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, indoor swimming at Pershing Pool, and skating at the Charlie Heger Ice Rink. 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.

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

  • Pershing indoor pool open year-round
  • Pavonia/Marion Community Pool open during the summer
  • Johnston/Lafayette Aquatic Center open during the summer
  • Charlie Heger Skating Rink open for ice skating in winter/roller skating in summer

 

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SPRING FORWARD OUTDOOR SPORTS CLINICS | March 15 - May 27

SOCCER | TENNIS | BASKETBALL | SKATEBOARDING | TRACK

FREE for Jersey City youth!
See the full schedule and register on RecDesk. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact recreation@jcnj.org

  • Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present
  • Will not take place during inclement weather
  • Participants provide their own equipment & adhere to city social distancing rules

SUMMERFUN 2.0 DAYCAMP | July 5 - August13 | 6 ONE-WEEK SESSIONS

Register between 3/15 - 6/6 (OR UNTIL PROGRAM IS ENROLLED TO CAPACITY)
MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:30AM - 3:30PM 
FOR CHILDREN AGES 7 - 13
Summer is coming! Enroll your child now in our summer day camp held outdoors in 6 different parks. All state and CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
  • Weekly themes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Talent shows
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Roller skating
  • Breakfast and lunch provided




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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

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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Department 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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