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Parks & Recreation

Kids to Parks Day

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce Kids to Parks Day! Come and join the free, fun-filled day of outdoor play and events for your family!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • Who: For ages Pre-K through eighth grade.
  • What: A fun-filled day of family friendly outdoor play and events. Come and enjoy: carnival games, inflatables, fishing, live entertainment, free haircuts, caricature artists, inflatable/keepsake balloon designs, and more! Remember to bring your fishing pole and a chair!
  • When: Saturday, May 18, from 11am until 3pm.
    • Rain Date: Sunday, May 19, from 11am until 3pm.
  • WhereWilson Park, which is located at 1100 Summit Terrace.
  • How: With questions, please call the Department of Parks & Recreation at 908-474-8639 or 908-474-8600.

2024 Linden Tigers Summer Bowling Camp

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Summer Bowling Camp, with Linden High School bowling coach James Orth.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: Residents in Grades 6 through 12.
  • What: 2024 Linden Tigers Summer Bowling Camp, with Linden High School bowling coach James Orth. Goals: Skill development and feedback, strategy and tactics for improving, team building and camaraderie competition preparation, game awareness, and enjoyment of the sport!
  • Where: Jersey Lanes, which is located at 30 Park Avenue.
  • When: Tuesday July 16 and 23, and Thursday July 18 and 25, from 10am until 12pm.
  • How: Limited spots available. To view full camp description and register online, click here. For more information, email here or call (908) 474-8600. In-person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center, 330 Helen Street or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John Street. Online registration is available 24/7.

Self-Defense Class

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer a self-defense class hosted by the Linden Police Department. The self-defense community event taught by certified instructors will provide our residents the opportunity to learn essential standing and ground skills to stay safe and confident.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • Who: Ages 18 through 49.
  • What: Self-defense class hosted by the Linden Police Department and taught by certified instructors. Participants will learn essential standing and ground skills to stay safe and confident.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Monday, May 20, 2024 from 6pm until 8pm.
  • How: To register online click here, or call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-474-8600. Free for Members. Non-Member fee is $6.

9th Annual Juneteenth Afro House Music Festival: An All White Affair

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation invite you to attend the 9th Annual Juneteenth Afro House Music Festival: An All White Affair! Come and enjoy two sound stages with live performances, guest DJ’s, cultural food trucks and fun. Dance in Diversity. Unite in Rhythm.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: A Juneteenth Celebration. An Afro House Music Festival: An All White Affair, hosted by Tamia FamilySoul with MC. Ras Anthony. Come and enjoy two sound stages with live performances, guest DJ’s, cultural food trucks and fun. Dance in Diversity. Unite in Rhythm.
    • Sound Stage One performances by Sarah Devine and Ed Ramsey, Timmy Regisford, Zion, Jus the DJ, and Patti Kane.
    • Sound Stage Two performances by Zandy Shejay, Mac G, Tira Dlala Takzin, Sol Phenduka, Dladla Mshunqisi, Afro House Shisanyama Experience Ampiano, and Afro Beats.
  • Where: 301 North Wood Avenue, between Elm Street and Elizabeth Avenue.
  • When: Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 12pm to 9pm.
    • Rain Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 12pm to 9pm.
  • How: Free admission. Come dressed in white.

Haitian Heritage Month Celebration & Flag Raising Ceremony

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Linden Public Schools cordially invite you to attend the Haitian Heritage Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony. Come experience a taste of Haiti, Sa Se Lakay! This event will feature singers, dancers, comedians, culture, food vendors, raffles and more! The City of Linden will be hosting celebrations throughout the month.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Haitian Heritage Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony, hosted by Black Krytik Show. Gospel Artist Jean Claude Jean will sing the Haitian National Anthem. Come and enjoy culture, food vendors, music by DJ Fabulous Faby, special guest speakers from our Haitian community and the Linden Board of Education, awards and special acknowledgements, performances by Linden Public School students, Epic Youth of East Orange, and more!
  • Where: Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, which is located at 400 North Wood Avenue.
  • When: Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 4pm until 7pm.

Creative Aging Workshop Series – Tell Your Story

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer the Creative Aging Workshop Series “Tell Your Story.” The Workshop will be led by Judy England McCarthy, professional storyteller and workshop facilitator. The Creative Aging Workshop Series was made possible by the Creative Aging Grant from the State of New Jersey’s Council of the Arts, and the City of the Linden. Only thirty cities/towns were selected to receive this grant. This eight-part free program will focus on assisting our seniors to access their personal stories or memoirs. The Workshop will culminate with participants sharing some of these stories in front of family and friends. The optional performance will be recorded and made available to all those who participate. All materials will be supplied and each session will be 90-minutes long allowing plenty of time for inquiry, writing, storytelling and discussion.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer and press-release for this workshop.

  • Who: For seniors.
  • What: Eight-part workshop that will focus on assisting our seniors to access their personal stories or memoirs. It will culminate in participants sharing some of these stories in front of family and friends. Their performance (optional) will be recorded and made available to all those who participate. All materials will be supplied, and each session will be 90-minutes long allowing plenty of time for inquiry, writing, storytelling, and discussion.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center (JTG), which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: 1:15pm until 2:45pm
    • May 14, May 16, May 23 and May 30.
    • June 6, June 13, June 18 and June 20.
  • How: Free program To sign-up, contact the Linden Department of Parks and Recreation at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street), or call 908-474-8600. Sign-up early, limited registration. Any materials needed will be supplied.

Sewing Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer youth and adult sewing programs.

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  • Who: Youth program for 8 through 12 years old. Adult program for ages 18 and up.
  • What: Youth and adult sewing programs. Sewing machines are provided for use by participants.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When:
    • Youth Program: Fridays, from 5:15pm until 6:45pm on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 and June 7 and 14
    • Adult Program: Fridays, from 7pm until 8:30pm on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28.
  • How: $35 fee for youth program. $50 fee for adult program. Sewing machines are provided for use by participants. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, email here or call (908) 474-8600. In-person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center, 330 Helen Street or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John Street. Online registration is available 24/7.

Youth Arts & Crafts

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Youth Arts & Crafts.

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  • Who: Ages 6 and up.
  • What: Have your child enjoy a free art-filled program! Each session will be focused on unique and enjoyable crafts. Let their creativity blossom.
  • Where: Linden Multi-Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: April through June on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 3:30pm until 5pm.
    • April 11 and 25.
    • May 9 and 23.
    • June 6 and 20.
  • How: Free program. For more information, call the Recreation department at 908-474-8639.

Beginners Woodshop Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer a beginners Woodshop Program.

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  • Who: Children must be between the ages of 6 through 12 to participate.
  • What: Beginners Woodshop Program. The instructor will guide participants through a step-by-step course on creating an animal puzzle!
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Tuesdays, April 2 though April 30, from 6pm until 8pm.
  • How: Fee for the program is $25. Click here to register. If you have any questions or are a first time registrant, please call 908-474-8600.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Mixed Martial Arts, a six (6) week youth program.

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  • Who: Ages 5 through 10.
  • What: Mixed Martial Arts, an effective form of self defense. Marital Arts is an art form that tests not only physical strength and endurance, but mental perseverance, determination and patience. This is all through a positive attitude, discipline, and respect towards others and ourselves. Additional techniques will be added.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Six week program. Every Wednesday, beginning April 3 through May 8, from 5:45pm until 7pm.
  • How: Program cost is $50. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, call the Department of Parks & Recreation at 908-474-8600. In-person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street), or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration is available 24/7.