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2023 Indoor Soccer

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the 2023 Indoor Soccer Program. Register early to secure a spot on a team!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: Open to all children ages 6 through 12.
  • What: Indoor soccer. All participants must have their own shin guards.
  • Where: All League games are played at the Linden Multi Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: The League begins on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 10:15am.
  • How: Registration deadline is December 30, 2022. After deadline, all registrants must register at the main office and a waiting list will be established. Registration fee is $56 for residents, and $66 for non-residents. The registration fee includes a one-time annual $6 insurance fee. All participants must have their own shin guards. Register online here, or register in person at the John T. Gregorio Center (330 Helen Street) from 9am until 4pm, or at the Linden Multi Purpose Center (1025 John Street) from 9am until 7pm. All locations accept checks, money orders, Visa and Mastercard. No refunds once the League begins. For more information, call (908) 474-8600. Please note: all new “First Time” participants must bring the following original documents at the time of registration and we will make copies:
    • Child’s original birth certificate.
    • Household bill showing proof of residency.
    • Diver’s License or photo ID of parent/guardian signing up their child.

2023 Little Kickers Indoor Clinic

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the 2023 Little Kickers Indoor Clinic. Register early to secure a spot!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: Open to all children ages 4 and 5.
  • What: Indoor soccer. All participants must have their own shin guards.
  • Where: All Clinic practices are played at the Linden Multi Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: The League begins on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 9am. Clinic will run for eight (8) Saturdays: January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18 and 25.
  • How: Registration deadline is December 30, 2022. After deadline, all registrants must register at the main office and a waiting list will be established. Registration fee is $56 for residents, and $66 for non-residents. The registration fee includes a one-time annual $6 insurance fee. All participants must have their own shin guards. Register online here, or register in person at the John T. Gregorio Center (330 Helen Street) from 9am until 4pm, or at the Linden Multi Purpose Center (1025 John Street) from 9:30am until 7pm. All locations accept checks, money orders, Visa and Mastercard. No refunds once the Clinic begins. For more information, call (908) 474-8600. Please note: all new “First Time” participants must bring the following original documents at the time of registration and we will make copies:
    • Child’s original birth certificate.
    • Household bill showing proof of residency.
    • Diver’s License or photo ID of parent/guardian signing up their child.

2023 Winter Wrestling Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the 2023 Winter Wrestling Program. Our program has produced League and State champions! No experience needed. No one is too big or too small to wrestle!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: For children ages 8 through 18.
  • What: Instruction on basic wrestling techniques and skills to improve one’s body awareness and overall confidence. All participants must have their own wrestling shoes. No experience needed! No one is too big or too small to wrestle!
  • Where: McManus Middle School, which is located at 300 Edgewood Road.
  • When: Program runs from November 28, 2022 through March 9, 2023. Practices are every Monday through Thursday from 6:30pm until 8pm.
  • How: $60 registration fee plus a $6 insurance fee. All participants must have their own wrestling shoes. Register online here, or register in person at the John T. Gregorio Center (330 Helen Street) from 9am until 4pm, or at the Linden Multi Purpose Center (1025 John Street) from 9:30am until 7:30pm. All locations accept checks, money orders, Visa and Mastercard. No cash. No refunds once the session begins. For more information, call (908) 474-8600. Please note: all new “First Time” participants must bring the following original documents at the time of registration and we will make copies:
    • Child’s original birth certificate.
    • Household bill showing proof of residency.
    • Diver’s License or photo ID of parent/guardian signing up their child.

Second Annual Rec’s-Giving

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to attend the second annual Rec’s-Giving! Dine-in or take out dinner.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Rec’s-Giving. Providing dinner on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. One dinner per person. Dine-in or take out.
  • Where: Linden Multi-Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 1pm.
  • How: First-come, first-served while supplies last. One dinner per person. For more information, please call (908) 474-8639.

Annual Community Harvest Party

Thanks to a collaborative effort by Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Morning Star Community Christian Center, the Harvest Party was a huge success!   

The Harvest Party was developed to create a safe alternative to children going door to door, where the entire family and children of all ages can come out to play games to win candy, participate in contests, win prizes (adults too) and have a great time!  

This year’s event featured our usual games, but also included face painters, a caricature artist, multiple contests, refreshments, a DJ, and so much more.   

We want to thank our local clergy, their members and local businesses for their kind donations of pizza, candy, candy and even more candy, as well as financial support.   

Hope you had an opportunity to attend and we look forward to seeing everyone come out next year.

Click here to view the gallery of photos from the event.

Halloween Parade

Mayor Derek Armstsead, the City of Linden, the Department of Parks & Recreation, Uptown Linden, Linden Public Schools, the Union County Board of County Commissioners, Columbia Bank and the Halloween Parade Committee invite you to attend Linden’s 69th annual Halloween Parade on October 23!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Halloween parade.
  • When: Sunday, October 23, 2022. Parade lineup is at 1pm. The parade will start promptly at 2pm. Rain date is Sunday, October 30, 2022.
  • Where: The parade lineup will begin at the Community Center Building, which is located at 605 South Wood Avenue. The parade will continue down Wood Avenue and end at the House of Flowers, which is located at 650 North Wood Avenue. 
  • How: Anyone who would like join in the parade and/or for more information, contact the Recreation Department at (908) 474-8600.

Registration for Parks & Recreation Fall Programs

Registration has begun for the City of Linden Department of Parks & Recreation Fall season programs. The department offers a variety of classes for youth, adults and senior citizens including arts and crafts, ceramic, sewing, line dancing, Zumba and more.

Basketball Fundamental Skills & Drills for Boys & Girls

Mayor Derek Armstead and the Department of Parks & Recreation are proud to present Fundamental Skills & Drills for Boys and Girls. Hosted by Coach Lance.

Come with a great attitude, be ready to work hard and be on time!

  • Who: Ages 8 – 10 (10am until 11:15am), Ages 11 – 13 (11:30am until 12:45pm), High School Level (1pm until 2:15pm), All Ages (2:30pm until 5pm).
  • What: Basketball fundamentals. Skills and drills for diffferent age groups. The program will conclude with a travel basketball workout that is open to all ages.
  • Where: Linden Multi Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: Saturday, August 13th and Saturday August 20th, 2022. Fundamentals for ages 8 – 10 will be held from 10am until 11:15am, fundamentals for ages 11 – 13 will be held from 11:30am until 12:45pm, fundamentals for high school ages will be held from 1pm until 2:15pm. The travel basketball workout open to all ages will be held from 2:30pm until 5pm.
  • How: For more information, call (908) 474-8639.