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Parks & Recreation

Thanksgiving Grab & Go 2021

Mayor Derek Armstead, The City of Linden, and The Department of Parks & Recreation’s Thanksgiving Grab and GO Dinner on Saturday November 20,2021 served approximately one hundred people. The staff at the Linden Multipurpose Center prepared, cooked and served a delicious hot meal & dessert to members of the community who attended. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed, volunteered and supported this event. Click here to view the photo gallery from this event.

LMPC Tutoring Program

The Parks & Recreation Department is now offering tutoring at the LMPC.


  • To assist students from elementary to high school who need extra help beyond the classroom.
  • To give more one-on-one and personal time to help students succeed in the classroom.
  • To provide intervention in the form of tutoring and mentoring to address poor or declining student performance before it reaches a point where recovery would be extremely difficult or pose a significant challenge.
  • To provide alternative approaches to conveying concepts for students whose predominant learning styles are not adequately addressed in the classroom.


  • The tutoring program will be held on Mondays from 4pm until 5:30pm in the community room at the Linden Multi-Purpose Center.
  • The tutors are students from Kean University.
  • Tutor and student attendance will be taken every session.
  • The program has started and will be run throughout the school year until final testing begins.
  • This program is free of charge to all Linden resident students.
  • This program will be monitored by recreation leader Rooks Crawford.

Expectations Of Students

  • Participating students commit to attend sessions, to be punctual, reliable and well behaved.
  • Not to miss sessions without notifying the program coordinator well in advance.
  • Students are expected to have their work ready and assignments clearly defined when arriving.
  • For more information contact Rooks Crawford at 908 474 8639.

City of Linden Halloween Events

  • October 18 – October 31 – Scarecrow Creations
    • Made by the Linden Public Schools will be on display in front of City Hall from October 18 through October 31.
  • October 24 (Rain date: October 31) – Halloween Parade – Starts @2pm
    • Parade route 605 S. Wood Avenue to 720 N. Wood Avenue. Reviewing stand in front of Linden City Hall, 301 N. Wood Avenue.
  • October 29 – Harvest Party Curbside Treat Bag – 4pm until 6pm
    • Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John Street
    • Linden Residents Only in grades Pre-K through 12
    • Limited to first 250
    • Pre-Registration required
  • October 31 – Marathon of Past Linden Halloween Parades
    • Watch on Linden TV Channels 36/42
    • Miscellaneous years starting with 1991
    • Saturday, October 23rd from 7:00AM-12:00AM
    • Sunday, October 24th from 7:00AM-12:00AM
    • Saturday, October 30th from 7:00AM-12:00PM
    • Sunday, October 31st from 7:00AM-12:00AM

For more information, email here or call 908-474-8600. The Parks & Recreation office is located at 330 Helen Street.

Adult Zumba Classes

The Department of Parks & Recreation is offering an adult Zumba class for ages 13 and older.

  • When: September 29th through December 8th, from 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Where: John T Gregorio Center
  • How: The fee is $50. Registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class. To view full class descriptions and register online for classes using Community Pass, click here. First time registrants are required to call during business hours to have an account set up.
  • For more information, email here or call 908-474-8600.
  • Click here to view and/or download a copy of the press release from the Parks & Recreation Department.

Halloween Parade

The City of Linden Department of Parks & Recreation and the Halloween Parade Committee announces that they are soliciting schools, individuals, marching bands and organizations to march in the 68th Annual Linden Halloween Parade.

  • When: The parade is scheduled for Sunday October 24th, with a rain date of October 31st. The parade starts at 2pm. Line up for marching units is 1pm.
  • Click here for applications. The deadline to submit an application is October 1st, 2021.
  • For more information, email here or call 908-474-8600.
  • Click here to view and/or download a copy of the press release from the Parks & Recreation Department.

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation Holds Olympics Opening Ceremony

In the spirit of the Olympics, Linden Department of Parks and Recreation held their own Olympics Opening Ceremony on July 20th at Tiger Stadium. Both Summer Day Camp and Playground programs participated. Each site selected a country to represent in the Opening Ceremony. Countries selected were United States, Greece, Australia, Brazil, France, Canada, Cuba, Liberia, and Italy. Each site created a banner to represent their country as they walked across the track to the delight of parents and community members.

Over 100 youth between the ages of 5 and 18 participated in the ensuing track meet. The track meet consisted of several events, including the 55 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Dash, and Softball Throw. All participants received medals for their efforts, and participants who placed earned gold, silver, or bronze medals. All participants and their families had an enjoyable experience, many of which stated that the event was a great opportunity to reconnect with others that they may not have seen since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Summer Day Camp and Playground programs will continue their Summer Olympics theme with the Annual Craft and Talent Show, which will take place on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6pm at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade. The rain date is Thursday, August 5, 2021.

  • To view full program description for day camps and playgrounds, click here.
  • For more information, email us here, or call 908-474-8600.
  • The Parks & Recreation office is located 330 Helen Street.
  • To view and/or download a PDF of this press release, click here.
  • Click here for the full photo gallery from this event.

The 2021 Summer Olympics Day Camp Playground Craft & Talent Show

On Wednesday, August 4th at 6pm, please join Mayor Derek Armstead and the Department of Parks & Recreation for the Linden Summer Olympics Day Camp / Playground Craft and Talent Show at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade!

Rain Date – Thursday, August 5th, 2021 @ 6pm

Girls Basketball Clinic For Linden Girls Ages 7 Through 14

Mayor Derek Armstead, The City of Linden and the Department of Parks & Recreation are proud to offer another quality program. For more information, please call 908-474-8600. The program will be held on August 14th at the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, located at 1025 John Street. This is a free program. Please click here to view, and/or download the informational flyer for this program.