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.
2. Wheelchair Basketball
Manhattan and Queens, and is open to all abilities.
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.
4. Olympic Weightlifting
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 Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays. Check the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center schedule for meeting times.
5. Roller Skating
Learn some new moves and find your groove at our skate aerobics class in Sunset Park on Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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, Youth and Teen Skate Night takes place every Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Adult Skate Night takes place on the first friday of the month from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
6. Adult Pickleball
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.
7. Aquatic Fitness
The center offers adult Water Aerobics, Aqua Zumba, and Water Running instructor-led classes at its indoor pool.
8. Synchronized Swimming
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 at our indoor pool. The team meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
9. Urban Adventures Training
Kids learn knot-tying and mountaineering techniques through indoor climbing challenges and ropes courses that encourage team-building skills. New classes start late April. Please contact the center for more information.
10. Double Dutch
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! Teens can join the Pepper Steppers on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kids meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
11. Figure Skating
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.
12. Track and Field
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.
13. Tai Chi
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. Join this free class on Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
14. Water Polo
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 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.