CityParks Play plays a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic sports programming in parks for all New Yorkers. Our programs transform New York’s neighborhood parks into centers for recreation, providing free sports instruction, coaching and equipment to more than 12,000 kids, ages 6 to 17, in nearly 70 locations citywide. We help kids stay active and healthy, discover new sports, and make new friends.
We provide free tennis instruction to thousands of kids ages 6-16 each year in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. Our tennis pros are here to transfer their love of the game, using fun exercises and drills to help teach kids the basics of tennis and discover a sport for life. We have classes for all skill levels, and host weekly competitions and special events for intermediate-level players.
Our golf program makes it fun and easy for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 to learn to play golf for free. We bring golf right into your backyard by transforming local park ball fields into temporary driving ranges and practice greens. Kids who are new to the sport can learn the basic skills of the game, along with strategic thinking and patience. After completing the introductory program, kids are invited to continue to learn and play at local public golf courses and at the CityParks Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn or at the Junior Golf Annex in Queens.
Our Junior Golf Center, located next to the Dyker Beach public golf course in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, offers free instruction and use of equipment for all ability levels, practice time, educational workshops and weekly tournaments. Practice facilities at the Golf Center are open to New York City residents ages 7-17, with levels ranging from Beginner, Intermediate, and Academy level. Free membership includes the use of junior clubs and practice areas, invitations to special golf events, and discounts on equipment.
From sprinting techniques to long-distance racing, javelin-throwing to long jump, hurdles to race-walking, kids will learn the building blocks of track and field.
Soccer is about teamwork, running, and agility. Our program teaches and celebrates all. Our coaches will be joined by those from the NYC Football Club to teach kids how to pass, dribble, and kick through informal play and instruction. At the end of the program, select participants are invited to compete in a one-day tournament.
At City Parks Foundation, our mission is to create vibrant and healthy urban communities for all New Yorkers. Through our kids fitness programs – Get Up & Go, Everyday Play & Family Adventure Races – we activate neighborhood parks with programs for kids & their families. We help New Yorkers stay active, healthy and make new friends.
Come out and get active in your neighborhood park! We welcome New Yorkers 60+ to participate in free tennis lessons, yoga and fitness walking in 16 neighborhood parks across the city. Activities in this six-week program take place twice a week and all equipment is provided.
Generous private support is provided by Foundation Lacoste, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, New York Road Runners, BNP Paribas, The Thompson Family Foundation, The George and Valerie Delacorte Fund, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, the American Seniors Golf Association, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Aviation Development Council, and the Irwin Weiner Foundation. Public support is provided by the New York City Council. In partnership with NYC Parks.