Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Senior Services

The Department of Recreation, Cultural Affairs & Senior Services provides a holistic approach to providing services to our residents including seasonal activities, afterschool programs, healthy meals, athletics, arts and crafts, cultural activities, job readiness, tutoring, literacy and a host of other services that will encourage our residents to GET FIT, GET WELL and more importantly GET INVOLVED in the numerous services within our department.

To find a municipal recreation center, please click: The Recreation Center of your choice:

Recreation Centers

Marquis Bo Porter Sports Complex
378 Lyons Avenue
(973) 733-8006
Tues. - Fri. 11am-8pm  / Sat. 9am-6pm
Center Director: Mr. Ramel Watson

John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center
211 West Kinney Street
(973) 733-5483
Tues. - Fri. 11am-8pm  / Sat. 9am-6pm
Center Director: Bro. Ahmed Dowdell
Aquatics Director: Ms. Cathy Lenix-Hooker

Boylan Street Recreation Center
916 South Orange Avenue
(973) 733-8947
Tues. - Fri. 11am-8pm  / Sat. 9am-6pm
Center Director: Mr. Bernard Chase III

Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Recreation & Aquatic Center
226 Rome Street
(973) 733-3707
Tues. - Fri. 11am-8pm  / Sat. 9am-6pm

Center Director: Ms. Tia D. Montigue

Rotunda Recreation & Wellness Center
75 Clifton Avenue
(973) 733-3677
Tues. - Fri. 11am-8pm  / Sat. 9am-6pm

Center Director: Mr. Arthur Johnson, III 

Bradley Court Housing Complex
50 - 74 North Munn Avenue
(973) 733-6454
Mon. - Fri.    2pm - 8pm
Center Director: Mr. Andre Robinson

Hyatt Court Housing Complex
56-72 Hawkins Street (Horatio Court)
(973) 733-6454
Mon. - Fri.   12pm - 8pm
Center Director: Mr. Karriem Davis

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"A Message from the Mayor"
             “Our children are often surrounded by centers of negativity in their communities every day, so we have to wrap our arms around them and give them hope,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “Each Center of Hope is designed to give our children positivity and counter the negative factors that they witness. This Center will embrace our children with special needs. This will also be a site for Municipal IDs, which are so vital to the community. We are working to make Newark a city we can all believe in,” said Mayor Baraka. This Division provides comprehensive recreational and cultural activities for the citizens of Newark. The Centers of Hope strive to be the leader in promoting community health and well-being through fun, higher learning, progressive and memorable experiences and activities for everyone. This Division identifies and implements activities and programs that will reinforce success oriented, character building attributes.
Visit a Center of Hope near you!!!

Hayes Park West
179 Boyd Street
Newark, New Jersey 07108
(973) 733-3959
Center Director: Cerenthia McElroy
Girls Loving Ourselves Worldwide is a free 7-week enrichment program designed exclusively for girls ages 7 - 13. The program will teach the young ladies the importance of self-love, teamwork, academics, physical fitness, arts/crafts and    so much more. SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!
Pennington Court Housing Complex
190 South Street
Newark, New Jersey 07105
(973) 619-9001
Center Director: Shelisa Earp
Spread the Word!!! Help get a senior citizen in your family or neighborhood out of the house for some mental and physical exercise and age-appropriate activities.
Leaders for Life
80 Clinton Place
Newark, New Jersey 07112
(973) 856-6289
Center Director: Altarik White
The Leaders for Life Mentoring Program is a one on one program designed to develop middle school (ages 11-14) males from the urban community into future leaders committed to excellence in character, service and academic excellence.‍
Vince Lombardi Center
201 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07104
(973) 482-5439
Center Director: Hazel Digiovine
The Clubhouse
205 Spruce Street
Newark, New Jersey 07108
Program Director: Fahkir Spence
Academic Program for youth ages 7-17 called "The FAK 2.0 Program"
Marion Bolden Center
230 Broadway Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07104
(973) 412-1910
Center Director: Ms. Sarah Cruz
S.T.E.A.M. Programs are our pathway to success!!!
2018 College & Career Summit preparing our scholars for the future.
West Side Park
600 South 17th Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103
(973) 373-7802
Center Director: Candace Pickering

Senior Services

The Division of Senior Services provides social services and referral services  to seniors throughout the City of Newark including but not limited to, financial, health, nutrition, transportation, protective services and recreational services.

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Recreational Permit

All permits and licenses sold by the Newark Watershed will be available to purchase online or in the West Milford or Newark offices at our Kiosks with a credit card (Master Card and Visa only), and money order or cashier’s check. Cash will no longer be accepted.

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Residential Concerns and Issues

In the winter months minor problems or inconveniences can become life threatening. Please be aware of the dangers and take actions to ensure your safety. Many issues can all be reported to the 4311 system who will report to the department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services to ensure that the proper actions are taken. Some examples are: Lack of heat and/or hot water burst pipes and sewage no running water if a building needs to be boarded and secured or an illegal housing conversion.

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