Press Releases

Monday, May 06, 2019
No. 32


Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

NYC Parks this week hosts the fourth annual Senior Games at recreation centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Through Friday, May 10, more than 400 senior recreation center members will compete in shuffleboard, bowling, swimming, basketball, track and field, board games, table tennis, cornhole and pickleball. Winners in each activity will be awarded ribbons and will come together for an official closing ceremony on Tuesday, May 14 at the Prospect Park Picnic House at 11:00 a.m.

“The Senior Games are a reminder that aging can’t hold us back from keeping ourselves in shape mentally and physically, and continuing to build community,” said NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher. “Thanks to free membership and a slew of great programming, seniors can continue to thrive year-round at our 36 recreation centers citywide.”

“Congratulations to all those participating in today’s games as good health and vibrancy through physical and mental fitness are essential at all ages,” said Department for the Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez. “With nearly 250 senior centers that offer free fitness classes, we stand ready to help even more New Yorkers engage.”

“New York Road Runners is thrilled to partner with NYC Parks for the fourth edition of the Senior Games to continue our shared efforts encouraging New Yorkers of all ages to stay active,” said Rachel Pratt, senior vice president of youth and community services at NYRR. “Through programs such as NYRR Striders, we’re committed to providing access for local seniors to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. The participants of this week’s NYC Parks Senior Games truly showcase the benefits and importance of exercise at any age.”

The Games kicked off this morning with an 11-mile ceremonial torch run through Brooklyn on a route that began at Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center, and passed through Williamsburg, Red Hook, Prospect Park and Crown Heights, before ending at the opening celebration at Brownsville Recreation Center.

Highlights of the week’s events are below. For a complete Senior Games schedule, visit our website:

Tuesday, May 7: Men’s pickleball, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Sunset Park Recreation Center, Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 8: Shuffleboard, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Royal Palm Shuffleboard Club, Brooklyn

Thursday, May 9: Track and field and cornhole, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, Staten Island

Friday, May 10: Table tennis, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brownsville Recreation Center, Brooklyn

The Senior Games are presented with support from New York Road Runners, Humana, brightHealth, Cabot Cheese, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, the Public Theatre and the NYC Department for the Aging.

Parks oversees a network of 36 recreation centers citywide, and offers discounted memberships for seniors. For more information on recreational opportunities at Parks, visit our website.

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