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 Lucinda McLaughlin, Director

The Jersey City Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Development is led by Director Lucinda McLaughlin and staffed with individuals who are committed to keeping our City's youth engaged and active.

The department has adapted all programs to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines and is proud to continue to offer outdoor recreational sports programs, outdoor music programs and indoor swimming at Pershing Pool. Additionally, all athletic fields and playgrounds are open throughout the City.

The department is responsible for maintenance of City parks.

Please check out all programs available for registration at


Pershing Ice Rink

After decades of countless repairs and various attempts to fix the 20-30 year old equipment, it is unfortunate that we are forced to close the Pershing Ice Rink for the remaining winter months in light of significant safety concerns. Jersey City is committed to replacing the failed equipment where repairs are not feasible and will simultaneously address much-needed renovations to the roof and locker rooms. We understand how much the rink means to the community, which is why we are committed to making the necessary updates to bring it back to full operations for the 2023-2024 winter season.

Looking for a place to skate in the meantime?

  • Newport Skates, 95 River Drive South, Jersey City
  • Rich Korpi Ice Rink, W. 29th Street, Bayonne
  • Town of Secaucus Ice Rink, 150 Plaza Center, Secaucus
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Ages 7 - 14 

Ages 5 - 14

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The Department operates three pools and one ice/roller rink:

  • Pershing indoor pool open year-round
  • Pavonia/Marion Community Pool open  to Jersey City residents with ID (closed for the season)
  • Johnston/Lafayette Aquatic Center open  to Jersey City residents with ID (closed for the season)

Division of Enrichment
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The Division of Enrichment offers engaging programs and activities for City youth that extend beyond the typical school day. Program offerings are designed to support youth in their academics while fostering their social and emotional needs with a goal of helping today's youth develop into civic-minded leaders. By focusing on their strengths and helping them build positive relationships, our youth will be able to leave a positive impact on our community.

The Division oversees and implements the Department’s summer camps, hiring and professional development for the City’s Summer youth employment and internship programs, and meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth.


Special Needs Program

From soccer to golf to summer camp, the Jersey City Department of Recreation offers a variety of programs for residents with special needs. The programs look to provide participants with opportunities to socialize with their peers, interact with the community, while engaging in fun-filled recreational activities.


   How to setup a RecDesk account on Community


Rec Desk is a unique and effective online tool the Recreation Department utilizes to allow residents to search and register for recreational programs citywide.  Click here to get active.

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