If the budget is too tight to send the kids to overnight camp, there’s plenty to do right here in JC—if you know where to look. We caught up with Joe Macchi, director of the Jersey City Department of Recreation, to get the lowdown on recreational options this summer.
“We have numerous activities,” Macchi says. “Field trips, volleyball, bowling, sprinklers, swimming, and indoor activities in the gym.” The programs run for five weeks, starting after the Fourth of July. “Summer is the busiest time of year for us,” Macchi says. “It’s challenging. After nine months of school, kids need to go out and play.”
Here’s a rundown:
Little League, Cal Ripkin League, and Babe Ruth League, boys and girls, ages 4-16, (201) 547-5003
Boys and girls, ages 8-17, Monday-Friday, June-August, (201) 547-5003
Boys and girls, ages 4-14, (201) 547-5003
Special Needs Program
9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 2-Aug. 2, (201) 547-5651
Summer Fun Program & Outdoor Activities
Boys and girls, ages 8-13 at 12 locations, breakfast and lunch served, (201) 547-5003
For information on the summer sprinkler schedule, swim teams, open swim, and learn-to-swim programs at indoor and outdoor pools around the city, call (201) 547-5003. At the newly renovated Pershing Fields pool, a six-week program costs $40.
Free clinics for boys and girls, ages 6-17 at various parks around the city in July and August. Tennis balls and rackets provided. (201) 547-5003
Track & Field Team
Boys and girls, ages 7-14 at Jersey City Armory and Lincoln Park, mid-April through July. (201) 547-4446
For more information, visit jerseycitynj.gov. Go to “Government” and then “Department of Recreation.”—Kate Rounds