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.

From January 19th-February 11th, the Division of Recreation is running outdoor sports clinics for youth aged 4-14 in flag football and soccer, the Division of Enrichment is hosting an outdoor drumming program, and both the pool and ice rink offer public sessions throughout the week. Swim lessons and skate lessons are also on the schedule! Please check out all programs available for registration at

Fundamentals of Drumming


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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