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Virtual Summer Camp Starts Monday, July 13th!

We are excited that the 2020 Virtual Summer Camp launches this Monday! Register here now!

Also, we really need your help! In order to live stream from our smartphones, we need to have 1,000 YouTube subscribers on our YouTube Channel. You can help by going to our YouTube Channel right now and clicking on the Subscribe button. Thanks!

For exclusive content, make sure to register for the Virtual Summer Day Camp/Playground program on CommunityPass or by calling (908) 474-8600. With any questions, always feel free to contact Angelo Monaco, our Day Camp Playground Coordinator.

Summer Concert Series

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that the City of Linden Summer Concert Series began on Tuesday, July 7!

The concerts are held at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, 400 North Wood Ave. For a complete concert schedule, click here. The concerts are free and open to Linden residents only. For a list of concert guidelines, click hereRegistration is required for each individual attending, and must be done on or before 4pm the day of the concert. Registration can be done online by clicking here or call 908-474-8600. Bring Photo ID to check in concert night. In the event of inclement weather call 908-474-8604 after 4pm on the day of concert.

The Linden Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Mayor Derek Armstead, Linden City Council, Linden Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Public Property. For more information, email us here or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 908-474-8600. The Parks & Recreation office is located on the second floor at 605 South Wood Avenue.

For a downloadable copy of the press release about the summer concert series, click here.

City of Linden Summer Concert Series Begins Tuesday, July 7th

We are excited to announce that the City of Linden Summer Concert Series will begin on Tuesday, July 7th. For a complete concert schedule, click here. While we are looking forward to having the concerts, this summer will be very different than previous years due to COVID-19. There are several NJ Department of Health Guidelines and State Executive Orders that we are required to adhere to in order to have the concerts. Some of these restrictions and guidance include;

  1. Limited capacity per concert.
  2. Check in by 7:45pm or we reserve the right to cancel your reservation.
  3. Registration is required for EACH INDIVIDUAL ATTENDING and must be done by 4:00pm the day of the concert. LINDEN RESIDENTS ONLY. Registration can be done through Community Pass by clicking here, or by calling 908-474-8600. Bring Photo ID to check in.
  4. Face Coverings must be worn upon entering the Promenade, utilizing restrooms and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  5. Social Distancing throughout the Promenade will be required and encouraged throughout the park by our staff.
  6. NO DANCING ALLOWED.
  7. Restroom occupancy will be monitored throughout the concert by an attendant to encourage social distancing.
  8. Cleaning and disinfecting high touch areas will be maintained frequently throughout the concert.
  9. Patrons are encouraged to wash hands frequently and utilize hand sanitizer provided throughout the Promenade.
  10. Patrons who have symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT come to the concert.
  11. All other rules and regulations normally enforced at the Promenade still remain intact including No Alcohol permitted.
  12.  The City of Linden has developed the required COVID-19 Operation Prevention Plan that complies pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order.
  13. Patrons that do not comply with the Governor’s Executive Order pertaining to attending the concert will be removed from the Promenade.
  14. Due to the ongoing and changing nature of COVID-19, the City of Linden reserves the right to modify the concert schedule, regulations and amenities daily in regards to public health.
  15. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By coming to the concert, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
  16. IN CASE OF RAIN THE CONCERT WILL BE CANCELLED. Call 908-474-8604 after 4:00pm.  

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 908-474-8600. We look forward to seeing you!!

2020 Summer Day Camp/Playground Program Cancelled – Virtual Summer Program Details Forthcoming

To the Linden Community:

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that at last night’s City Council Meeting, it was announced that the 2020 Summer Day Camp/Playground Program will be cancelled. We had every intent to open this summer. We waited to receive the Governor’s Office Youth Summer Camp Standards. Upon review of the standards, which were released last week, we determined that it would have been extremely difficult to comply and provide a safe environment for our youth, families, staff, and community at-large.

Knowing that our youth have not attended school since mid-March, we were aware of the importance of the program in addressing their social and emotional needs. We were also aware that this program was vital to provide childcare for working families. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused any families that relied on us for childcare and for our youth that were highly anticipating another summer with their favorite counselors. With this being said, we are planning a virtual summer program. Details will be forthcoming.

For those families that registered for the Summer Day Camp Program, an email will be sent from the Department of Parks and Recreation with instructions for receiving a full refund. Again, we are sorry that an in-person program will not occur for Summer 2020, and we will do everything that we can to come back stronger than ever for Summer 2021. As always, we thank you for trusting us with your children.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,
Ralph Dunhamn
Director of Parks and Recreation

Click here to view and/or download the original letter with this content.

Courtesy Senior Packet

Since March 17, 2020, all City of Linden buildings have been closed to the public due to COVID-19. Our Linden Department of Parks and Recreation wanted to keep our seniors updated with information regarding recreational indoor activities and nutritional facts. Each active John T. Gregorio Recreation Center member was provided with a packet of fun activities and useful literature to read and enjoy during the worldwide pandemic. Pictured here is Elouise Orange, a happy senior from the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center gives us the thumbs up once she received her senior courtesy packet. Click here for the official press release from the City of Linden.

Courtesy Packet to our Special Needs Bowling Program Participants

Since March, our Special Needs Bowling program has been closed due to COVID-19. Our Linden Department of Parks and Recreation wanted to keep our participants updated since their program was cancelled early. Each participant was provided with a packet of fun activities, indoor recreational activities, and useful literature to enjoy during the worldwide pandemic. Click here to see Karyn Griffin, a Linden bowling participant from our Special Needs Bowling program displays her appreciation in receiving her courtesy packet. Click here for the official press release from the City of Linden.

Linden Emergency Response System

As we continue to follow the CDC COVID-19 guidelines and sheltering in place, Linden Department of Parks and Recreation wanted to inform Linden elderly, handicapped, disabled and residents who live alone that we offer the Linden Emergency Response System (LERS), which is a an around the clock monitoring system for any medical emergency. It acts as an electronic guardian for instant communication in emergency situations.

For a nominal monthly monitoring fee, this program provides the recipient and the family peace of mind knowing that help is on the way within minutes with just the press of a button. Any Linden resident interested in the program can call the John T. Gregorio Center at (908) 474-8627, Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm. For more information, click here.

Linden Parks and Recreation has put together a list of different activities and resources for families to utilize during COVID-19.

Visit parks, museums have all sorts of virtual adventures and do fun and interesting activities right from home.

Parks

Aquariums

Virtual Reality & 360 Degree Fun

Museums

Zoos

Projects, Great Reading, Activities, Other Live Cams & More