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Linden Department of Parks and Recreation receives NJRPA Agency Showcase Award

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation was presented the Agency Showcase Award for Website or Web Feature/Application at the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Annual Awards Ceremony at the Summit Family Aquatic Center in Summit, NJ. Ralph Dunhamn (Recreation Director), Angelo Monaco (Day Camp/Playground Coordinator), Branly Cadet (Playground Supervisor), Joshua Weiss were present on May 19 to accept the award.

Faced with the challenge of providing Summer programming bound by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing protocols, the staff of Linden Recreation responded by creating a Web based Virtual Summer Camp.

Virtual Summer Camp set out to provide a variety of programming opportunities for city residents. Angelo Monaco, Summer Day Camp/Playground Coordinator approved all aspects of the website and edited the embedded Google sheet that contained the weekly schedules and links to all of the instructional YouTube videos that were specific to each activity.

Virtual Camps included live instruction from qualified staff and guest presenters, specialized content and learning resources, after camp challenges to keep campers engaged between sessions, unplugged projects that encouraged children to keep learning away from the computer screen with a variety of dates and times to choose from so that participants could fit a variety of day camp activities into a single week. Programmatic success of the 2020 program has prompted a re-boot of the Virtual Summer Camp website for the upcoming 2021 season, which will include new program offerings.

The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity, and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus State attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.

To view this press release on Union News Daily, please click here.

In the above photo from left to right is Branly Cadet, Angelo Monaco, Valerie Graham and Ralph Dunhamn.

2021 Linden Summer Concert Series

The Linden Summer Concert Series is back starting June 1st at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade! The 2021 Linden Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Mayor Derek Armstead, Linden City Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Buildings and Grounds. For more information and the updated schedule, click here.

  • Concert Start Time – 7:30pm
  • Comedy Night Thursdays – 8pm

Day Camp CDC Guidelines

2021 Summer Day Camp Reopening Plan

We are excited to reopen the Summer Day Camp program for in-person activities for 2021. Our Day Camp program is more important than ever for Linden’s youth for several reasons: Giving children the opportunity to socialize, providing working parents with safe childcare, and providing an opportunity for children to have a routine and return to a sense of normalcy (Lupert, 2021, Par. 6-7). However, the main priority is the health and safety of our participants. By combining these elements, we aim for our participants have a safe, enjoyable, and transformative experience in the parks and facilities of the City of Linden. The Day Camp Reopening Plan is guided by the New Jersey 2021 COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards Guidelines. Thus, please note that this plan is tentative and may be changed at any time based on updated guidance from the appropriate authorities.

Click here to view and/or download the full Parks & Recreation 2021 Summer Day Camp Reopening Plan.

The Mentalist; Virtual Magic & Mind Reading With Kent Axell

When we say the Mentalist, we’re not talking about the show. A mentalist is a magician of the mind, specializing in audience connections through a conjuror form of mind reading and psychic entertainment. The mentalist will perform directly with the audience from start to finish.

The show is 100% interactive! Everyone gets involved in a fun and friendly way. Kent Axell is an NYC/ LA/ Las Vegas based Mentalist & Magician. Kent has directed the highest rated close-up magic show in NYC “A Taste of Magic”, consulted for TV show “Brain Games”, and narrated the “Maximum Entertainment” audio book through Vanishing Inc.

Thank you to Arista Care Health Services for sponsoring this event.

The Crafting Corner


[Linden, NJ, March 16, 2021] Mayor Derek Armstead, The City of Linden, and Department of Parks & Recreation presents ‘The Crafting Corner’ starting April 2021. ‘The Crafting Corner’ is a series of fun and functional craft projects you can make at your own home. Materials for these crafts are available in a kit that supplies almost everything you need to complete a project. You will need your own scissors, Q-tips and toothpicks. These are free programs and will be aired on Linden local channels 36 and 42.

Pre-Registration is required in order to provide class supplies to participants in advance. To register, call 908-474-8627 or register online here.

Classes Offered

Pony Bead Bracelets – Made with colorful pony beads in a variety of colors. Make all 3: single, double and triple row bracelets. For ages 5-12 on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 6:00pm – Kit Curbside Pickup on Monday and Tuesday, April 5th and 6th from 9:00am – 6:30pm.

Worded Bracelets – Worded bracelets using beads and letters to inspire you and those who read it. Words like Love, Peace, Fabulous, Happy and more. For ages 50+ on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 10:00am – Kit Curbside Pickup/Delivery on Monday, April 12th from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Chunky Beaded Necklace – Make a Chunky Beaded Necklace with an assortment of large beads made of wood, acrylics, glass, metal and more without any tools (Earrings included and premade). For ages 13 – Adult on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 at 7:00pm – Kit Curbside Pickup on Monday and Tuesday, April 19th and 20th from 9:00am – 6:30pm.

Beaded Necklace and Bracelet – Make a Faux Pearl, Fancy Acrylic or Gemstone beaded necklace with matching bracelet and (Pre-Made) earrings. No Jewelry tools needed. For ages 50+ on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 10:00am – Kit Curbside Pickup/Delivery on Monday, April 26th from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  

Adult and Youth Craft kits can be picked up curbside on your programs scheduled pickup date at the John T. Gregorio Center, 330 Helen Street, Linden. Drop-offs also available for Senior Citizen Crafts only.