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.

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Parks, Playgrounds & Recreational Facilities (2015 schedules for outdoor activities coming soon)

  • Yoga in the Park
  • Zumba in the Park
  • 1609 Fitness Challenge

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

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

Albany Rowing Center
Albany Running Exchange
ASAP Dodgeball League
Biking in Albany
Capital Hills at Albany Golf
Capital District Youth Rugby
Outdoor Competitive Volleyball
Out of Control Ski Club
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Capital District YMCA
Special Events in Albany

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