City Parks Foundation Kicks-Off Free Summer Sports Programs for NYC Youth

CITY PARKS FOUNDATION KICKS-OFF FREE SUMMER SPORTS PROGRAMS FOR NYC YOUTH

Programs include Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field and Multi-Sport/Fitness Instruction in NYC Parks

Registration still open for programs in 11 Bronx Parks 

New York, NY — City Parks Foundation this week kicked off its 2017 Summer Sports Program for young people in parks throughout New York City. The program concludes mid-to-late August, depending on the sport. City Parks Foundation provides over 12,000 New York City children free tennis, golf, soccer, track & field, and fitness instruction including free use of equipment in nearly 60 locations citywide. Online registration is still open for most programs and locations citywide, unless otherwise noted. Participants should visit www.CityParksFoundation.org to register in advance.

BNP Paribas is the presenting sponsor of CityParks Tennis. The LACOSTE FOUNDATION is also a sponsor of the program. CityParks Tennis provides free tennis lessons to children, ages six to 17, in 38 parks throughout the five boroughs. The program, one of the largest free municipal tennis programs in the United States, makes tennis instruction freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Lessons for kids are offered at all skill levels. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. CityParks Tennis runs through August 21st and concludes with a fun tournament for beginners held at the Central Park Tennis Center and the BNP Paribas Aces Tournament for intermediates held at Flushing Meadows Park in mid-August.

CityParks Golf presented by LACOSTE Foundation makes it fun and easy for boys and girls, ages six to 17, to learn to play golf in their own neighborhood. Free lessons are held twice a week in 11 public parks and include use of equipment. The program teaches kids the basics of the sport, and helps them develop self-esteem, discipline and sportsmanship. Dedicated players can ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy – specialized programs available at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that also offers programming for beginners. CityParks Golf will be held in two 4-week sessions, running from July 5th through July 28th and from July 31st through August 25th.

CityParks Track & Field, held in 13 parks citywide, gives New York City kids, ages 5 to 17, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. All participating youngsters have the opportunity to display the basic skills learned at the end of the season at an organized track meet held at Icahn Stadium, the world class sports complex on Randall’s Island, on August 9th.

CityParks Soccer, presented in partnership with the New York City Football Club (NYCFC)brings free youth soccer programming to 10 parks across the five boroughs. The program will run for five weeks beginning July 5th, with twice-weekly sessions for youth ages 8-12., Participants will receive instructional tips and training from NYCFC and City Parks Foundation coaches before they are organized into teams for fun, “pick-up” style games.

Get Up and Go, presented in partnership with New York Road Runners, is an educational, multi-sport youth fitness program to be held twice weekly in 9 parks and playgrounds across the city, helping children ages 6-11 stay active this summer. Aerobic activities will include obstacle courses and relay races, as well as fun team games such as soccer and ultimate frisbee. The program will also introduce concepts such as goal setting and good sportsmanship. Get Up and Go will run July 5th through August 11th and is supported by New York Road Runners.

This July and August, City Parks Foundation will also host Family Adventure Races in five locations — one park in each borough. Supported by New York Road Runners, these summer-favorite adventure races provide a healthy one hour dose of fun for family teams on weekend mornings. The timed races take place on an obstacle course featuring 12 activity stations, such as javelin throw, jump rope, hurdles, mini climbing wall and more. Team members must find each station and perform the required exercise together before advancing to the next station and a final dash to the finish line. Awards are given to all who participate, with special recognition to the top 3 finishers.

For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s 2017 kids programs, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org.

BNP Paribas is the presenting sponsor of CityParks Tennis and LACOSTE is the Official Apparel Sponsor. CityParks Golf is presented by LACOSTE Foundation. Get Up & Go Fitness and the Family Adventure Races are supported by New York Road Runners. CityParks Soccer is supported by NYCFC. Generous private support is provided by the Fondation Lacoste, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, BNP Paribas,The Thompson Family Foundation, The George and Valerie Delacorte Fund, the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, 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.

About City Parks Foundation
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At CPF, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.

City Parks Foundation’s 2017 Sports Schedule For BRONX Parks
For the complete schedule for all 5 boroughs click HERE

CityParks Tennis presented by BNP Paribas
July 5 – August 21, 2017

Haffen Park
Hammersley, Ely, & Gunther Aves.
Monday/Wednesday, 1 PM – 4 PM

Mill Pond Park
Gateway Center Blvd. (Exterior Street) & E. 150th Street
Monday/Wednesday, 1 PM – 4 PM

Pelham Bay Park
Bruckner Blvd. & Middleton Rd.
Tuesday/Thursday, 1 PM – 4 PM

St. James Park
Jerome Ave. & E. 193rd St.
Tuesday/Thursday, 1 PM – 4 PM

St. Mary’s Park
E. 145th St. & St. Ann’s Ave.
Monday/Wednesday, 1 PM – 4 PM

Van Cortlandt Park, Stadium
W. 242nd St. & Broadway
Tuesday/Thursday, 9 AM – 12 PM
Monday/Wednesday, 9 AM – 12 PM (Intermediate)

Williamsbridge Oval
E. 208th St. & Bainbridge Ave.
Monday/Wednesday, 9 AM – 12 PM

Woodlawn Park
W. 233rd St. & Jerome Ave.
Tuesday/Thursday, 9 AM – 12 PM

CityParks Track & Field
July 5 – August 9, 2017

Macombs Dam Park
E. 161st St. & Jerome Ave.
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (5-8 year olds) 10:30 AM – 12 PM (9-17 year olds)

Pelham Bay Park
Bruckner Blvd. & Middleton Rd.
Monday/Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (5-8 year olds) 10:30 AM – 12 PM (9-17 year olds)

Williamsbridge Oval
E. 208th St. & Bainbridge Ave.
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (5-8 year olds) 10:30 AM – 12 PM (9-17 year olds)

CityParks Golf presented by René Lacoste Foundation
Session One: July 5 – July 28, 2017
Session Two: July 31 – August 25, 2017
Online pre-registration required

Crotona Park (Open Field South of Cary Leeds Tennis Center)
1720 Crotona Ave.
Monday/Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (6-8 year olds) 10:30 AM – 12 PM (9-17 year olds)

Hunts Point Recreation Center (Julio Carballo Field)
Manida St, bet. Spofford Ave. & Lafayette Ave.
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (6-8 year olds) 10:30 AM – 12 PM (9-17 year olds)

CityParks Soccer
July 5 – August 11, 2017
Ages 8-12, unless otherwise noted

Hunts Point Recreation Center
Manida St, bet. Spofford Ave. & Lafayette Ave.
Monday/Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

St. James Park
Jerome Ave. & E. 193rd
Tuesday/Thursday,  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Get Up and Go
July 5 – August 11, 2017
Ages 9-11: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Ages 6-8: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Macombs Dam Park
E. 161st St. & Jerome Ave.
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (9-11 year olds) 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (6-8 year olds)

St. James Park
Jerome Ave. & E. 193rd
Monday/Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (9-11 year olds) 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (6-8 year olds)

Print Friendly
Share this Article: