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


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:Swim Foundation Logo & Tagline

  • Pershing indoor pool open year-round
  • Pavonia/Marion Community Pool open  to Jersey City residents with ID (closed for the season)
  • Johnston/Lafayette Aquatic Center open  to Jersey City residents with ID (closed for the season)


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

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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.


   How to setup a RecDesk account on Community


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.

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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