adult athletic leagues.

Notice: Due to emergency maintenance at Pershing Field Ice Skating Rink, the facility will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be up and running soon.
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Ages 7 - 14 

Ages 5 - 14

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The Department operates three pools and one ice/roller rink:

  • Pershing indoor pool open year-round
  • Pavonia/Marion Community Pool open  to Jersey City residents with ID (closed for the season)
  • Johnston/Lafayette Aquatic Center open  to Jersey City residents with ID (closed for the season)

Division of Enrichment
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The Division of Enrichment offers engaging programs and activities for City youth that extend beyond the typical school day. Program offerings are designed to support youth in their academics while fostering their social and emotional needs with a goal of helping today's youth develop into civic-minded leaders. By focusing on their strengths and helping them build positive relationships, our youth will be able to leave a positive impact on our community.

The Division oversees and implements the Department’s summer camps, hiring and professional development for the City’s Summer youth employment and internship programs, and meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.


Special Needs Program

From soccer to golf to summer camp, the Jersey City Department of Recreation offers a variety of programs for residents with special needs. The programs look to provide participants with opportunities to socialize with their peers, interact with the community, while engaging in fun-filled recreational activities.


   How to setup a RecDesk account on Community


Rec Desk is a unique and effective online tool the Recreation Department utilizes to allow residents to search and register for recreational programs citywide.  Click here to get active.

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