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14 Surprising Indoor Sports That You Can Play with an NYC Parks Membership

We all love basketball, handball, and track, but some of our recreation centers are home to new, exciting, and unique sports that you can't find anywhere else! Take a look at some of our favorite sports to get more from your recreation center membership.


1. Cheerleading

SBK Cheerleading squad

St. Mary's Recreation Center

Join the SBK Cheerleading squad! Practice your best cheer and "bring it on" at local shows. The program is open to boys and girls ages five to 17. Tryouts will be held in September.


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2. Wheelchair Basketball

People playing wheelchair basketball

West Bronx Recreation Center

Learn to how to play wheelchair basketball or scrimmage with the teams! The teams meet on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This program also offered in other recreation centers in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, and is open to all abilities.

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3. Jianzi

People playing Jianzi

Al Oerter Recreation Center

Jianzi is a traditional Chinese sport. Similar to hacky sack, the goal of a Jianzi game is to keep a heavily-weighted birdie of the ground for as long as possible using your body but not your hands. Try it out at Al Oerter Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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4. Olympic Weightlifting

Guy lifting weight

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

Adults are welcome to come train with our fellow athletes in this program that has been around for more than 20 years. The team competes locally—some of our members have competed regionally! Training takes place on Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays. Check the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center schedule for meeting times.

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5. Roller Skating

People rollerskating

St. John's Recreation Center and Brownsville Recreation Center

Learn some new moves and find your groove at our  skate aerobics class at St. John's Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., then show off your skills and challenge your friends to a skate off at our Friday night roller skating parties in Brownsville! At Brownsville Recreation Center, after-school skate takes place every Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Adult Skate Night takes place on Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

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6. Adult Pickleball

Person playing pickleball

Roy Wilkins Recreation Center

Pickleball is a hodgepodge of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong—the game is played with a paddle, as in ping-pong, on a half-court as in badminton. Players use their paddles to hit white, plastic balls over a tennis net in the middle of the court to the other team. You can play pickleball at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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7. Aquatic Fitness

People doing aquatic exercise in an indoor pool

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

The center offers adult Water Aerobics and Aqua Zumba instructor-led classes at its indoor pool. These modified classes helps keep you fit while being easy on your joints.

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8. Synchronized Swimming

People synchronized swimming

Hansborough Recreation Center

Synchronized swimming is not just for the Olympics; we’ve got it in Harlem, too! Join the Honeys and Bears’ acclaimed swimming group for adults and seniors, as well as kids and teens, at the center's indoor pool. The adult team meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The youth team meets on Fridays from 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.  

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9. Adult Indoor Cycling

Kid on zip line

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

This intense cardio workout caters to participants of all fitness levels. Our trained instructors will lead you through a challenging series of courses to maximize your caloric burn. The class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Saturdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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10. Double Dutch

Girls doing double dutch

Sorrentino Recreation Center

Whether you’re looking to learn or compete, head to this center in the Rockaways to practice and have fun with NYC’s best—an award-winning program that’s more than 25 years old! Double dutch classes meet on Tuesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

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11. Figure Skating

Girl figures kating

Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool and Rink

The World Ice Arena is a year-round, indoor ice skating rink that hosts figure skating lessons, as well as hockey clinics and learn to skate lessons. Through the figure skating program, you can perform in shows and competitions. 

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12. Track and Field

Woman long jumping

Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex

This year-round athletic complex by the beach features an indoor track, places to host shot put, long jump, and high jump competitions, and a weight-training room.

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13. Tai Chi

Greenbelt Recreation Center

Through our free Shape Up NYC program, we’re offering free Tai Chi classes at the recreation center. Tai Chi was originally used to train soldiers. Today, through meditation and movement, Tai Chi offers an opportunity to build on strength, flexibility, and relaxation techniques. Tai Chi for beginners meets on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The intermediate class meets on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

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14. Water Polo

Metropolitan Recreation Center

Water polo has never been more fun. At Met Pool, you can have a splash with your seven-member team and try to get the ball into your opponent's net. Adults and seniors are welcome to play on Saturdays from 2:05 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.  

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