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Chelsea Recreation Center

The Daily Plant : Friday, January 13, 2006

The Outdoors Beckon This Weekend

photo by Spencer T Tucker

Winter winds may have taken a temporary hiatus, but seasonal fun in New York City’s parks are still going strong! Get inspired here; visit for even more ideas.


Join the Urban Park Rangers this Sunday, January 15, as they celebrate the natural environment through creativity during Eco-Crafts at Pelham Bay Park. Make flowers from your own hand print, create sailboats out of paper, and explore other means of expression when you head to the Pelham Bay Nature Center at 1:00 p.m. for this free event.


Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other African Americans who have made great contributions to society through a variety of cultural events and activities in Prospect Park. Learn about freedom quilts through live storytelling and a quilt-making workshop for children and adults at the Lefferts Historic House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15. You can also listen to guest speakers from the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) and the Sierra Club as they explore the African-American experience, and enjoy performances by the Drummers’ Grove musicians at the Audubon Center. Visit for a schedule of speakers and performances.


Learn to play like Pelé when you take part in the Free Youth Soccer Clinic this Saturday, January 14, at the Chelsea Recreation Center. This free instruction will be offered every Saturday until June 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and is open to boys and girls ages 6 through 12. Clinics will focus on the basic fundamentals of the game with an emphasis on dribbling, passing, heading, defending, shooting, and goalkeeping. Head to the Chelsea Recreation Center at 430 West 25th Street to kick-start the fun!


Bring your binoculars and field guides for a nice brisk walk around Alley Pond Park as you count and observe ducks of the North Shore this Saturday, January 14. Winter is the season to observe the largest variety of ducks—and with birder Larry Plotnick as your guide, you’re sure to learn a few things along the way. Head to the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14.


"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to
accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

Helen Keller

Park Information

Directions to Chelsea Recreation Center

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersChelsea Recreation Center

The phone lines are currently out of service at this recreation center as we upgrade our phone system. This will only be temporary. For any questions, please call the Manhattan Borough Office at 212-408-0243.

Recreation CentersChelsea Recreation Center

Beginning Tuesday, April 10th and ending Saturday, June 30th, the center will be replacing all light fixtures and lighting equipment to LED. There will be temporary closures of room scheduled throughout this project. Please speak with front desk or view signage at front desk regarding closures. Thank you for understanding as we improve our center.

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