The Department of Recreation has one of the finest recreational programs in the Capital District, providing opportunities and facilities for all residents to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle. Choose to enjoy one of the many parks or playgrounds, community centers, swimming and skating facilities within Albany. We also enrich the community with boxing, karate and fitness programs which offer a fun alternative to traditional exercise.

The Department understands that recreation is much more than a necessary or pleasant diversion to stay healthy. It is a way to strengthen our families and our neighborhoods, bringing us together as a community. We strive to enhance our recreational programs and facilities. I encourage you to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities provided in the City of Albany.

North Albany Playground MISSION
The mission of the Department of Recreation is to coordinate, plan and develop recreational and educational services for the youth of the City of Albany. The Department will work cooperatively with the schools, youth organizations, parents and other community resources to enrich and further develop the lives of our young people. The Department provides recreation and park programs to youth and seniors and supervises all City playgrounds, teen centers, fitness programs, swimming pools, Swinburne Skating Rink, Bleecker Stadium and Ridgefield Park. 

2015 Summer Camps, Clubs and Classes!

Please call the Dept. of Recreation at 518-434-5699 to sign up and participate.

June 29-August 13
Ages: 4-18 years old
Monday & Wednesday:1pm-8:30pm at Upper Lincoln Park 
Tuesday & Thursday: 1pm-4:30pm at Arbor Hill Park and 5:30pm-8:30pm at Westland Hills
Friday: 1pm-4:30pm at Hoffman Park 

August 13: JAMBOREE: Washington Park

LACROSSE CAMP  - Presented by the City of Albany and the Albany Recreation  Lacrosse Club
July 13-24, Plumeri Turf Field (20 Frisbee Ave.)
July 27-July 31, Arbor Hill Park
Ages: 3rd-12th grade
8:30am -11:30am
Bring mouth guard; all other equipment provided

July 27-31
Ages: 5-13 years old 
8:30-11:30 am
Plumeri Field (20 Frisbie Ave.)

August 3-7  
Ages: 6-16 years old
RUNNING CLUB-- Presented by Fleet Feet Sports Albany & City of Albany
July 7 -August 20
Ages: 8-15 years old
Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-11:30am Lincoln Park
Transportation provided from the Arbor Hill Community Center at 8:45am
Participants are fitted with free new running shoes at the end of the club!

Tuesdays, July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25 
Ages: 8-16  years old
9am-12pm; July 14 Hike location: High Point in Altamont; July 28 Hike location: Buttermilk Water Falls in Altamont; other date locations TBA
Pick-up at Arbor Hill (50 Lark St.) & Hoffman Community Centers (7 Hoffman Ave.)
Wear pants and close-toed shoes.
BLACK WATCH PREMIER SOCCER CLUB--Presented by the Black Watch Premier Soccer School
Ages: 6-13 years old
Monday, August 10 & Friday August 14, 8-11:30am
Plumeri Fields, 20 Frisbie Ave.

All are welcome
Mondays 6-7 pm Westland Hills Park (rain location: Arbor Hill Community Center)
June 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27
August 3, 10, 17 & 24

Wednesdays 6-7pm: Lincoln Park Bowl (rain location: Lincoln Park Fitness Center)
July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
August 5, 12, 19 & 26 
All are welcome
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm Westland Hills Park (rain location: Arbor Hill Community Center)
June 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
Saturdays 10-11am Washington Park (rain location: Lincoln Park Fitness Center)
June 27, July 11, 18, & 25 

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  

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We want your feedback

Do you or someone you know utilize the city's community centers? Let us know what you think, fill out this survey.

Do you or someone you know utilize the city's Senior Services? Let us know what you think, fill out this survey.

We are always looking for volunteers

Are you, or someone you know looking to volunteer for the City of Albany Department of Recreation? Click here to download a copy of the application.

All surveys and applications can be filled out and returned to:

The Department of Recreation
7 Hoffman Avenue
Albany, NY 12209

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Contact Information

The Department of Recreation 7 Hoffman Avenue
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 434-5699
Fax: (518) 434-5707


Park Maintenance & Beautification
The Department of General Services
1 Conners Boulevard
Albany, NY 12204
Phone: (518) 434-CITY (2489)
Fax: (518) 427-7499