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New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s resolution yet? Here’s how you can start out on the right foot to achieving your goals for 2016.

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Get in shape

Save on pricey gym fees: join a gym at NYC Parks 

We offer memberships for as low as $100/year, and only $25 for young adults and seniors, and free for kids and teens! Members can get access to our 12 indoor pools, free fitness classes, arts and digital technology courses, free swimming programs, and our new indoor track and field centerLearn more about Rec Center Memberships

Join a free fitness class near you 

Jump start your workout routine! Throughout the year, our Shape Up program offer free fitness classes, including yoga, kickboxing, and dance. There are classes in each borough, at community centers and indoors at our parks and rec centers. Find a free Shape Up class near you

Learn something new

Take swimming lessons—Learn to Swim classes for all ages

Do you know how to swim? We offer swimming lessons each season for adults, kids, and toddlers. Classes are held at indoor pools at our rec centers. Our winter session Learn to Swim classes begin on January 19, 2016. Registration opens on January 6. Learn more about our Learn to Swim program

Become more tech savvy

Learn web design, game design, digital photography, coding and more at our Computer Resource Centers. Learn more about our digital technology programs

Spend more time with loved ones

Find fun things to do with the family and friends

Check out our Weekend Fun Guide to find events and other fun things to do during the weekend, or take a look at our Places to Go page for highlights of cool destinations in our parks each season. Keep a look out for our upcoming citywide festivals, including Winter Jam, our annual winter festival at Central Park. This year, Winter Jam will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Eat Healthier

Shop at the greenmarket

Shop for fresh, locally grown food at a greenmarket. Visit GrowNYC to find a list of markets in parks near you. (Photo by Jameel Khaja/Courtesy of GrowNYC)

Learn more about our community gardens

Plant your own veggies at a local community garden with GreenThumb. Learn from citizen volunteers that have been taking care of gardens over the last 30 years. More information about our GreenThumb community gardens

Volunteer ... Give Back

From planting flowers in our parks to teaching free fitness classes, we're always looking for volunteers to help us care for our parks and help us grow stronger and healthier communities. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at NYC Parks

Go Green

Recycle your Christmas tree

Bring your Christmas trees to MulchFest on January 9 and 10, 2016. We’ll chip your trees and turn them into mulch to help nourish our trees and gardens. Learn more about MulchFest

Help care for NYC's street trees and forests

Volunteer with our tree experts to help plant new trees, tend to trees in your neighborhood, and restore our forests and natural areas. Learn more about tree stewardship

Go some place new

Explore New York City with a park ranger

Discover natural areas you've never seen before or would love to know more about. Join our Urban Park Rangers on fun and educational hikes, tours, and workshops in some of New York City's iconic parks and hidden gems. Find an upcoming Urban Park Ranger event

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