Garden City Recreation and Parks News

GC Pool now hiring lifeguards for summer

Lifeguards are needed for the upcoming Garden City Recreation and Parks Pool Season. If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard at the Garden City Pool, please contact Steve Espey, Recreation Supervisor, at 516-483-2525 between the hours of 10:30 and 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday to set up an interview.

Family Fun Time on Sundays

On Sunday afternoons beginning January 22, St. Paul’s Field House will be open for “Family Fun” for Village families.  This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment.  The gym will be available for use from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday until March 12.

This time is designated for family time only.  No organized practices or workouts will be allowed.  Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program.  We ask the elementary aged children be accompanied by an adult.  For the safety of our users, no lacrosse or baseball equipment, or any other sport involving stick equipment will be allowed.

Winter Pastel Art Class for Adults

Registration has opened for our Winter session of adult Pastel Art Class is Cluett Hall.  This program is open to adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City and will be run by local artist Arleen Urban.  The class will meet for ten weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 am beginning Friday, February 10 in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.  The cost of this program is $140.

To register for this program, please visit the Garden City Recreation and Parks’ Administrative Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or if you have a password, you can register online at

For further information, call the Recreation and Parks Office at 465-4075.

Imagine Arts Academy After School Program

Recreation and Parks has joined with Mad Science to offer the following after school program in Art in the cottages at St.  Paul’s.  This program is open to Garden City residents in grades k to 5.

Crayola® Around the World through Art! is a program where participants discover far off places and learn about the people who live there through the world of art. They will experiment with different techniques and use Crayola® art materials to express their ideas.  They design a unique, artist inspired creation in each class.

This six week class will be held from 4 to 5 pm on Mondays beginning Monday, January 23.  The fee for this six week program will be $170, checks only made payable to LI Steam Group.  To register, please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

Mad Science Program coming to GC Recreation

Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to again offer a Mad Science Of LI After School Enrichment Program on Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm beginning Thursday, January 26.

This six week program is open to GC residents in grades K to 4.  The cost of this weekly program is $170 per student (Includes all materials & take-homes).  Each week will cover a variety of different topic such as “Under Pressure”, “Fantastic Flyers”, and “Super Structures”.    

To register, please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.  Space is limited. Checks only please, made payable to LI Steam Group.

Tots Storytime and Arts and Crafts Program

Garden City Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce the start of a new Tots Storytime/Arts and Crafts session.  This 7 week winter session will be held on Thursday mornings at 10:00am-10:45am in St. Paul’s cottage #1 facing Rockaway Avenue and is open to Garden City residents ages 2 and 3 years of age and a caregiver.                Each 45 minute class will cover a theme with short stories and crafts.  Themes covered will be Winter, Snow, Polar Bears, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and more!  Class will be taught by Recreation Supervisor, Andrea Genna.  The session will begin Thursday, January 19th and run until March 9th.  The price for the session is $60.

*Please note-the participant must be the age by the start of the class.

To register for this class, please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue, or if you have a password you can register online at

“Chess Wizards” is coming back as an afterschool program

Garden City Recreation and Parks has again partnered with the very popular “Chess Wizards” to offer after school programs for Garden City children in grades 1 to 5 who want to learn the game of chess!  Chess Wizards is a fun way to have kids experience the excitement of chess.

Kids will play in mini tournaments, have interactive lessons with chess pros and play cool chess variants like bug house. It is proven that chess enhances cognitive development in children, improves both verbal and mathematical skills, and increases all levels of academic performance! Playing chess stimulates the mind and helps children strengthen skills such as focusing, visualizing goals, abstract thinking, and forming concrete opinions.

This eight week class will be held from 4 to 5 pm on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, January 31 and will cost $193.  Instructors (who are called “Wizards”) provide all the materials necessary for your child to participate in the class. Come join the fun!

To register for this class, please visit Chess Wizards’ website at

Recreation Pickleball News

Beginning the week of January 22, Recreation and Parks will add a Sunday morning and a Thursday afternoon session of pickleball.  The schedule will be as follows:

• Sundays – 9:30 to 11:30 am beginning January 22

• Thursdays – 3:15 to 5:45 pm beginning January 26

The above sessions will run through the end of March and then be evaluated for participation.

We will continue to run pickleball from 9:30 to noon, Tuesdays through Fridays. 

All sessions will be open to residents only and will allow continuous round robin use during that session.  No group may reserve a court and play on their own. The cost per session will be $6.00 daily or with a pass, $5.00.

Did you know that Hemlock and Edgemere Parks both have pickleball courts?  Residents are invited to use the courts and nets, paddles and balls must be brought by the players.

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