Lucinda McLaughlin, Director
 Lucinda McLaughlin, Director

The Jersey City Department of 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.

Please check out all programs available for registration at jcrec.recdesk.com.

 

DIVISION OF RECREATION

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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.


PARK SPLASH PADS OPENING 5/28/22 

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Arlington Park, 785 Grand St.
Audubon Park, 103-129 Bergen Ave.
Bayside Park, 450 Garfield Ave.
Berry Lane Park, Garfield Ave.
Boyd McGuinness Park, 2565 JFK Blvd.
Columbia Park, 1626 JFK Blvd.
Dr. Lena Edwards (Baby Rutgers) Park, 325 Johnson Ave.
Enos Jones Park, 8th and Brunswick Streets
Ferris Triangle Park , 250 Old Bergen Rd. (coming soon)
Gallagher Park (Woodland Ave Park), 259 Linden Ave. 
Hamilton Park, 25 West Hamilton Pl.
La Pointe Park, 53 Stuyvesant Ave.
Muhammad Ali Park, 104 Van Nostrand Ave.
Pershing Park, 201 Central Ave.
Rev. Ercel Webb Park (Lafayette), 124 Lafayette St.
Riverview Fisk Park, Palisade Ave.
Terrace Avenue Park, Thorne St.
Thomas McGovern Park (Country Village), 36 Sycamore Rd. 
Van Vorst Park, 257 Montgomery St.
Virginia Avenue Park, 74 Virginia Ave.
Wilkinson Avenue Park, 146 Wilkinson Ave.

PUBLIC POOLS

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2022 SUMMER SWIM LESSONS

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

  1. Register at jcrec.recdesk.com for the desired class
  2.  Complete Registration by clicking Check Out. Make sure cart is empty
  3. Follow the directions in email confirmation

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  1. Upload proof of age & a current proof of residency (6 months or under) Driver’s licenses are not accepted
  2. If an applicant is registered for any level 2 or higher, a completion card is required to prove participant meets requirements. This card is shown before or on the 1st day of class. A completion card is not required for LTS-1, PSA, or Baby & Me. If an applicant does not have a completion card, a skills test will be required before they can participate in the class
  3. Participants in Baby & me are required to have a parent/guardian 18 years of age or older in the water at all times

PROGRAM DATES & TIMES

REGISTER ON RECDESK

SESSION 1 | MAY 30, 2022

LAFAYETTE AQUATICS CENTER
303 Van Horne Street

SATURDAYS

PSA 9:00am – 9:40am

Baby & Me 10:00am – 10:40am

LTS 1 10:00am – 10:40am

Adults 11:00am – 11:40am

Clinic 11:00am – 11:40am

 

SUNDAYS

Clinic 9:00am – 9:40am

LTS 3 10:00am – 10:40am

LTS 1 10:00am – 10:40am

LTS 2 11:00am – 11:40am

PSA 11:00am – 11:40am

SESSION 1 -  June 5 - July 10, 2022

PAVONIA POOL
914 Pavonia Avenue

SATURDAYS

Clinic 9:00am – 9:40am

Adult 10:00am – 10:40am

LTS 210:00am – 10:40am

LTS 3 11:00am – 11:40am

LTS 1 11:00am – 11:40am

 

SUNDAYS

PSA 10:00am – 10:40am

Clinic 10:00am – 10:40am

Baby & Me 11:00am – 11:40am

LTS 2 11:00am – 11:40am

PERSHING FIELD POOL
201 Central Avenue

SATURDAYS

Clinic 9:00am – 9:40am

LTS 1 10:00am – 10:40am

LTS 3 10:00am – 10:40am

Baby & Me 11:00am – 11:40am

Adults 11:00am – 11:40am


SUNDAYS

Baby and Me 10:00am – 10:40am

LTS 2 10:00am – 10:40am

PSA 11:00am – 11:40am

LTS 1 11:00am – 11:40am

LEVEL     MIN. AGE MAX. AGE   PARTICIPANTS PER CLASS

Baby & Me 1 year 3 yr & 11 mo 10

PSA 4 years 5 yrs & 11 mo 10

LTS 1-5 6 years 14 years 10

Adults 15 years         No max age 10

           

PLEASE NOTE: Participant will be removed from the class if final registration is not completed with the 2-day deadline from date of invoice or does not meet requirements during water skills test.  There are no refunds. There are no make-up classes.

 

PUBLIC POOL PRESEASON 

Pool usage is for Jersey City residents only. All individuals 18 & older must show current photo ID & proof of residency to enter the facility.

5/30/22 - 6/28/22

LAFAYETTE AQUATICS CENTER | 303 Van Horne Street | 201-273-6518

Monday to Friday
Adult Lap Swim:  7am - 9am
Family Swim: 4pm - 6pm

SaturdaysSundays and Holidays Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

6/4/22 - 6/28/22

PAVONIA/MARION POOL | 914 Pavonia Avenue | 201-547-4692

Monday to Friday
Adult Lap Swim:  7am - 9am
Family Swim: 4pm - 6pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

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SUMMER SCHEDULE 6/29/22 - 9/5/22

LAFAYETTE AQUATICS CENTER | 303 Van Horne Street | 201-273-6518

Monday to Friday
Adult Lap Swim:  7am - 9am
Camp Swim: 10am-12pm (No Public Entry)
Family Swim: 1pm-3pm
Family Swim: 4pm - 6pm

SaturdaysSundays and Holidays Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

PAVONIA/MARION POOL | 914 Pavonia Avenue | 201-547-4692

Monday to Friday
Adult Lap Swim:  7am - 9am
Camp Swim: 10am-12pm (No Public Entry)
Family Swim: 1pm-3pm
Family Swim: 4pm - 6pm

SaturdaysSundays and Holidays Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

•••

POST SEASON SCHEDULE 9/6/22 - 9/25/22

PAVONIA/MARION POOL | 914 Pavonia Avenue | 201-547-4692

Monday to Friday
Adult Lap Swim:  7am - 9am
Family Swim: 4pm - 6pm

SaturdaysSundays and Holidays Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

LAFAYETTE AQUATICS CENTER | 303 Van Horne Street | 201-273-6518

Monday to Friday
Adult Lap Swim:  7am - 9am
Family Swim: 4pm - 6pm

SaturdaysSundays and Holidays Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

•••

PERSHING POOL SUMMER SCHEDULE 5/28/22 - 9/4/22

PERSHING FIELD POOL | 201 CENTRAL AVENUE | 201-547-6886

May 28 - Sept 4, 2022

Monday to Friday

Adult Lap Swim:         7am - 9am
Camp Swim 10am - 12pm (no public entry)
Family Swim:         1am -3pm 4pm - 6pm

Saturdays and Sundays Family Swim: 12pm - 2pm
3pm - 5pm

All individuals 18 & older, must show current photo ID to enter the facility | Admission fee is required for entry | Closed on all City Holidays

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FITNESS PROGRAMS AT THE BETHUNE CENTER

Tai Chi
Tuesday and Friday 10am-11am
Instructor: Lawrence Rivers

Zumba Gold
Thursday 10:30am-11:30am
Instructor: Denise Rose-Booker

Tae Kwon Do for Kids
Saturday 9:30am-11:30am
Instructor: Mike Garcia

Bootcamp Fitness
Saturday 9am-10am
Instructor: Sensei Darren Drain

Practical Self Defense
Saturday 10am-11am
Instructor: Sensei Darren Drain

All classes free and open to the public. Registrations are walk-in, except Tae Kwon Do. For additional information, please call 201-547-3087

The Bethune Center, 140 MLK Drive, Jersey City NJ 07305



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.

 

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REC DESK

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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Contact Info

  • phone(201)547-5003
  • fax(201)547-4586
  • Caven Point Complex
    1 Chapel Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ 07305

    Lucinda McLaughlin, Director

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