Go Park! Go Gyms!
Did you resolve to get in shape in 2014? Join the network of NYC Parks recreation centers for year-round access to indoor pools, sports programs, fitness classes, dance instruction, martial arts lessons and much more. Membership gives you access to more than 30 gyms throughout the city.
Memberships are low-cost: young adult and senior memberships are only $25 per year, and adult memberships can be as little as $50 for six months.
Here's a taste of some of the newest programs added to our recreation centers in 2014, starting with an amazing place to work out and socialize right in your own backyard:
Bronx: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center recently underwent a $5.2 million renovation, and we're offering new classes to match. Try Ryan’s Rolling Rally spin class, In & Out 30 Minute Workouts, or Breathing and Meditation. Bring your children to The Oval Youth Art Club, Youth Yoga or – for toddlers – the Tiny Prints Toddler Program.
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East
Bronx, NY 10467
Brooklyn: St. John’s Recreation Center has it all, including a swimming pool, gymnasium and a full schedule of fitness programs. Heighten your endurance in a variety of cardio classes: Core, Cardio and Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing or Cardio Jump Rope. Increase your awareness in Beginner Yoga or Tai Chi. Spin the pounds away in Indoor Cycling classes.
St. John’s Recreation Center
1251 Prospect Place
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Manhattan: Chelsea Recreation Center has plenty of evening classes, perfect for a 9 to 5 schedule. Complete Conditioning, Spin and Zumba are all good evening workouts. Change it up with fun fitness options like Hip-Hop & Abs or FitBALL. Seniors will love senior art classes, senior yoga and senior chair aerobics. Families can shuffle their boots in Family Line Dance.
Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
(Between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
Queens: Sorrentino Recreation Center is located in Far Rockaway at Cornaga Avenue and Beach 19th Street. The center provides fun fitness opportunities for the whole family. Dance classes are offered for all ages, including for toddlers, older children, teens and adults. Enroll your child in tap and ballet classes, free with youth Recreation Center membership. Get your heart pumping with adult dance classes like Afro-funk fitness, jazz dance and ballet.
Sorrentino Recreation Center is named in honor of Robert Sorrentino (1944-1980), a police officer with the 101st precinct who was killed in the line of duty on April 24, 1980. It has served people of all ages for decades, and is accessible to people with disabilities. Membership at Sorrentino -- or any NYC Parks Recreation Center -- entitles you to membership at a network of NYC Parks Recreation Centers throughout the city.
Sorrentino Recreation Center
18-48 Cornaga Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Staten Island: Greenbelt Recreation Center has many fitness options to vary your workout, like Tabata Fusion, Core and More and Jump Into It, a jump rope class. Teens have fun Game Nights, Teen Jump Into It, and Ragin’ Stations, a gauntlet fitness class.
Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue (across from Sea View Hospital)
Staten Island, NY 10314
To find out how to join, visit our website at www.nyc.gov/parks and search Recreation Centers. Go Park! Go Gyms!
Submitted by Stephanie Jones
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